What are Macronutrients? By Coach Ashley
Macronutrients are the major nutrients your body needs on a daily basis to function properly. They can be broken down into three main types: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. While they are all vital in providing your body with energy, they each play a different role in doing so.
What Does Each Macronutrient Do?
Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates provide your body with energy, specifically helping with brain and muscle function.
Protein: Proteins are made up of amino acids, and play a vital role in repairing and building bodily tissues; including skin, muscles and bones.
Fats: Fats are used as a both a source and storage of energy for your body, while also supporting absorption of vitamins and regulating metabolism.
How Much of Each Macronutrient Do I Need?
There are general guidelines to follow, based on an average diet, to ensure you are eating enough of each macronutrient.
Recommended daily amounts of each macronutrient:
• 45-65% of your daily calorie intake should be complex carbohydrates
• 10-35% should be made up of protein
• 20-35% should be made up of fats
Examples of Complex Carbohydrates:
- Raw fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat bread, rolled oats)
Food Examples by Macronutrient