How to Balance Macros and Lose Weight
More and more people are coming around to the idea that fad diets just don’t work as well as advertised. However, there are some tried and true ways to really lose weight and keep it off. One of those methods is called macro balancing. This scientific approach to keeping a balanced diet actually works because it’s not about denying yourself tasty treats or meticulously cutting down on calories. Instead, it’s about making sure your body gets all the nutrients it needs in the right proportions. Yes, even sugars.
If It Fits…
The hallmark of learning to balance macros is that you can eat just about anything, as long as it fits your macros. Now, what that means for you really depends on your goals. The three categories of macronutrients are proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Our bodies need all three to function properly, which is why cutting carbs only works for so long, and getting rid of all fats ultimately leaves you feeling empty. A healthier approach is to make sure that you keep them all in balance according to a ratio structure that suits your needs.
Macronutrient ratios can vary depending on your nutrition goals and are easily adaptable. For example, a good starting point and balanced approach is to have 45% proteins, 35% carbohydrates, and 20% fats or another balanced option is a 40-40-20 ratio. If you’re looking for following a Keto, accelerated, or low-carb diet, an optimal ratio would be 60% proteins, 10% carbohydrates, and 30% fats. With Lean Lifestyle, we can modify and adjust your macronutrient ratios to optimize your health and fitness goals. This makes your diet unique to your lifestyle, activity level, and metabolism. As humans, we all have different body types, nutritional needs, and goals, so we believe nutrition should be specialized just for you.
Of course, there are many ways to get the numbers you’re looking for, so it’s important to learn what foods make the best use of your ratios. For instance, just because you can have carbs doesn’t mean you need to go eat pizza and donuts. Instead, choosing healthy carbs like whole grains that also have some protein in them is a good start, and choosing lean meats that keep you from going overboard on the fats helps too.
Lean Lifestyle offers a wide range of pre-made meals that can help you balance macros without a ton of effort. Try our Blackened Cod or our Carrot Cous Cous Chicken Salad to see some great examples of well-balanced meals. To learn more about ordering pre-made meals, visit us online and check out our customized meal plans today.