Raise your hand if you have ever heard any of these expressions: carbs are the enemy, eating protein will hurt your kidneys, eating fat will make you fat. Everyone seems to have an opinion about what you should and shouldn’t eat. The thing is that people often forget what our bodies need to function and they choose crazy excessive diets in order to get a quick fix for their weight problems. One of the more common things that people do in order to lose weight is to cut one of the macronutrients out of their diets. There is a lot of conflicting information out there about macros, so today I’m going to give you information about each of the macronutrients to (hopefully) help you make better decisions about how to fuel your body.
Macronutrients refer to the 3 basic components of every diet: carbohydrates, protein and fats. Your body needs each of the macronutrients to function properly. Everybody needs a different number of macros depending on their goals and lifestyle; but our body needs all 3 of them to survive. Let’s break them down to see why they are so important.
Carbs…everybody’s favorite fuel
Carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy. When you eat enough carbs, your body does not need to break down muscle to use as energy. Let me repeat that: if you do not eat enough carbs, your body will use muscle for energy. In addition, carbs help with the breakdown of fat. The thing is that not all carbs are created equal, it’s important to eat carbs that are high in fiber. Fiber helps you stay full, decreases cholesterol levels and aids with the reduction of triglyceride levels. Still think carbs are the enemy?
Protein is made from amino acids. Amino acids help regulate body function, are components of enzymes, helps us maintain a healthy immune system and aid with hormone regulation. There are certain amino acids that are not made by our bodies, they are called essential amino acids, because we need to obtain them from food sources. That is why getting enough protein in our diet is very important to maintain healthy bodily functions.
Fat…eating it will NOT make you fat
There is a big misconception that eating fat will make you fat. In reality though, fat aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and it is used as a source of energy. Fat is also used in hormone production and it also keep you full for longer. When you incorporate healthy fats into your diet, your body will be able to better absorb nutrients. In conclusion, fat does not make you fat, it makes you healthier.
If you want help determining the number of macros that you need to support your lifestyle and workout routine, reach out to any of the coaches here at Celebration CrossFit and we will point you in the right direction. You can also schedule a free nutrition consult with me and we can get you set up in the path of nutrition success.
by Coach Keren