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)
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.
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.
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
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.