It is extremely important for anyone with a health goal of changing body shape to understand their macronutrient numbers or macro’s. Especially at the beginning of their journey. Often times, people can find this quite daunting.
Macro’s is simply referring to the three macronutrients. Carbohydrates, protein and fat. “Single-source macro” or “single-macro foods” are terms we use for foods that have only ONE of the three macros. Having a list of foods to turn to when you have only one macro you need to fill is extremely helpful – you don’t want to go over your other macros by accident! For example, if you just have protein left at the end of your day, yoghurt wouldn’t be the best option because it also contains a good portion of fat, unless it was a no-fat choice but we all know to avoid those tubs of sugar! Building entire meals with single source, and some basic two-source macros, does make it easier to track more accurately. It’s a great tool for beginners and for overcoming weight goal plateaus.
People can become frustrated when they track their food perfectly for a day or week only to see the same issue arising… they are either spot on with one macro and over in the other two, or spot on with two macro’s and over in one. Selecting foods containing single macro’s is the first, and easiest way to fix this. You know exactly what you’re eating (no hidden nasties), and can plan your meals with more accuracy.
Below is a diagram displaying some choices of carbs, protein and fat, plus some options that are a combination which, if chosen, should be figured into your tracking accordingly.
So if you’re feeling flustered when it comes to tracking your macro’s, or you’ve hit a bit of a weight loss plateau, getting back to basics could be just what you need. No fancy stuff. Just a good source of protein, carbohydrate and fat on your plate.