The first time I heard the term “Macro-nutrients” I nodded my head and pretended I understood. Yes, yes of course those are very important… whatever they are.
When you think of nutrients, you may often start reciting the list, like preschool all over again. Vitamin A, B, C, D... Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium. Drink your milk. These are called micronutrients. Because they’re small. Micro = small. Nutrients = essential. So what in the world would a macronutrient look like? A bunch of micronutrients all smooshed together?
It’s easy to overthink, but macronutrients are simply essential foods. Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrates. In a sense, yes they are a bunch of micronutrients stuck together to form one big macronutrient. It’s really that simple. Big - essential - food.
Now that we’ve cleared all that up, what makes the macro’s essential?
Like water is essential because we consist of more than 60% of it, so are the macro’s. Our bodies are comprised of many things, but to put it plainly, we consist of macronutrients.
Protein makes up around 17% of our bodies. Life would not exist without protein. Sounds important. Carbs make up about 5% of our bodies. Fat, like protein, makes up 17% as well. How do we get these macronutrients?
How do you get water? Not intravenously. Normally.
I think you know what I’m getting at.
Then what about the ratio? It appears to have some sort of importance, since the percentages vary as to our actual bodies composition. Philosophies scatter abroad in this area, and the discussion can get quite heated.
The only thing most reasonable “experts” can agree on is that no one should be completely cutting out any of the three.
Every person is different. It would be unwise to say there is only one way to balance the macronutrients. The best thing to do is to figure out what your body responds to the best. Experiment. Keep a food log (more important than you may think!). Listen to your body.
Lastly, eat the macro’s that have the best and most micro’s in them. Many don’t, so read your labels.