How the Macro Diet Works
A person on the macro diet has a daily calorie amount they divide into three categories: calories from proteins, calories from carbohydrates, and calories from fats. For example, a person might get 35% of their daily calories from proteins, 45% from carbs, and 20% from fats. Your health goals will determine how many calories you should eat from each category.
Determining the Right Macro Ratio
The first step in beginning the macro diet is determining the percentage of your daily calories each macronutrient will make up. Online calculators will quickly crunch the numbers for you from data about your height, weight, lifestyle, and goals. Before altering your diet, share your results with your doctor to see if the suggested plan is a healthy option for you, especially if you have a preexisting condition.
In many cases, discovering the right levels of macronutrients can take a while. You might find your current ratio set is difficult to stick to or you aren’t seeing the right results after several weeks. Sit down with your doctor to discuss why you aren’t pleased with your current diet and develop a new one together. Keep in mind that it’s possible to eat unhealthy foods that stay within your macro percentages, so choose nutrient-dense, natural options instead of simple carbs, unhealthy fats, and processed items.
Whether your goal is to eat a more balanced diet, lose weight, or build muscle, schedule an appointment with your Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group primary care physician to find the healthiest way to do so. Our team can suggest positive changes that fit into your lifestyle and help you implement them to achieve better health.
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