Macronutrients, or “macros,” are the building blocks of nutrition. It is extremely important that if you want to lose weight, get in shape, and avoid uncontrollable cravings that you make sure that every meal is composed of the right percentage of macronutrients.
You probably know macros better as carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Macros are the nutrients you need in large amounts, as they provide your body with the calories it needs to function. Macronutrients are very important for those that workout or want to lose weight to include in their diet because macronutrients provide the energy you need to perform your daily activities. One type of macronutrient is carbohydrates.
These provide long-term energy. Proteins are another important macronutrient as well as fat. Protein Macros: Proteins function as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. They are also building blocks for enzymes, hormones, and vitamins. Proteins are one of three nutrients that provide calories (the others are fat and carbohydrates). Fat Macros: “Your body needs healthy sources of fat, also known as essential fatty acids, because the body can’t produce these fatty acids naturally.”
Essential fatty acids contribute to brain development, blood clotting and aid in inflammatory control, according to the National Institute of Health. Carbohydrate Macros: Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy: They help fuel your brain, kidneys, heart muscles, and central nervous system. For instance, fiber is a carbohydrate that aids in digestion, helps you feel full, and keeps blood cholesterol levels in check.
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