What are Macronutrients?
No matter what your goal is as an athlete (weight loss, strength gain, muscle hypertrophy) understanding the nutrients that make up our food can help us achieve that goal!
The main composition of food is divided into three macronutrients:
Most foods contain a mixture of these macronutrients but they usually have a high percentage of one type. As a result, we classify certain foods into a specific category, such as pasta being classified as a carbohydrate.
Each type of macros is processed differently in our bodies and are used as fuel sources at different levels or intensities of exercise. Therefore, each individual’s goal will determine the percentage of macros that they should consume. By understanding and tracking our macros, we can stay consistent with our nutrition and achieve our goals. In this series, we will breakdown each macro including when it is used during exercise, how it is stored in our body, and the recommended amount for the general athlete!