What are Macronutrients

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When we talk about weight loss, many have the misconception that skipping meals is a good way to lose weight. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Skipping meals can lead to craving for food, binge eating and as a result, weight gain. This is because you are more likely to overeat and choose high calorie, high fat foods when you are extremely hungry. Ideally you should

  • Give your body what it really needs
  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juices
  • Get sufficient sleep.
  • Lose weight by eating smaller and healthier meals that contain the right balance of macronutrients throughout the day.

Macronutirents are the essential components that help all the systems of your body such as brain, heart, kidneys, liver, lungs central nervous system run at full capacity.  It is important to understand the fundamentals of how your body utilizes different macronutrients because without this fundamental understanding you will not be able to make informed decisions about what to eat. Your body needs each macronutrient in relatively large quantities to function properly.  So, what are the three macronutrients?

  • Carbohydrates (including fiber which is essentially indigestible carbohydrate)
  • Dietary Fat.
  • Protein.

Each of these macronutrients provides the body with a certain number of calories:

  • Carbohydrates: 4 per gram
  • Proteins: 4 per gram
  • Fats: 9 per gram

My next blog article discusses the first of these, Carbohydrates.

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