You’ve probably heard about calorie counting and diets that make you track your calories. A calorie is a unit of measurement that represents the amount of energy your body obtains by consuming food. Throughout the day, your body will use this energy, not only through activity but also through simply sustaining itself. However, not all calories are the same. Two foods may have the same amount of calories, but completely different macronutrients.
Since macronutrients make up the composition of all foods, and all foods have calories, we can calculate the following way:
- 1 gram of carbohydrate = 4 calories
- 1 gram of protein = 4 calories
- 1 gram of fat = 9 calories
By following the Macrostax program and eating specific amounts of each macronutrient, not only are you consuming the correct amount of calories, but also the right ratios to achieve optimal health and body composition.
Counting macros also means flexibility. Typical diets can often feel restrictive (no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods, no carbs, etc.) which make them difficult to stick to 100% of the time. But the best nutrition plan is one that you can stick to, especially over the long haul. By counting macros, you can still incorporate foods you love or crave by learning how to balance them with the rest of your meals.
Check out the below video from our founder, Lindsey, to find out how she started counting macros, how it changed her life, and what it can do for you!