Updated: Sep 7
Nutrition is one of, if not the most important aspect of health and fitness. Regardless of your goal. If you want to lose fat, build muscle, improve how you feel, reduce inflammation, and much more, your nutrition needs to be on point for what you want to achieve.
But for a lot of people nutrition is a bit of a mine field. Especially the amount of fad diets and new diet that have appeared over recent years. There's a lot of different terms and ideas being thrown around.
But a lot of people don't know the basics of nutrition. You've probably heard the terms said by someone or read it someone, but what are they and what do they mean? I'm gonna try to clear up and explain the fundamentals that are involved in every diet.
Every meal you eat is mainly made up of Macronutrients. Which is what we are going to cover.
So what are Macronutrients?
Macronutrients (or Macros for short) are a group of nutrients found in food that as fuel. The three macronutrients are Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats. No matter what sort of training, lifestyle or diet you follow, all three are essential in our diets for a healthy and happy life.
I'm gonna touch on the basics of each one and explain what exactly they are, why you need them and good healthy sources of each one
Protein is the building blocks of your body. The body needs protein to repair and maintain itself. Every human cell contains protein. It is needed in the diet to help repair cells and make new ones. It is extra important for children, adolescence and pregnant woman.
Protein is typically found in animal sources but can also be found in plants too and grains. So you don't need to eat animal products to get protein, although they are typically the most efficient source. Some sources of protein are:
Chicken and Turkey
Pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans and any other type of beans
Nuts and seeds
Tofu and soy protein products