Protein, Carbs & Fat are called MACROnutrients—because your body needs a lot of them.
With the popularity of Macro counting tools like My Fitness Pal—you would think that all you need to do is figure out how much Protein, Carbs & Fat you need…
And you’re set.
However, there are 2 big caveats to this…
First, the truth of the matter is that you also need a daily/weekly amount of MICROnutrients too.
Micronutrients are nutrients like vitamins & minerals that your body only needs a comparatively little amount of an a daily/weekly basis.
The thing is though—your body does need them.
MICROnutrients are important
So the US Government created the RDA (the recommended daily allowance) of Micronutrients…
And your body is mechanically *expecting* these Micronutrients in order to execute basic body processes, fuel your brain & happiness, have good body composition, and avoid disease.
AND—I’m excited to share how when you get all of the Micronutrients you need—you can also nip HUNGER in the bud…by giving your body everything it is “nutritionally expecting”and that it needs—in order to function well.
Your body no longer has to search for these missing nutrients (through feeling “hungry” for them)…
So getting IN your Micronutrients is great for feeling satisfied on a very cellular, physical level. Woot.
Macros & Micros are both essential—one is just much bigger than the other.
And you can get a lot of MICROnutrients from Protein-rich foods. And I’m excited to show you how to do just that!
Total Calories are important(!)
Ok and second—it’s a MYTH that it’s enough to only know how much Protein you’re getting....
When the truth of the matter is: you need to know how many Total Calories each day are going to be best for YOU—with your height, your ideal BMI/bodyweight…and your current activity level, too!
Because the thing is—if you don’t know how many total calories you should be aiming for…it is all too easy to either chronically under-eat these calories…or over-eat them, too!
As I mentioned before—it’s really difficult to eat the correct energetic amount of calories based on deciding how “full” you feel—or “eating intuitively” as food bloggers like to call it. The reality is that your stomach can shrink or grow to get used to an amount of food that has nothing to do with how much you truly energetically need.
AND—some whole foods and processed/pre-made foods are “hyper-caloric”…meaning that you can eat a little of them and be getting tons of calories (think nuts here).
AND—some processed/pre-made foods are “hyper-caloric” AND “super-palatable" at the same time—meaning they’re designed for you to eat a bunch of them without feeling full (hyper-palatable) and they have high calories for small amounts of food (hyper-caloric) …(think something like potato chips, cookies or soda, here).
So—it IS important to first find out how many TOTAL CALORIES you need to feel GOOD and have the ENERGY you need to get into a consistent FLOW with exercise you enjoy! You need those energy calories! Otherwise, you feel too tired to exercise…and it takes longer to recover afterwards…and instead of seeing muscle-building, you could be getting muscle-losing results instead! No Bueno!!
So the MYTH is that you only need to worry about How Much Protein...
And the reality is that instead your body needs a solid amount of Calories and recommended Macros & MICROnutrients to be able to feel full and satisfied between meals, and be able to burn fat while keeping/building muscle, too! 🙂