How to Balance Macros for Weight Loss

When it comes to losing weight, there is nothing quite as effective as learning more about how to eat healthy. All the fad diets in the world can’t compete with the simple principles of learning where your food comes from and how to portion things correctly. The good news is that’s what balancing your macros is all about. Here’s how it works:

What Are Macros?

“Macros” is short for macronutrients. Humans consume three types of macronutrients in our diet: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. All of our other vitamins and minerals are considered micronutrients. You will also notice that these three categories can encompass a lot of things. Each macro has a specific purpose and function in the body–or several purposes and functions. The point of balancing your macros is to learn about each of these categories and get each one under your control in relationship with the others to lose weight.

What Does Balance Look Like?

As with any fitness plan, your exact numbers may vary depending on your activity level and personal goals. However, there are some simple guidelines by which balancing your macros works. First, you must determine how many calories you are typically consuming in a day, and decide to reduce that by up to 20%. This is important for actually kickstarting the weight loss process. For the average person with a 2000 calorie diet, this means you will aim for 1600 calories per day instead. Next, you will look at your three categories. You want 45% of your calories to come from healthy carbohydrates like leafy greens and whole grains. That is roughly 800 calories per day. Another 35% of your calories will be lean proteins, and the last 30% healthy fats.

Simplicity is Key

You will notice that the 45/35/30 ratio of your three macros seems too straightforward to work. What you need to know is that simplicity is key. Balancing your macros works when you stick to fresh foods and less processed junk. By keeping things clean and simple, you won’t be thwarted by crazy ingredients and recipe substitutions, which means you can really stick to this system.

With Lean Lifestyle, you can get a handle on your weight loss goals in no time. We customize meal plans to help our clients kickstart weight loss and have a good ongoing balance of macronutrients in their diet. Visit us today to see how it works!