Posted by TEAM UCN on March 15, 2017
After reading our first blog, questions may still be in your head about what exactly it is that we do, and more importantly, what in the world are Macros!? You are not alone, and you are definitely not the first to be asking on what macros are. To make things simple, macros (short for macronutrients), are the three main sources that our body needs daily in order to function properly. Macronutrients are composed of Fats, Carbohydrates, and last but not least Protein. In this coming series we will briefly be explaining on the importance that each Macro has on our bodies, and why we need the right amount of each to not only function properly, but to also optimize the chances of you reaching your nutrition goals.
The first step, and probably the most important one, is for us to be aware of what exactly we are eating. Below is a snap shot showing some examples of different foods, and how they are categorized when talking about Macros.
Now that you have an idea of what Macros consist of, here’s an example of how you could start becoming more aware on what you are eating.
When you see an apple, don’t just think of it as fruit, but think of it as a Carbohydrate packed snack. Our bodies are perfect machines, that still need aid and care, and what we choose to put into them really does matter. When food enters your stomach your body isn’t thinking, “Healthy or “Unhealthy?” It simply breaks down the food processing the macronutrients. Ever wonder why some people struggle to meet their body composition goals, even when following what seems to be a healthy meal plan/diet? It is for the simple fact that every person needs different macronutrients ratios, which when met properly, have a dramatic impact on body composition and overall energy levels. Meeting the specific and correct macronutrients your body needs is KEY to accomplish your different goals when dealing with nutrition.
To understand this just a bit more, here’s another example that might resonate with some of us. Picture three vehicles, a V8 engine truck, a V6 engine SUV, and a V4 engine coupe. They all need fuel to run, but the difference is that they all need different amounts of it in order to last a longer duration. If you were to put $20 on all three, each will get fueled differently than the another. The smaller car may get filled up, while the bigger truck would get pretty much nothing. Same exact concept goes for our bodies, we are all extremely different, and live different lives, so how do you expect for a diet, or meal plan to work for everyone the same way.
Join us next week where we will be focusing on each Marco specifically, and the responsibilities each carries out in our bodies and overall goals. So from this point on, challenge yourself to start viewing food not only as food to consume, but as Macros that fuel your body for your everyday life!