If you’re at all into fitness, you’ve undoubtedly heard the term ‘macros’ thrown around. If you’re unfamiliar with macros, it’s short for macronutrients, i.e. protein, carbohydrates and fat. If you want to just lose some weight, you count calories. If you want to lose fat, tighten, shape and tone a killer body, you need to count MACROS.
Calories vs. Macros
Calories are actually made up of macronutrients. Each macro contains a certain number of calories per gram. Calories only account for overall energy while macros account for what those calories are made of. Because your body needs a certain amount of each macro to change your body’s shape, counting calories alone is ineffective. Lining up your macros in the right amounts automatically allows your body to unlock its ability to change drastically, and can easily be adjusted as your body changes.
Everyone knows what calories are. Calories provide the body with the energy it needs to survive. The number of calories you consume is directly proportional to the amount of weight you gain or lose. Counting calories is a good way to lose or gain weight, TEMPORARILY. However, if your goal is a lean, muscular, ripped physique, just counting calories will not be the most efficient way to go. You will hit a wall and ultimately give up and gain the weight back.
Enter macros. And, more specifically, counting macros.
Each macronutrient plays a different yet vital role within your body, no matter what Dr. Atkins or anyone trying to sell books tells you. Proper manipulation of these macros can help you reach your physique goals a lot faster than counting calories alone. Real Results is an industry leader in macronutrient planning. Our Master Trainer and owner is an athlete who has been using macro planning for years to change his body and bodies of hundreds of clients.
Protein plays a huge role in your diet. Protein will help preserve lean muscle tissue if you are in a caloric deficit, and help build muscle if you are trying to bulk up. It also helps control your appetite better and will keep you satisfied for longer periods of time.
In addition, protein has a high thermic effect, meaning it takes the body more calories to digest a gram of protein than any other macronutrient. This is part of the reason high protein diets are so effective for weight loss. Not only will protein keep you full, but the more protein you eat, the more calories your body burns
One of the biggest nutritional mistakes of the last century was the war on fat. Fat plays a vital role in the body and is essential for proper hormonal function. It does not lead to heart disease in otherwise normally healthy individuals, and needs to be incorporated into your nutritional plan.
Carbohydrates provide the fuel for good workouts, especially when resistance training is involved. When consumed, carbs are stored in the muscles as glycogen and used as energy during a workout or after to help the body recover.
With macro planning, you just need to know how much of each type works for you and what to do when your body changes. The process is very scientific and requires a bit of information and calculation. Only a certified professional can properly obtain the necessary information and make the calculations to determine your starting point for macro planning. Calorie counting is easy, and that’s why people do it. At Real Results, we know that if it’s easy, it probably isn’t worth it. We’ll help you do the work to develop a macro meal planning system that will help you reach your goals.
At Real Results Fitness & Health, we want to help our clients maximize their efforts in the gym by helping them make healthy food and lifestyle choices outside of the gym. One of the programs we offer to accomplish this goal is the Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program.
The good news is, you can do something about it.