What are Macros (protein, fat, carbs)?
When talking about macros, it’s important to know that there are three primary macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. We need all three for survival, and the body requires different macronutrients to help support energy levels, brain health, and even blood sugar support.
The Difference Between Macros & Micros
When looking at a more broad definition of nutrients as a whole, “nutrients” are considered to be environmental substances that are used for energy, growth, as well as different body functions. There are two different nutrients to look at, macronutrients and micronutrients.
Macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and fats) are needed in larger amounts than micronutrients, which are vitamins, minerals, and enzymes found in food. Micronutrients are found in much smaller amounts than macronutrients when it comes to how many overall calories they provide us with.
Why You Should Eat Every Macronutrient
A great way to create a well-balanced diet is to view your meals through these categories. This is the ideal way to make sure that you are getting a balance of each macronutrient in every single meal you eat.
Since each macronutrient has its own benefit and role in the body, getting enough of each is important for balanced health.
However, keep in mind that overall macronutrient balance is really going to vary from person to person. While we all need all three macros, some may find they do better on a lower carb and higher fat diet, while others may do better with a balanced mix of all three.
Let’s take a closer look at each macro, what they do, and the best and quickest sources of each.