What Are Macros?

Posted by Meg Doyle on | Tags: Fitness , Nutrition

What Are Macros?

 

The term 'macros' (short for macronutrients) gets talked about a lot in the healthy eating space.

But what are Macronutrients?

Macronutrients are the nutritive components of food that fuel your body. 

Macronutrients must be obtained through food, as our bodies cannot produce them on their own.

 

The three primary sources of macronutrients are:

Carbohydrates

Proteins

Fats

They are the nutrients your body uses in large amounts, and each macronutrient plays an integral role in keeping you functioning. 

 

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates, or 'carbs', are your body's source of quick energy.

Carbs provide energy for your central nervous system and

muscles during movement and exercise. 

 

However, it is important to know the difference between

Simple Carbs and Complex Carbs.

 

Complex:  

When consuming carbs, always aim for 'complex carbs'.

Complex carbs are higher in natural fibre, lower in calories and free of refined sugar. 

Sources Of Complex Carbs: Sweet potatoes, fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

Simple:

Simple carbs are naturally higher in saturated fats, high in calories and low in nutrients, providing no nutritional value.

They are found in ingredients like white sugar and white flour, commonly found in bread, cakes etc. 

 

Thrive Favourites with Complex Carbs: 

Katsu Chicken Curry with Coconut and Sweet Potato Rice

Tarragon and Roasted Garlic Chicken with Seasonal Veg

 

Protein

Unlike carbohydrates, protein is not an energy source.

 Protein is essential in preserving, growing and supporting the function of important elements of the body like muscle fibres, skin and hair.

 

This is why those who are looking to gain muscle mass

partake in a protein-rich diet.

Great sources of protein are high-quality meats, nuts, lentils and beans.

 

Great Source Of Protein: 

Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Asian Greens

Chimichurri Beef with Pea and Fetta Mash

 

Fats

Similar to carbs, there are two different types of fats.

Saturated Fats and Unsaturated Fats.

Unsaturated fats are the good fats that help regulate your metabolism and promote cell growth and regeneration.

Good sources of unsaturated fats are ingredients like olive oil, nuts and grains.

Thrive Source of Unsaturated Fats:

Lemon and Caper Salmon with Pea and Feta Mash

Piri Piri Salmon with Low Carb Veggie Mash

Being aware of your Macronutrient intake is important as it ensures you are giving your body the best chance of functioning effectively, leaving you feeling energized and strong.  

 

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