Macros, or Macronutrients, are what we get most of our nutrition and energy from – what we need to survive. Macronutrients are: Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate; although we will discuss why Carbohydrates might not actually be a “required” macronutrient.
Protein – Protein is used to build and repair the three types of muscles in the human body (skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle, i.e. your digestive tract, bladder, and esophagus) and it supports many other functions. It is considered a required macronutrient because our bodies cannot make protein out of carbohydrates or fat. Our bodies also have no way to store protein for later use, so it needs to be consumed daily or your body will turn to your muscles and catabolize them, breaking them down in order to repair and maintain your major organs. When you Mind Your Macros you will follow the protein guideline which I calculate for you in order for your body to get the protein it needs for body maintenance, muscle repair, and building.
Fat – The media has villainized fat these last 30 years, but our bodies cannot survive without fat just like we cannot survive without eating protein. Our bodies cannot make Omega-3 or Omega-6, and fat is required for your gall bladder, vitamin absorption, and hormone production. In an attempt to avoid all things fatty people have gone to extremes, such as buying low-fat everything, but when manufacturers remove the fat they add sugar to make the product taste better. Healthy fat in the correct amount is required for a healthy body, and when you start this diet, this lifestyle change, fat (not carbs) will become your body’s main source of energy. So you want to give it the good stuff: avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, butter from grass-fed cows, fats from nuts like walnuts or macadamia nuts, and salmon and other fatty fish. When you Mind Your Macros you’ll follow the plan I design for you; I will determine, based on your data, the amount of fat you will need to eat for your health while still losing weight.
Carbohydrates – Carbs are a social icon, a cultural ideology, but they are not actually required for life. There is no such thing as an essential carb. I am not recommending a zero carb diet. First, it’s almost impossible – carbs are in almost everything, including cheese, coffee, spices, eggs, shrimp, vegetables, and organ meat. Second, to go truly zero carb wouldn’t kill you, but you would be very limited in the food that you could eat, and you would miss out on many micronutrients. Our bodies can make glucose from amino and fatty acids. Unlike essential amino acids, and Omega-3s and Omega-6s, we can make all the glucose that the body needs for the organs that require it. The last key when you Mind Your Macros is to limit your carbohydrate intake to ensure that your body goes into ketosis.