What are Macronutrients?

A healthy diet requires balance, not just cutting out calories. Learn what macronutrients are and the three major types that make up a balanced diet.

There are three major macronutrients that the human body needs in order to function properly: carbohydrates, protein, and fats. These all have an important function and form part of a balanced diet. Structuring these correctly in my opinion is the key to getting lean. Let me explain…


Proteins are essential and are vital for building a strong lean body and contribute towards a healthy immune system. I recommend that all meals include a complete protein source. These are proteins which contains all 9 essential amino acids and include things such as fish, poultry or lean meat.

Eating these correctly in line with your energy demands will ensure muscles get repaired effectively. As a result of this and the right training your lean muscle tissue will increase in size and therefore speed up your metabolism allowing you to get even leaner! Isn’t that amazing? The more muscle the faster your metabolism.


Do not fear carbs and do not believe the myth that eating carbs after 6pm will make you fat. Eating too many of them and outside your bodies needs causes you to store fat! Most of us have had a lot of carbs throughout the day, therefore we don’t need that much at night.

I believe it’s best to eat carbs before your workout so you will have the energy to get a good training session. Carbohydrates are great for fueling and recovering from workouts. I recommend consuming carbs such as sweet potato or jasmine rice within one hour of your workout. Consume less carbs on rest days where you don’t need the extra fuel.


Not all fats are bad for you in fact, some fatty acids are essential because the body cannot synthesize them itself so they must come from dietary sources. Eggs, oily fish like salmon, mackerel, avocado, nuts, flax seed, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil are all great sources so aim to include some of these into your diet each day.
Written by Lori Fetrick

Live. Love. Sweat & Muscles.

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