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Macros 101

Understanding Macronutrients

I'm sure you’ve heard people in the fitness/diet world talk about macronutrients… but how many people really know what they are? And if it matters?

Every human should have a basic understanding of macronutrients and energy balance. I believe a healthy diet is more about nutrients, adherence, and lifestyle choices then it is about calories or macros, but it is definitely important to understand how food works in the body. So, here is the beginners guide to macronutrients.


As words are the building blocks of books, and numbers the building blocks of math; macronutrients are the building blocks of energy. There are three macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Macronutrients — protein, carbs, and fats — are in their simplest form; energy.

Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that nourish our body. Micronutrients are extremely important for health, growth, and development in the body. But micronutrients have no caloric value; they don’t create energy.