What’s the two things they tell you are healthiest to eat? Chicken and fish. You know what you should do? Combine them, eat a penguin.
Working out your calorie and protein targets is relatively easy. Any free online calculator can do that for you.
Actually hitting those targets? Not so much.
That’s where this article comes in, covering four ways to hit your calorie and protein targets every day, without fail.
Two of these strategies will apply to you if you have the time to pre-track your food.
The last two will have you covered if you need to track on the fly.
Therefore, whichever your experience, you’ll find something of value in this article and, most importantly, you’ll be able to apply it to your own circumstances straight away.
Let’s dig in.
I have learned not to bother with no-carbohydrate diets or extreme nutritional strategies. It is much better to go for a balanced approach which you can make your long-term routine.
If you’ve been dabbling in the fitness world in the last few years, you might have heard of macros. Short for “macronutrients”, this term refers to protein, carbohydrate, and dietary fat.
Tracking macros is a common approach to losing fat, gaining muscle, or simply maintaining weight. Some people track all three macros; others only track calories; and others still track a combination of both.
All of these methods can be effective, so your choice will depend on your personal preferences and fitness goals.
But how do macros work? What’s the difference between macro- and calorie-tracking? And how do you set your own macros to get the best results?
Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions.
The only secret to food combination is a balance of protein, carbs and fat – they all play a key role in our health.
Most of us have a general idea of what protein, carbs, and fat are (and if you don’t, you should click on the links at the top!). The tricky part is the concept of a balanced meal.
In today’s article, I aim to answer these questions: what does a balanced meal look like? Where do you start when you have to make one? Is there an easy way to do it, or is the art of balanced meals the privilege of those who have enough time to prepare gourmet recipes and enough money to buy organic food?
The history of modern nutritionism has been a history of macronutrients at war: protein against carbs; carbs against proteins, and then fats; fats against carbs.
Useful Links: Part 1 | Part 3
What Are Carbs?
No, the answer isn’t, “the enemy”. Carbohydrates are the main supply of readily available energy for our bodies. In particular, our brain can’t function without them. They come in two forms: sugary carbs and starchy carbs.
You’ve got to see what you put into your body, not just care about the outside of your body.
What is Protein?
Along with carbohydrates and fat, protein is one of the three macronutrients we need to obtain from our diet. “Macro” means big, indicating that protein, carbs, and fat are present in the food we consume in higher quantities than micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. We also need higher amounts of macro- than micronutrients for optimal health.
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