What's A Macro?

When we first start learning about any given topic we start out on a “wikipeida” level.  Nothing too in depth and intense just the overview of the information to get started.  Once you continue to learn you get into the topic deeper and deeper and eventually go well beyond those first days learning the basics.

So when you are asked a question from a beginner they then get the long answer of expert information when all they wanted was the quick and dirty “wikipedia” version.  That’s why I love the whole life challenge.  Even at the Performance level things are super simple.  Just don’t eat inflammatory food and things will be good.  It focuses exclusively on quality not quantity.

So when I was approached by a member and asked what a macro was I knew it was an error in either member consistency or it was information that was given at a higher level than the member cared to know about and the information wasn’t absorbed.  Either way learning the information wasn’t achieved.

So let’s try this again.  What is a macro?  Macro is short for macronutrient.

There are 3 of these: 1. Carbs 2. Fat 3. Protein

All are made of calories and calories are nothing more than units of energy.  Think of calories more like gallons of gas for your car.  You can only run on E so long before your car breaks down.  Your body runs the same way.  You must fuel your body for performance though and using quality food is like loading up with premium gas instead of watered down junk or worse running with literal sugar in your gas tank.

Carbs are your most readily available source of energy.  These are your veggies, fruits, potatoes, sweet potatoes, roots, tubers, and yes grains like wheat oats and corn. (Yes corn is a grain not a veggie.)  Consuming the veggies and fruit is obviously preferable.  Fats are oils, coconut, olive, macadamia nut, ect… avocados, tree nuts.  Sad to say peanuts are actually beans NOT an actual nut.  Lastly protein.  Simply put protein is meat and fish.

That is about as simple as it gets.  Now if you are looking at breakdown for macros the first thing to look at is your percentage of carbs:fats:protein.  An acceptable place to start is approximately 40:30:30 and then make adjustments from there in regards to specific needs or goals.  That is a good simple intro into macronutrients if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our amazing coaching staff at CrossFit Tactical Strength.