COMPREHENSIVE INTRO ON COUNTING MACROS
I was asked this question the other day by a client of mine…
“What is the number one thing a person should know when it comes to health and fitness?”
My clients tend to be f*cking smart and curious. I love it.
Anyways, I didn’t have an answer at the time because I wanted to think about it. I wasn’t about to say something that was kinda lame and not that important.
So with much deliberation I came up with the answer.
The number one thing you need to know when it comes to health and fitness is how to count macros. Or in greater detail, you need to understand what the hell they are, why they are important and how to count them.
WHAT ARE THEY?
There are four macronutrients that supply calories to the body. They are…
- Alcohol (the redheaded step child. It’s not necessary for survival so technically it’s not a macronutrient. For general understanding I will include it)
Each Macronutrient contains calories per gram (g). It’s as follows…
1 Gram of Protein = 4 calories
1 Gram of Carbohydrate = 4 calories
1 Gram of Fat = 9 calories
1 Gram of Alcohol = 7 calories
Every thing you eat is either solely one (rarely) or a combination of all the macronutrients. Here’s a detailed breakdown of each one.