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Jackie Macros Summer has come to an end... and life becomes a bit hectic with the holidays right around the corner. Not to say that life isn’t hectic now, but I know for a fact, once fall and winter hits, diet and exercise is put on the back burner. What is going to keep you motivated or staying within your healthy weight range?

We go through many phases before finally taking the initial step into the gym and making healthy eating habits. I want YOU to be ahead of the game, sustain a healthy weight and be able to fit into that NEW YEARS outfit! Yes... I am thinking that far ahead!! WHY?? Because for some of us, it takes a little longer to adapt to change and/or pick up a new habit, especially when it comes to eating and exercise. Even when living a healthy and fit life, I am constantly reminded about the importance of the kinds of food I eat. We all know by now, that living a healthy and fit life does not happen in seasons, it’s ALL year around!

Jackie MacrosUnless you’re a bodybuilder or training for a specific athletic competition, there is no such thing as “off season”. I prefer NOT having the stress of losing 10-15 pounds in 4 weeks and then putting it all back on right afterwards. Making the conscious effort to watch what I eat and get at least, THE MINIMUM, of 45 minutes of physical activity a day, makes this all possible. It also helps balance out my life, along with releasing any unnecessary tension/stress built up from the day. I like to call this... my “ME TIME”. I want YOU to find your “ME TIME”! It is NOT a selfish thing, it is a HEALTHY thing. There is no doubt that your body will appreciate it, and so will others around you! The kind of confidence that comes with living a fit life CAN NOT be bought, but CREATED by only YOU! Since I decided to take a hiatus from competing in figure competitions, I definitely had to switch gears with my training and adjust my calorie intake. Keeping in mind that in order for me to maintain the physique I have been working so hard on, my meals must contain one source of protein, carbohydrate and fat! These three food sources are called our MACRONUTRIENTS.

Jackie MacrosAccording to the McKinley Health Center at University of Illinois, macronutrients are nutrients that provide calories or energy. These nutrients play an important role for your growth, metabolism and body functions. “Macro” meaning large, which means you need these nutrients in large portions! The three macronutrients are: carbohydrates, protein and fats. Now... I’m NOT suggesting you start “carb loading”! Each macronutrient provides calories! Thisis when calorie counting becomes vital... I recommend you speak to a nutrition specialist to calculate the right amount of calories for you specifically. Side note, your calorie intake will vary depending on your fitness goals and/or body weight. Some individuals may eat more carbs on a day he/she knows they are going to engage in a more intense physical activity in order to sustain enough energy. I am prompting you to do your own research for your own fitness goals!!  

Important FACTS to know:

Carbohydrate = 4 calories per gram
  • Main source for fuel
  • Can be easily used by the body for energy
  • Needed for your central nervous system, kidneys, brain and muscles to function properly
Protein = 4 calories per gram
  • Tissue repair
  • Preserving muscle tissue
  • Can be used for energy when carbohydrates are not available
Fat = 9 calories per gram
  • 3 types of fats: saturated fat (bad fat), unsaturated fat and trans fat
  • Unsaturated fats (GOOD fats): Monounstaturated & Polyunsaturated fats
  • Good fats serves as an energy source for the body, vitamin absorption and decrease in cardiovascular risks
TAKE YOUR TIME and find out what works for you! Understanding the benefits from having your daily dosage of macronutrients will help keep you within your healthy weight range and/or reach your fitness goals. Even if you are not exercising rigorously 5-7 days a week, this will help keep your metabolism going and your belly tight.

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