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)
  • Legumes

Food Examples by Macronutrient



















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