What Does It Mean to Track Macros?

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Have you overheard people at the gym say they track macros and wondered whether you should do the same? Or wondered what in the heck macros are, anyway? Here’s a quick overview:

“Macros” stands for macronutrients: fat, protein and carbohydrates. Most foods contain some percentage of two or more of these. For instance, a 124 gram chicken breast contains 27 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat and zero carbohydrates.

(How did we know this? It’s easy: Processed and packaged foods will list such information on the label. Whole foods such as chicken, plain fruits and veggies, etc., can easily be Googled: “chicken breast calories,” for example, brings up a result on www.myfitnesspal.com with the information above.)

Eye-Opening Results

Tracking macros is a more refined process than tracking calories. Instead of monitoring how many calories you consume, you pay attention to the nutritional value of those calories too.

Because 1,500 calories’ worth of French fries and ice cream is way different than 1,500 calories’ worth of yogurt, almonds, string cheese, grapes, broccoli, blueberries, arugula, avocado and chicken.

The effort can change your eating habits, reshape your body and improve your health. In next week’s newsletter, we’ll explore the reasons why you might want to track your macros (or why not); the week after, we’ll tell you how.

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