When starting a new diet or workout plan, there’s one question that many people ask: Are macronutrients important? While many people understand what calories are, macros are another story. Whether your goal is to lose weight or gain muscle, learning about macros can help you achieve your goals.
What are macronutrients?
Macronutrients, or macros, are sources of energy that we get from our food. The macronutrients that should be included in all diets are carbohydrates, fat, and protein. If you check the nutrition label on food packaging, you can see the macronutrient content of the food.
Similarly, calories are a unit that is used to measure the amount of energy that the macronutrients provide. Per gram, carbohydrates and protein provide 4 calories while fat provides 9 calories. On the other hand, do not confuse macronutrients with micronutrients. The latter are substances that do not provide calories but are still necessary for the body. Examples of micronutrients are vitamins and minerals.