Why counting macros is important
We’ve all at one point looked at nutrition labels on food to see how many calories were in something, Calories provide the body with energy it needs to survive and macronutrients make up the calories we eat. Each macronutrient plays a different role within in your body. Proper amounts of macros for your body can help you reach your body goals a lot faster than counting calories alone. Everyone’s macronutrients won’t be the same due to different body types, age, workouts, goals, etc. One good reason you should count macros is on a lot of food labels calorie count is not completely accurate unlike the grams of macros. Some reasons why the label may not be 100% true is the labeling laws in the USA. Nutrition labels are rounded Why counting macros is important to the nearest 5 calories (less than or equal to 50 calories per serving) or 10 calories (>50 calories per serving). Also in the United States labeling laws allow for insoluble fiber to be deducted from total carbs to calculate total calories, but that fiber will still be part of total carbs. For example if an item has 20g of fiber 5g being insoluble fiber only 15g would count towards the total calories for the label. This is optional to companies and is often used in the health industry. To calculate calories from macros:
1g protein x 4 kcal
1g carb x 4 kcal
1g fat x 9kcal
Examples of popular foods that the calorie count is not completely accurate:
Protein ice cream: [serving size ½]
After doing the macro calculations you would actually get 102kcal vs. what the package says 70kcal.
Protein bar: [1 bar]
After doing the macro calculations you would actually get 244kcal vs. what the package says 180kcal.
Protein bar #2: [1 bar]
After doing the macro calculations you would actually get 243kcal vs. what the package says 210kcal.
Track your macros not calories and you will not have to worry about these marketing tactics used on consumers!
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Written By: Rebecca Desousa BS Nutritional Sciences