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UNDERSTANDING MACRONUTRIENTS

Do you get all confused when it comes to understanding foods and macronutrients?

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If so this article should help clear up a few things for you.

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When it comes to macronutrients I believe that quite a large number of the population do not understand them. So here is a quick run through them.

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We have Carbohydrates, Protein and Fats.

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According to Ludwig (2018), Carbohydrates are our primary fuel source in the body. They are vital for optimal performance so you can imagine when you completely cut them out because they are too “fattening”, you will soon realize that your performance will drop in the gym. Carbohydrates will not make you fat and are fine provided you calories are in line with your current goals.

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Protein is the building blocks of muscle tissue, bones, tendons and ligaments. They are a key component for every cell in the body.

Regulates metabolism and used for enzyme, hormone production and other chemicals in the body. They are also key to immune function. There are 9 Essential Amino Acids that need to be consumed via food. Finally eating sufficient will improve Satiety.

(Mathis, 2004)

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Finally, fats have been given a bad wrap of the last number of years but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Fats are essential for a fully functional body especially when it comes to endocrine function and the production of hormones such as HGH and testosterone (Ramalho et al.2018).

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When it comes to chasing body compositional goals nutrient timing (carbs and protein) may be beneficial but just remember that calorie intake is the number variable that you need to control first.

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According to Freire (2019), there is no one effective method for body fat loss and none is superior to the other. When it comes to losing body fat adopting a diet that suits you with a negative energy balance and one that promotes good food quality to promote health is a good idea.

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I hope this helps!

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