a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.
The Macro Coaching program is a one of kind service that will provide you with the direction and guidance that you need in order to hit your physique goals. It is by far the most effective program that you will ever use to reach and sustain your goals!
The term “macros” is short for macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Macronutrients provide energy, structure, and regulation for our bodies to help perform everyday tasks. Our energy systems depend heavily on the dietary intake of macronutrients as they influence our:
ability to work and play
ability to recover from exercise or other activity
mental and physical health
and much, much more
Carbohydrates are found in the diet as sugar, starch, and dietary fiber. Following digestion, all carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, fructose, and galactose which play a major role in the storage and transport of energy. They are our main source of fuel.
The source of carbohydrate will have an impact on the speed of digestion and absorption, and therefore, the rate at which the nutrients reach our blood and can be used or stored as energy. Strategically adjusting the type and amounts of carbohydrates in our diets can lead to major improvements in body composition, performance and recovery. The amount of carbohydrates needed and tolerated per individual will vary more than any other macronutrient.
Our bodies break down fats into fatty acids to be used for both energy and regulation. There are three main types of fatty acids – saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. Each have subtle chemical differences that dictate how the fatty acids act inside our bodies.
To improve health, protect our hormones, and reduce the risk of chronic disease, our goal should be to balance our fat intake with an ample amount of unsaturated fats and a balanced intake of omega 3’s and 6’s. At the same time, we should keep an eye on our saturated fat intake while trying to avoid industrially produced trans fats which can pose significant risk to our health.
Proteins are broken down into amino acids which are critical for almost every metabolic activity in our body, including providing energy for the creation of structural and functional components of our cells. The amount and timing of our protein intake will play a major role in building or maintaining lean tissue, boosting metabolism, providing satiety, and maintaining a healthy immune function.
Protein can be consumed through a variety of animal and plant-based sources. However, most plant-based foods do not contain all the essential amino acids necessary for muscle growth or maintenance. Therefore, plant sources of protein should be varied and general plant protein combination guidelines should be followed.
What about Micronutrients?
Simply “hitting your macros” is not enough. Your micronutrient intake should not be ignored. In fact, getting an adequate amount of vitamins and trace minerals in our diets is crucial for our overall health, performance and body composition. This is why we provide education on the types and amounts of foods that provide these important nutrients.