Macronutrients out of Balance?
What even are these? And what is the right balance?
There are three macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins and everything we eat is made up of these. They are all incredibly important for fuelling and constructing the body.
Carbohydrates are predominantly found in fruits and vegetables , tubers, legumes and sweeteners – and they are a source of fuel for energy production. They are also a quick form of fuel for the brain and muscles.
Fats have many roles in the body. Not only do fats make you feel fuller for longer, they also make food taste great. Fats are also needed for each and every cell membrane in the body, transportation of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D and K. And they’re a great source of fuel for longer duration exercise.
There are approximately 50,000 proteins in the body, which are used as building blocks for tissues, organs, nerves, muscles, and more.
Good sources of protein include wild-caught seafood, meat from grass-fed or pasture-raised animals, pasture-raised poultry and eggs, and organic, non-GMO soybeans.
You not only need a good source of protein though – you also need good digestive function to be able to absorb it.
There is a growing body of evidence showing that when your macronutrients are out of balance, there is a higher risk of chronic disease. This could be because when our macros are out of balance, so are the micronutrients – that we depend on for so many reactions and conversions.
When you are lacking in macronutrients, you will experience malnourishment and this can lead to disease. Conversely, if your macronutrient ratio is in excess, you may be experiencing weight gain, which is also a risk factor for so many disorders in the body.
So what IS the best ratio for you?
Well, it’s individual, and depends what you are trying to achieve. Are you a marathon runner? Or do you work in an office -seated for most of the day.
No one body is the same, and what is right for someone else, may not be right for you.
Some basic intake parameters are:
Carbohydrates: 22%-40% of calories
Proteins: 19%-35% of calories
Fats: 28% -58% or calories
It’s a great idea to log your meals on an app that work these macronutrient ratios out for you – MyFitnessPal or Cronometer are great free tools.
Let me know if I can help you get that macronutrient balance just right, for real health, for you.