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Posted November 25, 2018 by Rose Ann Chiurazzi, RDN, CDE Clinical Dietitian, Weight Management Summa Health
Paleo, keto, macros, carbs, complex carbs, clean eating, plant-based...we could keep going but I think you get the idea. With so many buzzwords out there, it can be difficult to analyze which ones would be a good addition to your weight loss journey or can help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Let’s explore one of these nutrition buzzwords: Macros.
Macros are short for macronutrients. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates and fats and make up the caloric content of food.
Types of macronutrients:
What is macro counting?
Sometimes when people embark on a weight loss journey or have been committed to a healthy lifestyle, they may ‘count calories.’ Macros simply breaks these calories into those three categories. Calories are not created equal and different metabolisms will process them differently. If you are a person who is no longer seeing results, evolve to counting your macronutrients, rather than just calories, to find out what macro combinations
might work better for your body. Here at the Summa Health Weight Management Institute the focus is more on the macros carbohydrate and protein. Evenly distributing your macros may also help you control your blood sugar levels and help with hormonal imbalances.
How to I track or count my macros?
This is where it can get a little tricky. This is a very general guide to balancing your macros. If you are looking for a complex plan, one of our registered dietitians can help create an individualized lifestyle plan.
A few extra tips:
The Summa Health Weight Management Institute has been helping people lose weight since 2004. The Institute offers both surgical and non-surgical options for weight loss, including appointments with dietitians, obesity medicine physicians, psychologist, and surgeons. Depending upon the degree of your obesity and the level of knowledge you have regarding the options for addressing it, we can help you decide which of our weight loss options best fits your needs.