Macronutrients. You have seen the word on labels or the word has been mentioned while you talk about the latest diets with your friends., but what are macronutrients? What do we need to know about them when it comes to health and what about macronutrients and weight loss?
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Here are the most important things you need to know about macronutrients.
What are Macronutrients?
“Macro” means large-scale and nutrients are things our bodies need for healthy growth, metabolism and those lovely little units of energy we refer to as calories.
Very simply stated, macronutrients are a classification of nutrients we need to consume as part of our diet in large quantities.
The Three Major Types of Macronutrients
You may not be as familiar with the term macronutrients, but we guarantee that you have heard about Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat!
These are the three major types of macronutrients and if you hear someone say they are “counting macros”, they are counting their intake of the number of calories for each of these three types of macronutrients.
Here’s what you need to know about each type: