What are macronutrients? And how can they bring you closer to your health and weight loss goals? Simply stated, macronutrients, or macros, are the nutrients in our diets which provide calories and energy. The term “macro” means large, so macronutrients are the nutrients your body needs in large quantities for us to live and function optimally.
The three macronutrients are carbohydrates, protein and fat – each of which provide energy and make up the calories you consume. While you may be familiar with counting calories, it is equally beneficial to understand the makeup of the calories you consume, which is where macronutrients become useful for achieving the most bang for your caloric buck when dieting.
The next time you look at your nutrition label, pay closer attention to where your calories are coming from. When you begin to take notice of what quantity of carbohydrates, protein, and fat make up your diet it becomes easier to track your progress to bring you closer to your goals.