Have you heard of these?
Here's the basics of it.
Calories can be divided into 3 basic macronutrients Fats, Carbohydrates, and Protein.
None of these 3 Macros (that's what we call them for short) are "Bad".
You better believe it! Your body needs them for optimal hormone regulation, and interestingly enough, fat loss.
Carbs are the enemy though right?
In fact Carbohydrates are the preferred source of energy for not just your body, but your brain. If you limit or stop eating carbs, your body may burn some fat at first, but over long periods that stops happening, and oh yeah you get STUPID.
Protein will make me too big and bulky though right? My goal is to lose weight.
No way Jose, that takes a long time, and a lot of hard work. Trust me Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't just wake up one day like that, it took him a long time and it was deliberate, that won't happen to you.
As an added bonus, protein actually has one of the highest thermogenic effects on the body as well, meaning it takes more energy to digest and break down. Pretty darn awesome if you ask me.
Ok, but then how much of each should I eat for my goals?
Here's an approximation of percentages for each macronutrient category, that, in my experience has worked best for my clients when prescribed to them by RD's.
Weight Loss/Fat Loss: 25% Fat, 35% Protein, 40% Carbohydrates.
Weight Gain/ Muscle Building: 15% Fats, 35% Protein, 50% Carbohydrates.
Now remember one thing, above all else, calories are king when it comes to the scale.
If you overshoot your daily intake, you're going to gain weight, if you're under you're going to most likely lose weight.
Later this week I'll share some simple tips with you on what many of my clients have done to make burning body fat easier and more effective for them.
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