Let’s Talk About Macros: A Beginner’s Guide on How To Count Macro

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Whether you want to lose weight, change your body composition, or gain muscle mass, counting macros will help you reach your goals.  

What Is a Macronutrient?

Before jumping into how to count macros, it’s important to understand exactly what a macro is. 

Macro is short for macronutrients, the three major components of our diet: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Our bodies need these nutrients because each one is essential for various bodily functions and gives us energy.

Why Count Macros? Macro counting has become extremely popular over the years because it allows you to be flexible. There aren’t entire food groups off-limits or macro groups to avoid, like bread or dairy – you can enjoy anything you’d like, as long as it fits inside your macros.  

What Is Macro Counting?

1. Determine your macro goals: Your goals will depend on your needs and goals. You can use online calculators or consult with a registered dietitian to determine what your targets should be.

1. Track your food and drinks: There are many methods for tracking macros, including using a food-tracking app, writing them down in a journal, or using a spreadsheet. Find a method that works best for you and stick to it.

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