What is a Macro?

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know I’m a huge advocate of “If It Fits Your Macros” and Flexible dieting.  I discovered this nutrition method after years of unhealthy bingeing cycles post competing.  It helped me learn balance, portion control, and finally gave me the freedom to eat “normally” again *normal is a relative term.

Let’s learn the basics before we go any further.  Macros is short for Macronutrients which are Protein, Carbohydrate, & Fat.  These are the three nutrients that provide energy in the form of calories. Protein, Carbs, & fat make up your calorie intake.

Each macro has it’s own number of calories per gram:

Protein = 4kcal/g

Carbs = 4kcal/g

Fat = 9kcal/g

This is the backbone of If It Fits Your Macros.  Macros tracking is all about numbers. You have a designated amount of calories, which break down into specific protein, carbohydrate, and fat goals in terms of grams.

The key is to stop thinking there are “clean” and “dirty” foods and start thinking of foods in terms of their macros.  A donut is no longer a dirty food, it is now 190 calories, 12g of fat, 22 carbs, and 2g of protein.  Not to mention delicious!

Don’t get nervous, you don’t need a math degree to figure this out!

If you’d like to figure out your macro goals for yourself, head over to happyfitsarah.com/macrocalculator and download your free calculator!

For more macros basics, join me live Monday-Saturday on Periscope at 10:30am cst; I’d love to connect with you there!  Periscope.tv/happyfitsarah