All of the fit people around you know the one damn secret to getting to look that way. And no it’s not working out. I’m sure you’ve heard by now that working out is only a small part in losing weight. The hardest part is the diet and struggles many people face is the lack of knowledge on what to eat and why.

Macronutrients

The key is macronutrients.  These are the nutrients that is essentially required for survival. Your body needs these to have the energy to do your daily tasks. There are three macronutrients which are Carbohydrates, Fats, and Proteins. Eating these three in the right ratio and combination consistently will guarantee you lose weight no matter who you are and what your body is currently like.

Carbohydrates

riceAlmost everyone has at least heard of a carbohydrate or “carb”. Carbs give your body energy and fuel to do everyday activities. This is why a lot of times you hear of people doing a low carb diet experience fatigue or tiredness. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or gain weight you need to eat carbs. Of course, there are healthy and unhealthy carbs. The carbs you want to incorporate in your diet are whole grain foods and unprocessed carbs. Commonly eaten are rice, beans, and sweet potatoes. Avoid things like French fries or things that appear to be heavily refined. The harvard website breaks down all the tiny details involving carbs.

Fats

fatsEven bringing up fats has a negative connotation for many people. Common sense tells us if you’re trying to lose weight, you should probably avoid anything even related to the word fat. This is dead wrong. Your body needs fats on a daily basis even if you are trying to slim down. DO NOT AVOID THEM. Fats provide your body with an energy reserve and when you begin to eat more fats than your body can use, it begins to store them in fat reserves throughout your body. This is why it is so important to eat the right amount of them so your body does not being to store them. When picking out fats for your diet it is important to look for unsaturated fats. These reduce your risk for heart disease and are just all around healthier for you. This article explains the difference between the types of fats.

Protein

protein.jpegOf course, we know that if you’re trying to get absolutely jacked and swole you need to take in protein. Proteins are what helps build up muscles and repair them after a workout. They can add to your strength. Typically, the rule is that for every 1 pound of your body weight, you should consume 1 gram of protein in your diet daily. So a 200 pound man should take in around 200 grams of protein on any given day. Protein dense food is crucial to hit this target. Things like beef, turkey, chicken, fish, eggs, and nuts. If you find it hard to hit your daily goal, people often turn to protein shakes to hit the target. I recommend reading more on the benefits of protein.

Monitoring

So combining all three of these and setting a daily target of the right combination of these macronutrients will guaranteed result in weight loss. Start getting into the habit of looking at the nutritional facts of everything you eat. You may be surprised that something you thought was healthy really contains a shocking amount of fat. Or something you thought you had to exclude from your diet in order to lose weight may be beneficial after all. The next article we will walk you step by step on how to determine the exact number of carbs, fats, and proteins you need to eat daily in order to consistently lose weight.

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