The Source of Your Macros Matter
Written by contributor Matt Weik
There are many people following the flexible dieting plan or the very commonly referred to IIFYM plan (if it fits your macros). Maybe you’re currently using it to improve your health? While this plan is generally more of a lifestyle plan versus the many others out there that cut out complete macronutrients from your nutrition, people seem to be taking the plan to the extreme and thinking it literally means they can eat whatever they want. This article isn’t about any specific diet, but rather a look into what actually makes up most diets out there – the macronutrients. What you need to realize is the source of your macros matters when looking to improve your health.
First and foremost, let’s define exactly what a macronutrient (macro) is. According to the dictionary, the definition of a macronutrient is as follows: “a type of food (e.g. fat, protein, carbohydrate) required in large amounts in the diet.” So, anything you consume on a daily basis can be broken down into macros which allow you to see the total amount of grams and calories consumed by protein, carbs, or fat. If you want a better visual on this, utilizing an app will help you not only track your calories and macros for the day but can help you stay on track with your nutrition to allow you to hit your numbers to help achieve your individual goal (weight loss/muscle building/maintenance).
Most diets fail when they aren’t something you can easily adhere to with your lifestyle. The flexibility of the above nutrition plans allows you to not truly “eliminate” certain foods from your diet but at the end of the day, you are still accountable for everything you put in your mouth. Filling your diet with pizza, donuts, fried chicken, and ice cream in order to hit all of your daily macros might sound like a great idea, but since the source of your macros matters, not all of the calories you consume are created equal.
While every calorie consumed contains 4,184 Joules of energy, your body actually takes each calorie and breaks it down and absorbs it differently – all dependent on the source of the specific macro(s).
What Are You Filling Your Tank With?
In order for jets to fly and perform optimally, they need high octane jet fuel. In a sense, that’s what gives the jet “energy” to stay in motion. You could say energy can be created by sugar as well. So, what do you think would happen if you took sugar water and put it in the jet? I don’t think we would want to find out. The outcome would be devastating. Your body is the same way. Table sugar and fructose (sugar from fruits) are both categorized as “sugar” but we both know there is a drastic difference when it comes to your overall health when consuming each variety.
What are you filling your tank with? The source of your macros matters if you are looking to improve your health and if you aren’t fueling your body with performance and health-based nutrients, you are essentially only slowing yourself down – both physically and mentally. Your body is a well-oiled machine and it needs high-quality nutrients for everyday functioning.
How your body reacts to food is also dependent on the source of your macros. Let’s compare certain foods we consume – fat for example. You could eat a bowl of ice cream that is high in fat and it will react differently in your body due to the fat source and all of the other ingredients found in ice cream – specifically the sugars. The ice cream can spike insulin levels and provide a boost in energy, but then you may find a sudden crash shortly after once your blood sugar stabilizes. This plan isn’t really helpful if you are looking to improve your health.
Turning this around, now think about consuming a healthy fat like a handful of almonds (a common afternoon or evening snack). Almonds are full of healthy fats that can provide sustained energy that may not affect blood sugar like the example of a bowl of ice cream. Additionally, the almonds contain some fiber which can help with digestion as well as help you feel satisfied (this is especially useful when you are trying to lose weight and are in a caloric deficit).
Why the Best Bar Ever Was Created the Way It Was
As mentioned, and explained above, the source of your macros matters. The Best Bar Ever didn’t want to simply make “just another protein bar” to be lined up on a shelf and sit there for months as consumers walk up and down aisles. In fact, the Best Bar Ever was created in such a way that they don’t stick around very long at all – people are grabbing them left and right out of refrigerators across the nation. Notice how I said “refrigerators?” This isn’t your normal shelf stable bar. This bar is made with real food ingredients and therefore needs to be treated as such in order to maintain its freshness.
The creators of the bar wanted something nutrient-dense and that could help contribute to your health. Many other bars on the market didn’t cut it due to all of the artificial ingredients, soy, gluten, and essentially low-quality ingredients that provide high margins for the brand and not ideal to the consumers.
The Best Bar Ever didn’t cut corners with their line of refrigerated bars and you can literally taste the difference. With real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating, this premium whey protein bar from grass-fed cows can not only fill you up but fuel you as well. Whether in the board room or the weight room, Best Bar Ever has you covered.
Put down those chalky glorified candy bars and grab something you can feel good about eating without sacrificing taste, texture, and nutrition – a Best Bar Ever.
Matt Weik, owner of Weik Fitness, LLC, is a well-respected fitness expert/author with a global following. His work has been featured in nearly 100 fitness magazines, 5,000+ websites, as well as having published numerous books and audiobooks. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, and sports nutritionist.