What Are Macronutrients?
Macronutrients, also known as macros are the 3 primary source of calories for us humans.
Each macro plays a specific role in the body and provides a number of calories per gram.
- Protein has 4 calories per gram
- Fat has 9 calories per gram
- Carbohydrate has 4 calories per gram
Each of the above macronutrients provides both calories and nutritional value to the body. However, there is a fourth macronutrient that provides calories but no nutritional value.
- Alcohol has 7 calories per gram but no nutritional value
Knowing the number of calories provided by each macronutrient allows you to effectively meet your daily calorie needs and in turn; lose, maintain or gain weight.
To determine how much of each macronutrient, you need in your diet you first need to understand the roles they play in your body once they’ve been eaten.