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Introduction to Macronutrients

Macronutrients provide calories. They are divided into three main groups according to their chemical structure. Sometimes we shorten to just “Macros”

They are: Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats

Here are some examples of which foods have which macronutrients:

Many people talk about Macros and some understanding is helpful for many people.

Your personal trainer, nutritionist or dietitian may suggest a goal for each macronutrient to reach a goal.

This is great as you can eat with more freedom than a meal plan.

However this does somewhat oversimplify things occasionally. This is because many foods could technically fit into your macro allowances and not be very healthy!

I always recommend bearing in mind your micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) when planning your meals and choosing unprocessed foods when possible for extra fibre.


Alcohol is technically another macronutrient. However it is not essential :( If you are counting macros, you may find that many apps allocate alcohol to the Carbohydrates.

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