What are Macros? And Should You Be Counting Them?


I take a closer look at the diet that combines nutrition with a healthy dose of maths.

If you follow any fitness accounts on social media, you have probably seen the term ‘Macros’ being thrown around or even #IIFYM – if it fits your macros. But if you haven’t come across this term before it can be a little confusing. A complex world of weighing food and calculating exactly what you put in your body. But understanding macros – or macronutrients can also help you make smarter food choices and reach your fitness goals faster.

I explain everything you need to know about macros in my quick and dirty guide, below.


What is a Macro?


Macro is a short term for a macronutrient. Essentially the nutrients that make up the bulk of our diet – carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. These are the things that fuel our body and supported by micronutrients – vitamins and minerals – they keep us alive. The theory behind the majority of macro-based diets is that by eating the right blend of these macronutrients you can achieve your fitness goals faster. This could be weight loss, muscle building, or even maintaining your current shape.

What is the right balance of Macros for me?


And this is where it gets complicated. Because this all depends on what your body is like currently and the goals you want to achieve. The science behind macros is what drives the good old-fashioned principles of a balanced diet. It’s just that your balance might be slightly different than mine. For example, if you are looking to lose fat you might look at a 40 – 40 – 20 approach. 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% fats. There are a huge number of macro calculators online to help you figure out your perfect balance, or you can speak to a nutritionist.

How do I calculate my Macro intake?


The key things you are going to need are a digital food scale, an online food tracker, and possibly a calculator and paper. Essentially you need to be conscious of everything you eat and what it contains. You may also track calorie (energy) content alongside macros. It sounds like a pain, but if your keen to understand exactly what you are putting in your body or you are set on achieving a specific fitness goal it can be helpful.

This all sounds really complicated – is it worth it?


The vague answer is maybe, for some people. The truth is that if you eat a clean, healthy, balanced diet most of the time you will probably see good results. But if you aren’t seeing the results you want, have a clear goal in mind, or just want to understand exactly how your body reacts to the food you put in, it can be a useful tool.

Are you a macro fan? Or do you prefer to take a less prescriptive approach to what you eat? However you choose to fuel your body, protein is a key part of your success story. And next week I am going to be taking a closer look at this essential human building block. In the meantime, why not join one of our fast and fun group classes? Or get in touch to discuss a bespoke training plan built around your goals? The team here at FitFusion PT can’t wait to help you achieve your best body. Until I land in your inbox again, stay amazing.