Macronutrients make up the primary fuel sources that our bodies need to run efficiently. Macronutrients consist of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Without these, or not in the correct quantity, our bodies would struggle to operate correctly. It would be as though your car needed an oil change, but you continued to drive it despite the light indicator.
This is important for anyone but particularly important for highly engaged physical activity and elite athletes. Keeping track of their macronutrients can help them too:
Gives them the stamina to endure long, grueling workouts
Allows them to control their body composition
Each macronutrient is equal to a certain amount of calories. The breakdown looks like:
1 gram of protein=4 calories
1 gram of carbohydrate=4 calories
1 gram of fat=9 calories
Protein is one of the leading supplements targeting physically active people. According to an article posted by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Medicine, they suggest that highly active individuals who participate in resistant activities require 1.6-1.7 grams/kg of bodyweight. In comparison, individuals who participate in endurance activities need only 1.2-1.4 grams/ bodyweight.
Interested to learn more about the effects of protein and other macronutrients. Check out my latest blog post, A complete guide to macro-based dieting.
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