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What are macros?

Find out the basics of macro-counting.

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Written by Vanessa Cohn
Updated over a week ago

The term “macro” is short for macronutrient. Macronutrients are the essential sources that our bodies require in order to function properly: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. All foods consist of these three macronutrients and they each play a different role in the body.  

  • Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, the body and brain’s preferred and primary source of energy.

  • Proteins are broken down into amino acids, which are essential for cell structure, muscle repair, and basic organ and brain function

  • Fats become fatty acids, which insulate and protect our vital organs, help absorb and transport vitamins, and even serve as a secondary source of energy.

The term ‘macro’ also refers to large-scale, versus ‘micro’ which refers to small-scale. While we need large amounts of macronutrients (carbs, protein, and fat) to sustain us, we only need small amounts of micronutrients, which are the vitamins and minerals we find in the foods we eat. We don't track micronutrients, but if you are eating a variety of fruits and vegetables then you are likely getting in most (if not all) of the micronutrients you need! You can read here about why counting macros instead of calories is more beneficial. 

Macrostax provides specific amounts of these three macros that you will eat each day to reach your personal goals, whether it's fat loss, muscle gain, or maintenance. For more information on how we calculate these macros, click here. You can also read here about why counting macros instead of calories is more beneficial.

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