Why Macros Matter as Well as Calories
hen it comes to your weight loss plans, it’s generally always been about exercising regularly, and taking in a lot less calories.
However, whether you’re getting your weight loss meals delivered, or you’re preparing your own weight loss meal plan, it doesn’t all have to be about counting calories. In fact, it shouldn’t be. When you just focus on how many calories you’re eating, this doesn’t really tell you anything about how balanced your diet needs to be.
Thankfully, another method has gained a lot of traction in the health and fitness community. The method of measuring your macros instead of your calories.
Hang on, what are macros?
Macros is an abbreviation of micronutrients; essentially the basic building blocks that you need in all your foods, in order to properly fuel your body. All the foods that you consume on a daily basis are in some way made up of a combination of these macros. Vitamins and minerals count as macronutrients, but the three mains ones are:
These dictate exactly how the calorie content of any food is made up. Many people have started to realise the importance of measuring their macros ratio, as this can have a big impact on their weight loss results.
Focusing on your macros as well as counting your calories is now seen as the winning combination, which can help you achieve your health and fitness goals, whether you’re looking to lose weight or build muscle.
Following a macro measuring diet
If you’re after weight loss results or you’re looking to improve your muscle gain prospects, then measuring your macros is actually a far more flexible way of achieving your goals. This is because when you follow a macro focused type of diet or meal prep plan, you won’t be forced into a strict calorie counting routine. Plus, unlike other popular weight loss diet plans, such as keto, you won’t have to cut complete food groups from your meal plan.
All foods can be enjoyed as part of this type of diet, as long as they fit into your macro target for the day or week. Before you begin though, you need to calculate how many macros, in terms of grams of protein, carbs and fats, that you need each day.
It’s all about your macro ratio
Once you know how many macros you need, you can adjust and track your food intake as required in order to ‘meet your macros.’ Remember, depending on your specific goals, changing your body composition means working out if you need more of one macro than another.
For example, If your primary goal was building muscle, you may work out your macros so that your protein intake is higher than the other two. Take our Tangy Sweet Chilli Chicken with roasted new potatoes and green beans meal from our muscle gain meal prep plan.
This meal contains 56.45 grams of protein, 37.7 grams of carbs, and 2.92 grams of fats.
If weight loss is more important over building muscle for you, then you may want to focus on adapting your macros to focus more on carbs and less on protein. Take our Piri Piri Beef Burger with sweet potato mash and root veg from our weight loss meal prep plan.
This meal contains 27.11 grams of protein, 41.95 grams of carbs, and 12.55 grams of fats.
Consistency is key
Just like any other meal plan or exercise routine, being mindful about your macros is all about being consistent. It may seem like it’s going to be a pain, having to log everything you’re eating and having to check all food labels, but it will quickly become habitual. Before long, you’ll be feeling the satisfying buzz of attaining your perfect macros for the week.
By being consistent you’ll soon get used to what foods you can eat, so you’ll be able to stop logging absolutely everything anyway. Remember, simply sticking to a diet or meal prep plan that fits with your macro target isn’t enough to lose weight, you also need to burn off more than you consume.
Once you know exactly how much of a certain food you can eat, calculating your macros is easy. And you won’t have to feel guilty about going out for a meal, or having a drink, as long as you always factor it into your daily or weekly macro target. Before long, you’ll be well on your way to achieving all of your health and fitness goals.
Helping you hit your macro goals
Having a clear meal prep plan in place can work wonders for calculating your macros. Plus, if you’re looking to fit your meal plan into a busy schedule, you can also take advantage of a meal delivery service.
That’s where we come in.
At Prep Perfect, we offer tailored meal prep plans that are perfect for those wishing to stick to certain macro targets. Whether you need your muscle gain, or weight loss meals delivered, we are here to help.