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I have heard about “counting your Macros.” What are they and should I count them?

Macronutrients are the main components of Nutrition and they consist of Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fats and each of them provide the body with valuable building blocks.

 

Protein: helps to build and repair muscles, skin, and organs in the body and it will also help to regulate hormones in your system. Protein is found in meat, fish, poultry, dairy, nuts, and legumes.

 

Carbohydrates: this is your body’s main source of fuel as it provides energy for all of your body’s systems. There are two main types of “carbs” and they are simple carbohydrates (the carbs to avoid commonly found in sweets and desserts) and complex carbohydrates (the good carbs commonly found in vegetables and fruit).

 

Fats: acts as an insulator and protection for our bones and organs, it is a secondary fuel source for the body, and assists in brain health. Some fats are more healthy than others (avocado, olive oil, fish oils) and are known as unsaturated fats. Fats that are less healthy, (ok is smaller amounts) are found in meat, butter, full-fat dairy are known as saturated fats.

 

Should you count them? This is dependent on your individual health goals and should be discussed with a health professional because some people may want to reduce carbohydrates to lose weight, increase protein to build muscle mass, or reduce fats for total body health, but this does not always equate to good nutrition. It is important to get the appropriate amount of macronutrients for complete nutrition and this is best done under the guidance of certified health professional.

 

Eli Licht, Certified Health Coach

*Ask Our Healthcare Professionals is a weekly opportunity to ask our team any question you have. Answers are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or dysfunction and are intended for general informational purposes only. Submit your questions by email to nhutchison@stateraintegrated.com, and feel free to leave out any identifying information if you prefer!

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