WHAT IS A MACRO?
For me, this might be the most important part of FASTer Way to Fat Loss®. It's a different way to think about tracking the food we consume each day. It is NOT calorie counting.
Macros play a very important role in my life. Macros have given me freedom to make good choices and incorporate the food and drinks I enjoy vs. elimination and restriction of the things I enjoy. It's a different way to think about tracking the food we consume each day. It is tracking whole foods, NOT counting calories. When you join one of my FWTFL sessions you will find that this is one of most important parts of the program and you will see how Macros will change your life!
Macronutrients (i.e. macros) are the molecules our bodies need to grow and be active. Macros are broken down into three categories: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. We use Macros (molecules) as energy to do work on a cellular, tissue, organ, and organismal level. This energy helps us break down nutrients, repair damaged cells, grow new cells, and more. Macros can also affect hormone production, metabolism, immune system, nutrient absorption, cell structure and function.
The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is a whole food-based program; this is the best way for you to eat and nourish your body. The bulk of your nutrition throughout the program should consist of whole foods.
Whole foods are foods found in their most natural state. If it had a mother or can be grown, then it is a whole food. Whole foods have few ingredients, and they are all easily pronounced. Whole foods have not been modified and are not processed. They have no added sugars or chemicals. They are simply...whole.
Whole foods include but are not limited to:
Herbs and spices
You can find continued recipes and meal support on my recipes page.
WHAT IS A MACRO, EXACTLY?
Macronutrients = Macro
Macros are the combination of protein, carbs and fats and how they work in your body -> this is where you will be getting the energy content (calories) of your diet. Most of the actual weight of the food you consume comes from your “macros” and these nutrients are usually measured in grams.
HOW DO MACROS WORK FOR ME EACH DAY?
Use Macros as a daily guide
Each time you eat you should at least include protein & fiber (other than the odd apple here or there).
At meals, your plate should be: ½ fibrous veggies, ¼ protein, ¼ starchy carbs & oils & fats.
EXAMPLE OF A NORMAL MACRO MEAL
Fibrous Vegetables: 2 to 4 handfuls
Clean Protein: 1 palm-size portion
Starchy Carbs & Fruits: 1 handful
Fats: ½ shot glass (1½ Tbsp) for oils & butter- for nuts & seeds 1 thumb-size serving
HOW I THINK ABOUT MACROS
I like to have a picture in my mind of how many of each macro I have consumed each day. The percentages tell me how much each macro took up of my total calories. Keep in mind, I could hit the percentages (example; 50% cabrs, 30% fat, 20% protein) but still be under in grams. Lots more details on how to manage and track this if you sign up for a session with me!