Macro tracking ensures you get the right type of energy composition to reach your goals. To make sure our users feel at their best, Lifesum’s app tracks macros automatically when logging food.
Macronutrients are the large food groups which provides energy to maintain body functions.
There are three groups: Carbohydrates, Fats, and Protein. In other words, tracking macros refers to the ratio between those three major energy groups.
Food packages contain the nutritional information you need to calculate your daily macros, but a more efficient way to keep track of your intake is by simply logging your food in the Lifesum app which calculates macros automatically (available for free in the AppStore & Google Play).
Protein is the body’s building block that help you build muscle. It’s an essential source of energy which catalyzes metabolic reactions and makes the DNA replication work.
Protein requires more energy to digest than other nutrients, making high-protein diets excellent food plans for both weight loss and muscle building. Foods rich in protein include fish, meat, chicken, eggs, beans and tofu.
As a standard recommendation, about 20% of your daily energy intake should come from protein, but high protein diets typically consist of 30% protein.
Consuming fat is vital for our hormone production and metabolism, and is the main energy source used while at rest. For an optimized health, you should aim for unsaturated fat sources such as avocado, olive oil and nuts.
Your daily fat consumption should account for about 30% of your energy intake, but in low carb plans the fat ratio increases to cover one’s energy needs.
Carbs are the body’s primary source of energy. Healthy, complex carbs fuel the brain and are good for your health.
Even though low carb diet plans are very efficient for weight loss, it’s not necessary to cut carbs to lose weight. Focus on complex carbs like whole grains, veggies, beans, and fruit and avoid sugar, sweets, white pasta and bread.
In a traditional and healthy diet, carbs make up about 50% of the total energy intake, but for someone with a low daily activity level, 50% isn’t always necessary. The more active you are, the more carbohydrates you need to energize your body.
Sign up or download our app for free to start tracking your macros today, and discover what macro ratio fits your lifestyle.
Remember, all calories you consume come from macronutrients. To learn more about calories, read about our In-app calorie counter.
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