What is macro meal planning?
“Macros”, short for macronutrients, are the 3 main building blocks of food- protein, carbohydrates, and fat. If you know how many grams of each macro are in what you’re eating, you can calculate how many calories are in your meal. There are 4 calories per gram of protein and carbohydrates, and 9 calories per gram of fat. Each macro plays a part in the functioning of your body and all are important.
Through macro meal planning, you can ensure that you get enough protein, for example- something that is important for building muscle or ensuring that you lose fat and not muscle when you're losing weight. Others use macro meal plans to try to limit carbs. It can depend on your unique goals.
Why should you macro meal plan?
Macros should be a core component of any fitness plan. Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight, or build muscle- macros help get you there. While above all, it’s most important to hit calorie goals, hitting macro goals like protein, come in second place. Eating sufficient amounts of protein will allow you to retain muscle mass while losing weight, allowing you to look more toned and burn more fat- instead of burning muscle. All macros are important when it comes to vitamin absorption, hormone production, and more. Macro meal planning can help you hit your goals, stay on track, and gain a deeper understanding of what you’re eating and what roles it plays in your body.