What are Macros? Weight loss and Calories.

The meal plan inside The New-Start Solution is based around the principles of throwing out the processed junk food, and restoring your affection for natural, whole foods. A simple way of thinking about whole food and processed food is, whole foods are healthier for your body. The real question is, why?

In the broad world of metabolism, nutrition, and dieting, two major components make up the food system that we should be eating; Macronutrients and Micronutrients. Separating these two terms and building an understanding is a vital role in understanding how to maximize your metabolism and health status.
Macronutrients are the bigger picture parts; proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. (Alcohol is considered a macronutrient as well, but it is an empty promise macro, with no real health benefit so discussing it is meaningless).

Macronutrients are the product of food that makes up the “calories.” Most diet plans that you see have some insight into the calorie tracking scenario. Weight loss has a lot to do with the amount of calories you eat on a daily basis being less than calories burned in that same day resulting in weight loss. (Calories in<Calories burned=Weight loss) In the weight lifting, body building, and weight loss world, the term “macros” is used a lot to describe the macronutrients that build the diet plan. “Cutting carbs” “protein loading” “good fats vs bad fats” are all describing a way of manipulating macronutrients to get a desired result from the diet, and each can be effective. A proper balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates, as well as calorie tracking, is an important factor in a weight loss or muscle gaining scenario, so it cannot be overlooked.

The New-Start Solution is not just a weight loss plan. It is designed to help you restore your health status to a symptom free level. The restriction of simply tracking your macronutrients and caloric intake to lose weight is that you can use 100% processed foods in your diet to hit your balance of macros. Think about how processed foods have begun changing the original food to alter the macronutrient levels. Packaging of the food will say, “Fat Free” “Sugar Free” “Reduced Fat,” and the concept of this is to make the label and calorie levels more attractive on a macronutrient perspective. If we focus solely on macronutrients and calorie levels, it will allow you to completely overlook the other component of our food, Micronutrients.

Micronutrients are the small components of whole foods, like vitamins and minerals. Most processed foods are either void of necessary micronutrients, or have them infused into them, changing the way our body utilizes the vitamins and minerals. Micronutrients are widely used in nearly every single aspect of the human body’s function. Vitamin C for colds, Vitamin B12 for energy, Zinc for prostate health, Magnesium for constipation, or Iodine for thyroid function are all very common connections to the micronutrient/human health spectrum. These vital nutritional factors are tucked away in whole foods, which is why The New-Start Solution set the principles of the diet plan around maximizing micronutrient intake to minimize dysfunction in the body.

​For Example: A medium sized apple has 95-105 calories.
Macronutrients:
Protein: 0.5g
Fats: 0.3g
Carbohydrates: 25g

Micronutrients:
Vitamin A, E, Vitamin B1,2,3,5,6,9,12, Vitamin C, Boron, Calcium, chromium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc

Its clear to see the difference between macronutrients and micronutrients on paper. You have to design your meal plan around balancing both. 

The New-Start Solution is designed to do just that. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at New-Start Health Center.

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