Beginners guide to macros

Beginners guide to macros

We all dream of being able to eat exactly what we want when we want, without the need for calorie counting.

So when there’s the slightest hint that we might be able to eat pizza with a glass of wine, round it off with a pud and not put on weight, well then it’s worth looking into!

The macro diet is one where you can have this freedom.

The macro diet explained simply:

The macro diet looks at the ratio of three “macronutrients” - carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

If you’re exercising regularly, carbohydrates are not the enemy. If you spend too long sitting on the sofa, then those carbs can be a problem. So the idea is to work out your macro ratio for the perfect diet.

To work this out you need to establish what your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is, and consider your activity level. This result will give you your daily calorie intake target.

If you then split this between the three macronutrients you can decide how you use those calories.

You still need to ensure that 80% of those calories come from nutritious sources, so it’s not pizza and chips the whole way.

Though it does mean by being strategic you can factor in that piece of cake or pizza each day without going over your daily target.

As long as you keep check on your weight and your activity level then you can keep in check your macro diet. Using a free app such as My Fitness Pal can help you monitor the macronutrient rating.

Although it takes a bit of time to get to grips with your ideal macro ratio, it’s worth the inital effort. The weight loss gains can be huge!

The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Paula C.
4 September 2017

Paula C.

I did the counting macros thing a couple of years ago and can guarantee it works. After only a couple of weeks I had lost nearly half a stone, so it was definitely worth it in my opinion.

Sean S.
31 August 2017

Sean S.

I had heard of the macro diet and this explains it well but it's enough to put me off with all the calculations and scientific considerations. I think there's much simpler ways of building muscle and losing weight.

Jim R.
29 August 2017

Jim R.

Nice explanation of a principle used by many body builders - although it is actually just good old common sense, obtaining a balanced diet. Even the much-derided NHS eatwell plate works along these lines.

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