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Macro Calculating Made Easy

Macronutrients is the caloric content of your food.

If calories were a cake, macros would be the ingredients (eggs, butter and cake mix) to make that cake.

Macros are proteins, dietary fats, and carbohydrates. Each of these play a key role in proper body function.


Protein

Contains 4 calories per gram

Example: 25 grams of protein x 4 equals 100 calories

Research shows the majority of the population can follow a recommendation of 0.7-1 gram per pound of bodyweight.

Protein is used for growth and repair of muscles, tissues, and cells. It does not matter if you sit all day long, your body is constantly repairing tissue and cells throughout the day. It doesn’t stop there though, protein also helps with immune function, making essential hormones and enzymes, energy and preserving lean muscle mass.


Fat

Contains 9 calories per gram

Example: 20 grams of fat x 9 equals 180 calories

Healthy Fat is very important in your diet. It is needed for organ regeneration and hormone regulation. It is also needed for absorbing certain vitamins. Think of your hair, skin and nails, fats play a major role in giving them nourishment and moisture.


Carbs

Contains 4 calories per gram

Example: 25 grams of carbs x 4 equals 100 calories

Carbs are your body’s preferred source of energy. However, carbs are not essential like protein and fat. That is why you can go “low carb” and still have proper body function. They are the main source of energy used by your body in the form of glucose. Your brain, kidneys, central nervous system and muscles all need glucose to perform at an optimal rate.


Now, let’s calculate your own macronutrients for weight loss.

First step: figuring out your maintence level of calories. This is where you are maintaining your current weight.

Why? Because you need to have a starting point. This number tells us where you are now, not gaining weight and not losing weight. So, from there, we can put you in a caloric deficit (shortage of calories) so you are losing weight.

Your calories in (food consumed) needs to be LESS than calories out (calories burned by your metabolism and daily activity).


Take your current body weight and multiply it by 14, 15 or 16 depending on how active you are.

14- Not active

15- Active

16- Very active

Example: Body weight 130lbs

130 x 16 (very active individual) = 2,080 this number would be your maintence calories


To be in a caloric deficit you need to subtract calories from your maintence number (2,080)

Subtracting 500 calories per day puts you in a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories for 1 week

3,500 calories is equal to 1 pound of body fat, so essentially you will be losing 1 pound per week. Taking into account water weight and hormone fluctuation.


Maintence calories 2,080 – 500 calories for your deficit = 1,580 calories per day

Next step, breaking 1,580 calories into protein, fat and carbs

Studies show, that we require about 0.7-1.2g of protein per pound of body weight. The higher or lower end of the spectrum is dependent on how much lean muscle mass you have, if you’re in a caloric deficit you may require a bit more protein.

I personally take in 1 gram of protein per pound.

Example: 130 x 1 = 130g of protein

130g protein x 4 (because there are 4 calories per gram of protein) = 520 calories from protein

Subtract 520 calories from your caloric deficit number 1,580 = 1,060

1,060 is what is left for fats and carbs


Next, we will calculate how many fats per day

We require 0.3-0.5 grams of fat per pound of body weight. If you are someone who enjoys peanut butter, nut and oils more so than carbs you would want to go more towards 0.5

Example: 130 x 0.4 (we like peanut butter, but also like carbs) = 52 grams of fat per day

52 x 9 (because there are 9 calories per gram of fat) = 468 calories from fat

Subtract 468 from 1,060 = 592 calories leftover for carbs

592 / 4 (because there are 4 calories per gram of carbs) = 148 carbs per day


Macros:

130g protein

52g fat

148g carbs

This would be our macronutrients for losing 1 pound of body fat per week.


You can track your macros in MyFitnessPal, that is the app I use and I LOVE IT! You can scan your food in with the barcode option or you can type in your food. Either way, it is simple and the more you use it the more you will be aware of how much you are eating. Use the macros you calculated here to track your food for the next 2 weeks. Be consistent if you are not seeing the results you want, adjust your macros. That’s the best part of tracking your macros, you are in control and can change them depending on how your body reacts.

Jessica Backurz

Eating Healthy On The Go

I am giving you NO EXCUSES for eating poorly when you are traveling. These are just a few options listed in my new program called, In Prep. In this program you are given all of the tools you need to succeed. You will receive a list of 30 eating out options with macronutrients included. Screenshot this list below! It is so handy when traveling or just for a day you left your meal prep at home. We all experience appointments that run longer than planned and being caught in a time crunch. Just because you have to run through a drive through doesn’t mean you have to get a Big Mac with extra cheese! Make good choices wherever you end up.

Healthy Food Options Infographic

Carb Intake and Muscle Growth

I get so many questions about my workout split, so here it is. I base all my workouts around my food intake. After my high carbs days I feel unstoppable, so naturally my leg workouts are the very next day. I want to grow my lower body so my high energy days are for legs. Even on my low carb days I stack the my highest carb meals before and after my workouts. This is because your muscle need to be replenished after going through so much breakdown. The way to building strong, healthy muscle is through consistency in workouts and your carb/protein intake. Ladies, do not be afraid of carbs! They are your bestfriend when trying to grow your muscles. You just need to know when you eat them. Stack them around workouts, especially when training the muscles you want to grow. For example if I am training glutes, I eat my carbs before I train them. After my workout is finished I immediately drink my protein shake (before I leave the gym) then head home and eat my sweet potato or white rice.