What Are Macronutrients?
Macronutrients are the nutritional units that make up calories and provide the body with the energy needed for survival and thrive. These nutrients are required in large amounts and include carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
What Are Micronutrients?
Micronutrients are the nutrients that are required in small amounts. Micronutrients are essential to our overall health and wellness. Micronutrients aid in the production of enzymes, hormones, and proteins that are crucial for body and brain functions. Metabolism, heart beat, and bone density are regulated by these. Micronutrients include vitamins (A,B,C,D,E, and K) and minerals (fibers, calcium, water, iron, potassium).
Choose Them Wisely
How you structure your macros will help you build the physique that you desire. Micros will provide for your body the vital nutrients it needs to thrive and optimize its performance.
Choose your macros wisely. Steer away from foods with high carbohydrate, protein, and fat content that is also nutrient dense. For example, a doughnut contains high amounts of carbohydrates and fat, but is void of nutritious value. Bacon and sausage contain protein and fat, but both are high in saturated fat and sodium, and are highly processed.
When choosing foods with high macros, choose whole foods for these foods lack being processed and have lower contents of sodium, fat, and sugar. Listed below are healthy macro options:
- Brown Rice
- White Rice
- Whole grain bread
- Ezekiel Bread
- Lean Meat
- Dark Chocolate
- Nut Butters
- Olive Oil
- Chia Seeds
You do not have to omit foods such as doughnuts and bacon–just make those types of foods the exception and high quality macros the rule.