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What are macronutrients and why do you need them?

Health and fitness are becoming ever-more popular among all generations and more and more people are taking an interest in how they’re fueling their bodies. That said, a lot of theories have surfaced over the years about what we should and shouldn’t eat to lose weight.

 

There are effective diets that can help you shift that unwanted fat quickly by reducing your intake of certain macronutrients (I’ll explain later) but, if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, then you shouldn’t really cut anything out. If you’re training correctly and eating in moderation, then you’ll lose fat and gain muscle.

So, macronutrients are those essential energy groups that are required in large amounts, commonly known as carbohydrates, protein and fats. Most people are unaware of what macronutrients are, even though we consume them throughout the day. Instead of counting calories, you should be focusing on the ratio of macronutrients you have in each meal.

 

Here are a few reasons why you need macronutrients to keep you going.

 

Carbohydrates are your main energy source. Foods such as sweet potato, brown rice, oats and brown pasta etc. are typically high in carbohydrates and should be used as staples in every meal. If you’ve got a cardio workout planned, you’ll need these to keep you on top of your A game.

Protein is used for muscle repair and growth. Lean meats and fish such as chicken, turkey, cod and salmon are all packed with protein and will ensure your muscles recover after a strenuous weight training session.

Fats are another great source of energy but they’re much denser than carbohydrates. They’re essential for keeping your hair and skin healthy and help the body to absorb vitamins. Avocado, nuts, eggs and olive oil are all great examples of healthy fats.

 

Breakfasts packed with Macronutrients

 

If in doubt, always have oats. Mix it with either water, almond milk or coconut milk and a scoop of protein. Or, if like me you’re not a fan of mixing things in with your oats, then you can always have it in a separate shake. Sometimes oats can be a little bit tasteless, so feel free to try them with a zero-calorie syrup!

Turkey bacon is a great substitute if you’re a fan of bacon for breakfast. Add it with avocado, a couple of poached eggs and half a bagel and you’ll be good to go.

 

The key is to keep it simple, whilst fueling your body enough so that you can get the best out of your training.

 

All the best, 

Jack

 

Jack Baker

Jack Baker has been a firefighter for four years and, despite having one of the most physically demanding jobs there is, still finds time to deliver gym instruction services and nutritional guidance to his clients at SYPC and Rise & Grind. Prior to finding his career feet, Jack also competed in elite-level hockey and tennis. Living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a high level of fitness, Jack saw the opportunity to share his fitness expertise with individuals looking to shed pounds and tone up. Two years ago he joined Sam Yassin in giving nutritional guidance at SYPC, where he now helps clients reach their physical peak and achieve their goals.

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