November 13th, 2017
I recently had the pleasure of presenting to a group of health-minded individuals at Orange Theory Fitness in Pittsford, NY. If you’ve never tried it, I recommend it; contact them for your free class and tell them that RDN Jen sent you! But anyway, I presented on something that I’m sure most of you reading this have heard about, but may not necessarily know a super ton about: macronutrients. The three macronutrients are fat, protein, and carbohydrates. A common phrase that dietitians hear is “I’m not eating any carbs. I’m on a no-carb diet.” While I applaud the desire of these individuals who are motivated by health, this is not only a silly thing to attempt to do, but it is impossible!
Carbohydrates are the primary energy source in your body for physical activity. They power the major organs of your body. They play an integral part in hormone production and mood stabilization. Most importantly, your brain prefers glucose (or carbohydrates) as a fuel source and 95% of the energy it gets comes from glucose!! Trying to nix your carbohydrate intake deprives your body. Plus carbohydrates are present in countless nutrient dense foods: fruits, grains, dairy products, and even vegetables! If you are eating no carbohydrates you would be eating only protein and fat and would probably be uncomfortably constipated.
Protein is the building block of the body. It forms skin, muscles, and at the smallest level, your cells. Protein assists in muscle growth and muscle repair. If you are doing strength training on a consistent basis you will need to increase your protein intake to accommodate the muscle repair that you will need.
Fat is super important. Let me repeat that: fat is super important. Your brain is made of fat. Your internal organs are protected by fat. Having an appropriate amount of body fat allows your body to practice thermoregulation. It also plays a role in hormone stabilization. If you don’t eat enough fat it will be harder to feel satiety, or that comfortable full feeling, and you’ll be more likely to overeat.
If you’re interested in learning more about how much of each macronutrient will help you meet your health goal, contact me! I’m more than happy to work with you in creating a meal plan!