What is a Macro and what is #IIFYM?
Macro counting has been around for a long time, but just recently hitting the main stream. Diets like Keto, Paleo, Intermittent fasting, and Atkins are popular, and also follow some form of macro counting, but are also restrictive in the foods you can eat.
With macro counting, you can virtually eat anything you want If It Fits Your Macros (#IIFYM), or flexible dieting. This doesn't mean cheeseburgers and pizza all the time. This blog explains that concept in detail.
So, what are macronutrients, or macros for short? Macros are the 3 essential nutrients that are required by humans in large quantities and provide energy. All macronutrients must be obtained through diet, as your body cannot produce them on its own.
- Carbohydrates – provide fuel for the central nervous system and energy for working muscles. They also prevent protein from being used as an energy source, so protein can serve its main functions.
- Protein – Used to build and repair muscles. Also used to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals
- Fats – Support cell growth, protect organs, and help keep you warm. Fats also help your body absorb some nutrients and produce hormones.
The typical RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of macros is a 45%/35%/20% ratio of carbohydrates/protein/fat, as stated by the USDA/FDA.
At Macro Snacks, we produce our snacks with this exact ratio in mind. We did this so that every time you open a delicious bag of our snacks, you know you are staying on track and balanced with your macro goals, whatever they may be!
And even if you don’t count macros, our snacks serve as a perfect substitute for unhealthy, fried, other bad-for-you options. Who knows, maybe they will even inspire you to join the Macro lifestyle!
So, pick up a bag today, you won’t be disappointed, and your body won’t either!
Stay Balanced. #BalanceIsBetter