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What Is a Macro Diet?

Many of you who have participated in one of our Balanced Habits™ programs might be at a loss as to how you “explain” the type of nutrition you are learning.  One component of our programs is to eat meals that are balanced in macronutrients; but what is a macro diet? There are literally thousands of programs on the market to choose from, but very few can say with confidence that they are science-based.  As reported by Cedar Sinai, “Maintaining weight loss long-term is all about balance,” and Balanced Habits focuses on helping people find that proper balance to manage their weight long-term; balance in macronutrients, balance in behavior and lifestyle, and balance in overall well-being.

what is a macro diet
Balanced macronutrients (protein, dietary fat, and carbs) are key in losing weight the healthy way

A Formula That Is Balanced

Macronutrient-based nutrition is beneficial because it focuses on a “formula” that people can easily understand and manage. When people eat all three macronutrients (protein + carbohydrates+ dietary fats), they are consuming all three pieces to the “puzzle” the body requires, eliciting a proper metabolic message. If a macronutrient is missing, the body does not receive the whole message and particular cellular responses do not take place, which is necessary for a desirable reaction.

People respond favorably with balance and it allows a tremendous amount of freedom by not eliminating food sources in an attempt to get a short-term response that is not, in most cases, sustainable nor healthy for a long-term solution. Diet programs tend to focus on calorie counting and do not take into consideration macronutrient ratios that are necessary for the body to function properly and efficiently.

Let’s face it, we all know that balance is key to success, in all aspects of life, not only with nutrition. Balance offers a sustainable approach to proper nutrition. The body’s metabolism is the most efficient when it senses consistency and trusts that it is being provided for. The body’s only mission is self-preservation. Give the metabolism what it needs and it will respond accordingly. With Balanced Habits™, we refer to that as a “fat-burning machine.”  Conversely, if one withholds from the metabolism (diets), it will respond accordingly. We call that a “fat-storing machine.”

Freedom Means You Can Stick With It

People thrive with freedom and flail with deprivation. A macronutrient based nutrition program that is simple to understand and integrate is almost so simple, people truly believe it’s too good to be true! The proof lies with the results and although the only “perfect” program is the one that works, we have yet to see this type of balanced nutrition not work for anyone of the 200,000+ people we have worked with.

To wrap it up, a macronutrient approach to nutrition allows you to live a really “normal” life, enjoying all the foods you have learned to enjoy. Between the incredible results people get from this approach, to the boost in confidence understanding how to properly nourish your body, there is no better plan for sustainability.

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