• “Macro” is short for “macronutrient”.
• It refers to one of the three categories of nutrients you eat most often - protein, carbs, and fats.
• If you hear someone say they’ve been “counting their macros” it simply means they’re tracking what types of food they eat to determine the balance of protein, carbs, and fats they’re consuming.
• You can use this balance to try and achieve different fitness and nutrition goals such as adding muscle or reducing body fat.
• There’s no standard amount of macros that one person should eat, as it all depends on your individual makeup. It’s best to see where you’re at currently, use that as your baseline, and then make changes to see what works best for your body.
• Counting macros doesn’t replace counting calories, unfortunately. You still have to take calories into account but it will show you what kind of calories your diet is made up of.
• Apps like MyFitnessPal and LoseIt make it fairly easy to see how the food you eat throughout the day stacks up as macros.