What Is a Macro?

A macro, short for macronutrient, is any one of the four food groups that contain calories: Fat, Protein, Carbohydrates and Alcohol. (Yes, alcohol. It contains calories but does not fall into one of the traditional groups)

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Extra tip: A macronutrient contains calories, but a micronutrient are things like vitamins and minerals. Think of your body like a car... a macronutrient is the gas and micronutrient is the oil. You need gas to run, but you also need oil to run smoothly.


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Protein, which contains 4 calories per 1 gram, comes in a wide variety of foods by way of lean meats, certain plant based proteins and protein powder

  • Builds & Protects Muscle
  • All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Foods Group.

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Fat, which contain 9 calories per 1 gram, are most commonly found in things like nuts, oils, fattier cuts of meat and certain vegetables like an avocado.

  • Provides Long Lasting Energy
  • Found in walnuts, almonds, avocados, oils, dairy, meat

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Carbs or carbohydrates, which contain 4  calories  per 1 gram,  are found in vegetables, grains, flours, rice as well as in nuts (usually in smaller amounts)

  • Quickest Source of Energy
  • Found in fruits, vegetable, and grains
  • Grains: Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples of grain products.
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