Macros, Macros, Macros. If you have any interest in fitness, nutrition, or simply have a social media account on any platform you’ve probably seen the term, “Macro” and wondered, “What the heck are Macros?” and “Why do those Macro consumers look so fit?”
Well here’s the scoop, macros isn’t some hidden secret, magical unicorn, or unattainable tool to the average person. Macros, are Macronutrients, and are the nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins we (humans) need in large amounts in our diets. Those who promote macronutrients typically calculate how many grams of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins they should consume in a day to:
- Optimize their workouts
- Keep their physiques lean and muscular
- Increase their body’s lean muscle mass
As a bikini competitor, trainer, and nutrition coach, I’m a strong believer in counting Macros, over calories. I’ve noticed that by understanding how many carbs, fats, and proteins a person needs vs how many calories consumed has educated my clients on portion control, balance and improves their habits around their personal nutrition. My clients have not only lost weight, increased muscle, and dropped their body fat percentage, but also created a healthier lifestyle concerning their food consumption. Food becomes a lot clearer when you consider those 3 categories (carbs, fats, protein) while cooking, meal prepping, and eating out.
But, wait, wait, wait, just as our body’s NEED macronutrients, we also need Micronutrients. I’ve witnessed the consequences of how the one-sided focus on macronutrients can lead to the neglect, and deficiency in micronutrients. Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals we need in relatively small amounts.
I remember dating a bodybuilder who had to remind me, “Babe, don’t forget your micros!” it was then that I realized I had totally neglected to actively consume micronutrients. Like in life, our diets cannot consist of “all” “only” “nothing” and “always” and we must create a balanced diet that’s nutrient dense and full of all the good stuff we need.
I personally don’t eat very many fruits, and don’t like broccoli because it bloats me, but I also understand there are essential vitamins & minerals in both. I won’t bore you with the science, but do know, to avoid creating a deficiency I take a vitamin supplement like “Nature’s Fuel” found at Nutrishop. Nature’s Fuel is a great vitamin formula because it contains the Vitamins, Minerals, Greens, Amino Acids, and Antioxidants our body’s needs.
Keep in mind you may not find a multivitamin that has it all, but I’ve created a check list for what to look for in a great Micronutrient Supplement.
Here’s a check list when Looking for a great Micronutrient Supplement:
|Vitamin C||Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||Folic Acid||Vitamin E (d-alpha-Tocopherol)|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin, Niacinamide)||Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)||Biotin|
|Vitamin B5 (Pantothenate)||Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)||Beta-carotene|
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)||Folic Acid||Vitamin D3|
Other Essential Nutrients
|Green Tea Leaf Extract||Inositol|