What's a macro and why should you track them?
Macros is short for macronutrients. When tracking macros you will look at the break down of carbs, fat and protein instead of the overall calories. While tracking macros can seem daunting to someone that is less than a math whiz, there are tons of wonderful apps you can use to simplify the equation process. I recommend my clients use Myfitnesspal to track. There is a huge database of food and ingredients so you can easily enter and see how the day will break down.
The amount of each macronutrient that the body needs will be unique to the individual and their fitness goals. So even if you follow the macros that your favorite fitness model follows- chances are you will not yield the same results they did. The amount of macros a person should be consuming in order to lose weight is calculated based on age, weight and gender. The number of protein, carbs, and fat allowed per day are converted into grams. To accurately count your macros, it is recommended to use a kitchen scale. It can be done without a scale, although it is not as precise.
Each macronutrient yields a certain number of calories.
One gram of protein yields 4 calories.
One gram of carbohydrate yields 4 calories.
One gram of fat yields 9 calories.
One gram of alcohol yields 7 calories.
When you track macros you ensure you are getting a balanced intake of each. Thankfully when you are using Myfitnesspal it does the math for you.