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Macros and Your Diet

Sunday, August 6th 2023 10:00am 5 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

In the realm of weight loss, there exists a plethora of diet plans. Some prove effective, while others do not. Various methods exist, such as calorie counting, points systems, or carbohydrate tracking. Another approach gaining popularity is macro counting or “flexible dieting.” But is it a proven strategy for promoting a healthy lifestyle? Here is a comprehensive overview of macro counting:

What are macros?

First and foremost, it is crucial to understand what exactly is being counted. “Macro” is short for macronutrient, which refers to the three primary categories of nutrients that provide the majority of your energy: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Therefore, when you count your macros, you are keeping track of the grams of protein, carbs, or fat you consume.

Why do people count macros?

Tracking macros can assist in making informed and healthy food choices. It is similar to counting calories or points, but it takes the concept a step further.

So, do calories not matter?

Unfortunately, they do matter. Weight loss occurs when you burn more calories than you consume. Macro counting helps you understand the sources of these calories and their impact on your body. It also emphasizes the fact that not all calories are equal.

For instance, let’s say your daily calorie goal is 2,000. One gram of protein contains 4 calories. Therefore, if you consume 125 grams of protein, you are consuming 500 calories from protein, leaving you with 1,500 calories to distribute between fat and carbohydrates.

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