Do you feel like you’ve tried every diet under the sun to lose weight and build muscle, but nothing seems to be working?
In this episode of Macros Made Easy, I discuss how tracking macros can help you achieve a leaner and stronger physique. I cover the basics of macro-nutrients, setting macro targets, and the role of macros in getting leaner and stronger.
Some of the things I cover in this episode are:
the basics of macronutrients
Macronutrients are the three main nutrients that our bodies need to function. They are protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
Tracking macronutrients is a way to ensure that you are getting the right amount of each nutrient to fuel your body properly. When it comes to building muscle and losing fat, all three macronutrients are important. For example, protein is essential for building muscle, while fat and carbohydrates provide energy.
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macro tracking vs. traditional dieting to get leaner and stronger
Macro tracking is a superior method to traditional dieting when it comes to getting leaner and stronger because it takes into account more than just calories.
While just counting calories isn’t bad, doing that can only influence one of three things: weight gain, weight loss, or weight maintenance. With macro tracking, you can manipulate your body composition, enabling you to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time.
Each macronutrient has unique properties, and with consideration of your natural genetic predisposition and lifestyle factors, you can influence your balance of muscle and fat mass. Not sure what metrics you should be tracking to lose fat and build muscle at the same time? Check out this article to learn more.
the relationship of hormones and fat loss
The relationship between hormones and fat loss is an important one to understand.
Hormones play a key role in regulating metabolism, which is the process by which our bodies convert food into energy. Certain hormones, such as insulin and cortisol, can have an impacts on fat loss. When hormones are out of balance, it can be difficult to lose fat, but when hormones are balanced, metabolism is optimized and fat loss is more likely.
Understanding the relationship between hormones and fat loss can help you to make more informed decisions about your diet and exercise plan.
how macro tracking can support long-term diet maintenance
In this day in age, we are used to seeing and expecting quick results. Unfortunately, gaining muscle and losing fat, especially at the same time, is a long process.
If you’re following arbitrary rules like “no carbs past noon” or “no white foods”, it’s likely that hunger will get in your way of being consistent long enough to see significant changes. However, tracking macros strips away the nonsense rules and leaves you with only what matters: eating enough of the right stuff to support a strong body. If getting stronger is your goal, read this article to learn more about how to achieve it.
who is a great candidate for losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time?
Beginners to exercise or strength training: People who are new to weightlifting and have never done strength training before are more likely to experience muscle growth while losing fat at the same time. This is because their bodies are not accustomed to the stresses of weightlifting, and so they will respond more dramatically to resistance training and changes in diet.
People with excess body fat: Those with a higher percentage of body fat are more likely to see muscle gains and fat loss at the same time. This is because the body will tap into stored fat as an energy source, allowing for both muscle building and fat burning to occur.
Whether you are brand new to macros, or just looking to sustainably improve your health and body composition, tune into this episode for more in-depth insights and tips to get you started.
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