The most important message that we want to share with you is that no one’s body is the same. Therefore, how you fuel your body and what YOUR body needs is going to be a unique formula that’s just for you. This blog post is here to give you a general idea of the amount of macros you should be eating to give your body the energy that it needs.
What are macros? Macro is short for macronutrients. Macronutrients are split into three different categories: (1) fats, (2) carbs, and (3) proteins. These macros are what we consume the most of everyday to provide the bulk of the energy we need. There are a couple of factors that come into play when you are calculating your macros.
What is your goal? Is it weight loss, maintenance, or weight gain? Your age, gender, height, and weight will help to determine your basal metabolic rate, which is the rate that your body burns calories to just be alive. Your level of activity that can range from non-active to very active and your body type.
Your goals and basal metabolic rate (BMR) are simple to figure out, but how do you know what body type you are? We will help you with that! There are three different categories of body types that are generalized body compositions that people are predisposed to. These categories are: (1) ectomorph, (2) mesomorph, and (3) endomorph.
Ectomorph body types are tall and lean. They typically have a hard time putting on muscle. Suggested percentages of macros for this body type are 60% carbs, 30% protein, and 10% fats.
Mesomorph body types are muscular and well built. They tend to have a high metabolism. Suggested percentages of macros for this body type are 50% carbs, 30% protein, and 20% fats.
Endomorph body types are on the bigger side, have a pear shape, high body fat, and tendency to store body fat easily. Suggested percentages of macros for this body type are 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fats.
As you can see, the percentages are different and these will vary because, as mentioned before, you are unique and you won’t fall into one of those categories exactly. It is beneficial to understand your body type and know what your body will need versus someone else.
In order to get a more accurate calculation of macros, there are multiple free macro calculators online you can find that will take in account the variables mentioned above. Here is a link to one that we like: https://mealpreponfleek.com/macro-calculator/
Remember: food is fuel. You are unique; therefore, your diet should be as well. Get a solid foundation and understanding of what your body type is so you can set your fitness goals and achieve them correctly!