Macros is just short for macronutrients which makes up your daily calories, protein, carbs and fat. These building blocks provide your body with energy, and are essential in your daily diet. All three play different roles in our bodies and diet, thats why its so important to have a healthy balance of all three.
1 gram of protein = 4 Calories
1 gram of Carbs = 4 Calories
1 gram of fats = 9 Calories
*If you were to have something with 10g of protein, 15g of carbs, and 5g of fat, the calories would be 145.
Flexible dieting can help you learn life long skills that are maintainable on a day to day basis. You're able to incorporate foods that you love, and healthy options to have a good balance. With flexible dieting, there is no food that is “off limits”. You are able to treat yourself when you desire.
There is no meal plans with flexible dieting, and its not "one size fits all". Its meant to be for your individual lifestyle, and your goals. By counting your macros vs worrying about what foods you CAN'T eat and what foods you CAN eat, you create a healthy relationship with food. You're still able to achieve your goals and have the flexibility with your food.
With traditional diets, they can be very strict and restricted, leaving you feeling hungry and deprived. You might lose weight, but its not always stainable and weight might come back. When you restrict and don’t feed your body enough or not enough of a macronutrient our bodies can feel starved and our metabolic rate can be suppressed. By feeding your body with the right balance of macros ,it helps your metabolism run more efficiently. You have the flexibility of eating the foods you want and enjoy while still reaching your goals. Because you can eat what you want (in moderation, and still hitting your macro numbers) it is sustainable and easier to do for a longer period of time.
Counting Macros can benefit almost anyone and all different goals, whether you're looking to lose weight, gain muscle mass, or just maintain a healthy balance of nutrients. Whether you enjoy whole foods, paleo, low sugar/sodium, gluten or dairy free, even if you are vegan, if you enjoy a "special" shake everyday (aka shakeology, Herbalife, isagenix) you can still incorporate flexible dieting as well and achieve even better results!