Many people vow to Lose Weight at the beginning of each year. Their approach is to limit their meals to the fewest they can survive on, or they only rely on greens. Though this can be effective to some extent, it is like taking the boldest step for weight loss.
To lose weight, you need to know what your meal contains and the functions of the macros in it. But wait! Are you aware of macros? Right? Well, never mind. So, to help you understand the process, let’s start by defining macro-nutrients, or macros. So let’s jump in.
What are Macro-Nutrients?
Macro-Nutrients, or “macros,” are the three basic components of every diet, known as fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Macro means large, which indicates that these nutrients are needed in large quantities by your body. Macros are the source of energy for the body cells and are also referred to as the fuel for your body.
Each of these nutrients has a different vital importance for the body and performs different functions such as growth, movement, digestion, etc. Since now you know its importance, it is obvious that you should never cut off any of these nutrients completely. However, you can adjust the amount of each nutrient in your Diet to achieve your weight goals.
Almost every food has a combination of macro-nutrients, but their classification is determined by its composition. The macro with the highest percentage determines the classification of the foods. For instance, potatoes are 89% carbs, 2% fat, and 9% protein, so even though there are some other macro-nutrients as well, it is classified as a carbs.
Importance of Macro-Nutrients:
Macros are very important for the proper function of your body. It provides the energy that our body needs on a daily basis to accomplish the basic tasks, i.e., walking, thinking, maintaining its temperature, etc. Besides, each macro-nutrient has a different function and importance for the body.
Carbohydrates, or carbs, play a vital role in keeping your body up and running. It is the main energy source of your body and the primary for your brain. Being the main energy source, the body breaks down carbs into glucose, or blood sugar, that helps fuel your organs, cells, and tissues.
Since the brain requires energy in order to keep functioning, the body preserves the carbohydrates in the form of glucose and stores them in the liver and muscles in the form of glycogen.
Once the most avoided macro, Fats are a very important part of the diet as they provide the body with energy. While some dietary fats are healthier than others, they all play a great role in your body. Fats are very essential for brain development, studies confirmed. Consumption of good fats also helps the body make hormones and aids the body in absorbing important vitamins (A, D, E, and K). Besides, it has the highest calorie count per gram, which means that you will have the feeling of satiety or will feel full for longer.
Most people these days are on Protein-packed diets, and it makes sense. Though all the macro-nutrients are very important and essential, protein is essential for the growth, development, repair, and maintenance of body tissues. It is present in every body cell, and a sufficient protein intake is important to keep the bones, muscles, and tissues healthy.
Besides these, protein is important for the body in many other ways. It supports the immune system of the body, providing structure and support to cells, and also aids in biochemical reactions in the body.
Since you now know everything about macros, you can track them and make better eating choices for a healthier lifestyle. However, if you are having a hard time finding the nutritional facts of your meals, then you should try “Pakistani Food Calories,” a mobile application for better eating habits.
With this App, you can track the macro-nutrients and Calories of your meal. Besides, you can find the best meals if you are following a certain diet, such as a low-fat, low-carb, or low-protein diet. You can also set your calorie range to get food recommendations in your desired calorie range. Also, you can find dedicated exercises to burn off the excess Calories that your meal contains.