Balancing Out Your Macros
What’s a macro nutrient? I’m not a scientist, nutritionist, or anything like that, so my understanding of Macronutrients is maybe a little rudimentary and you can take this information with a grain of salt. A macronutrient is more or less the nutrients you get from Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fats.
There’s a lot of diets out there that basically say eliminating or severely reducing one macro will cause you to lose tons of weight. Low Carb, High Carb, Low Fat, High Fat, egad, basically there’s a diet that pushes one macro as being the be all and end all of dieting.
I’ve tried them all and each made me feel crappy in one way or another. Storytime, because I think this story helps illustrate the problem with restrictive macro style diets. I was on a low carb diet, I was shooting for 50 grams of carbs a day, I was at 49 grams, and I just finished working out. I saw a banana and wanted it like you couldn’t imagine, that banana looked so appealing. Now, there’s something wrong with a diet when it makes you look at a banana with lust.
Finally, I said screw this, and found that a balanced out macro profile was the best way to handle dieting. It was by doing this that I could have a long term lifestyle change, not just a diet I kept for a bit and then got sick of it. Btw, I ate the banana, and it made me feel awesome and removed that cloudy thought process that low carbs do with some people.
I love discovering something only to discover later that someone has come up with this information way before and if I had just read the book earlier I wouldn’t have gone through all this trial and error. Read, Burning The Fat, Feeding the Muscle, by Tom Venuto as it’s the best nutritional guide around and you’ll lose weight and feel great.
I’m not going to talk about the book, because you should read it, and understand the full picture it paints. What I will say is that balancing out your macros, combined with creating a caloric deficit through either diet, exercise or both, will bring you a long term success, because you won’t feel deprived.
Also, tweak your macros within reason to what makes you feel right. I’m actually using the basic profile in Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle of 50% Carbs, 30% protein, 20% Fat. That generally works for me, depending on what I’m doing with my workouts, I’ll tweak those numbers, up the protein to 40% of my calories, when I’m doing a lot of strength training, etc.
Balance, don’t eliminate, and you’re body will be happy with you.