4 Benefits of Macro Diets
Macro dieting isn’t a new kind of diet that will soon become an outdated fad. It’s actually a simpler way to approach healthy eating. Losing weight and getting fit can be overwhelming if you jump into the confusing process of trying to include everything that is “healthy” and exclude everything that you think is not. To further complicate the process, you begin to wonder if what you are eating has the right amount of this or that from phytonutrients to amino acids. To be successful in improving your health, you have to start with what you know and everyone knows the basics of macro diets whether they realize it or not. Here are 4 benefits of macro diets that will explain why it’s better to look at the bigger picture rather than micromanaging what you eat:
1. It starts with terms you already know. Macro diets consist of calculating your intake of macronutrients, which are protein, carbs and fat. This allows you to stay close to your ideal overall caloric intake, while being balanced. No confusing terminology or pouring over the amount of Vitamin B5, B6 and B12 you should consume. It’s straightforward, so you can feel at ease with your diet instead of feeling like a slave to your eating regimen.
2. You don’t have to change your entire diet. Unless, of course, it’s been all fast food up until now and then you’ll find that you can’t eat much before you’ve exceeded your maximum calories and fat intake. While unprocessed, whole foods are the healthiest way to go, you can look at what you like to eat for meals and keep a good portion of it on your menu. Macro diets are about balance and satisfaction, not nitpicking until you are fed up.
3. It’s a simple equation that keeps you balanced. Since the focus is on protein, carbs and fat, you can utilize the 40/40/20 rule – 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% fat of your total recommended caloric intake based on your specs (e.g. age, activity level, height). Ah, now you may find yourself saying that there’s no way you are doing math in order to eat. Well, you aren’t. You are using math after the fact to get an idea of how to plan your meals and also to train your mind. By recording what you ate and how it “weighed” in, you will begin to understand how your favorite foods can be paired in order to stay within your calorie limits. Balancing what you eat will become second nature to you, so you won’t feel like you are working at it.
4. It can be adjusted to fit your needs. Starting with the 40/40/20 rule is a safe bet as it allows you to gain a baseline of how you are responding to the breakdown of the macronutrients. If you find that you run out of steam during a workout or getting through your daily routine, you can adjust it for more fat and less carbs to 40/30/30. Macro diets work because of the flexibility and intuitiveness that allows you to feed your health, not starve it.
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About the Author
Kristyn Haster is a Lifestyle Blogger, Weight Loss Trainer and Self-Confidence Coach living in Boulder, Colorado. As Editor of LiveLethal.com (Crazy Confident You) Blog, she helps woman break out of their shells, gain total confidence and fall in love with life again.