Macros are a simplification of the word macronutrients and consist of our three primary energy sources: protein, carbohydrates and fats. As you know, food is our body's fuel and all the food we eat gives the body energy in the form of calories. The amount of calories in the food is completely determined by how much carbohydrates, fats and protein the food contains.
So many calories contribute to the different sources:
- 1 g fat = 9 kcal
- 1 g protein = 4 kcal
- 1 g carbohydrate = 4 kcal
Which body type are you?
Based on your body type, you will need to alter your calorie intake to best suit your body. As a guide we have included pictures below:
What is your goal:
Next, you need to decide what your goal is. Do you want to lose weight, gain weight or maintain your body weight? Based on your goal you can use the table below and the example to calculate your exact macro breakdown.