This guide discusses the fundamentals of nutrition— macro and micronutrients. Discover the role of macronutrients, protein, fats, and carbohydrates, and learn about the unsung heroes, micronutrients. Whether you've been working towards better eating habits or just beginning your journey, this guide is here to empower you to make informed choices for a healthier relationship with nutrition.
Macronutrients are the major players in your diet, providing the energy your body needs. Each is important for a variety of reasons, and removing any one from your diet completely is not always the correct answer for fat loss. Make sure to consult a Registered Dietitian before ever choosing to cut out whole macronutrients from your diet. Let’s dive in:
First, we have protein, the building block of muscles and a crucial component for repair and growth. Not only that, but protein helps to regulate blood sugar levels and provide a level of satiety to help you from overeating. ProSupps Whey Isolate and MyBar are stellar sources, delivering the protein punch your body craves.
Next, let's talk about fats. Contrary to the myth dieting culture has fed you, fats are not the enemy. They're essential for hormone production and nutrient absorption. They also are a slow digesting macronutrient which can help you feel fuller, longer! ProSupps CLA is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, many meat, dairy, and seed oils (olive oil and avocado oil) are a fantastic source of healthy fats that supports your overall well-being.
Finally, we have carbohydrates. Again, contrary to what carb haters would have you believe, carbs are essential for energy production. Think of them as your body's preferred fuel source. High-fiber carbs and whole grains are the heroes here, providing sustained energy and supporting digestive health. They're your go-to for powering through the day and achieving your fitness goals.
We could have a whole blog on the various diet fads and why they aren’t the “best” solution, but at the end of the day, finding what works for your body is the key here! Everyone has different macronutrient needs, and it is important to work with a professional to find what is best for you!
Now, let's shine a light on micronutrients, the unsung heroes working behind the scenes. These include vitamins and minerals that support various bodily functions and processes, from immune health to bone strength and even nerve function.
If you have ever been told you are deficient in vitamin D, B, or Calcium, you are already familiar with micronutrients. These are the vitamins and minerals you either consume with your food or supplement as a pill or gummy. In a well-rounded diet that includes fruit, veggies, meat, dairy, and high-fiber carbs, you will likely have no issue consuming an adequate of micronutrients. With that being said if you are a vegetarian, vegan, or picky eater, you may want to look into supplementation to ensure you’re giving your body everything it needs to function at its highest level.
Think of your diet as a powerhouse of nutrients, each playing a unique role in your health journey. Fuel your body with the right mix of protein, fats, carbs, vitamins, and minerals, and consult with the experts where you may need a little more information. As you take on the new year, make this the Year of You and make informed choices that align with your wellness goals.