So… What’s a macro?

Macros. It’s the buzzword in the health & fitness world, and for good reason… But if you’re being honest, you don’t really understand what it’s all about.

Let us step you through everything you need to know.

“Macro” is short for macronutrient, which is the umbrella term for the three key nutrients that should make up the majority of your diet; carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Plenty of foods even contain a mix of 2-3 macros!

Carbohydrates are the sugars, starches, and fibers found in our diet. These are useful to our bodies in fuelling our nervous system, storing energy, and sparing protein and fat for other uses.

Foods high in good carbs include all fruits and vegetables, whole grains (rice, quinoa, oats), legumes, and nuts.

Protein consists of amino acids, which are often nicknamed the chemical “building blocks”. Our bodies use the amino acids from our protein intake to repair and build muscle and bones, whilst also assisting the creation of hormones and enzymes.

Some examples of food high in protein include animal products (chicken, beef, fish, etc.), quinoa, tofu, beans, lentils, and tempeh.

Fats are essential in the human diet, as the human body cannot create fatty acids itself. Fat is vital in allowing the body to absorb vitamins A, D, and E, as these are all fat-soluble. Alongside this, fats support cell growth, protect your organs, and keep your body warm.

Avocado, eggs, fish, olive oil, nuts, and dark chocolate are all great sources of healthy fats. Don’t go too hard on the dark chocolate. 😉

A healthy diet comes down to a well-balanced ratio of the three macros and ensuring these macros are high-quality. This ratio differs for everyone, depending on personal health goals and levels of fitness.

When people refer to “macros”, it’s typically in a “wholefood” sense rather than refined, as your body reaps more rewards. “Whole” foods mean something different for each macro. Whole Carbohydrates are typically unprocessed; containing extra goodies such as fiber, which you’d miss out on with refined options. Refined carbohydrates can also often mean sugars have been added.

Whole proteins look a little different. The body requires the consumption of all protein strands for optimised function – meaning it’s best if you eat a range of different protein sources. Animal products provide a complete and whole range of protein, however, if opting for plant-based options, it’s recommended to eat a range!

Whole fats refer to unsaturated and natural trans fats. Saturated fats (the ones found in donuts, margarine, and cakes) are to be avoided where possible, as these increase cholesterol and prompt heart blockages.

There’s your five-minute macro masterclass! If you have any questions, leave it below & we’d be happy to help.

 

 

Nirvana Life offers three different meal size options to cater to all fitness and health goals. Which meal is right for you?

Lean: Catered for those wanting to lose weight, our lean meal is high in protein and low in carbohydrates; keeping muscles lean and strong whilst reducing your energy intake.

Our lean meals contain on average 90g protein and 50g of carbohydrates.

Fitness: Created for the gym junkies ready to see results. Our fitness meal size assists you in building lean muscle whilst giving you enough energy through carbohydrates to get through your daily workout.

Our fitness meals contain on average 145g of protein and 100g of carbohydrates.

Bulk: You’re a seasoned professional and ready to ramp things up. Our bulk meal is perfect if you are wanting to gain weight the healthy way, without sacrificing happy taste buds.

Our bulk meals contain 190g of protein and 200g of carbohydrates.

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