Understanding Macronutrient Food Groups

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Fitness expert John Basedow discusses the different macronutrient food groups and explains how they effect your body.

    John Basedow: We all know there are certain foods you should be eating each day, but do you know how much? There are three macronutrient food groups; carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

    Learn about the foods we use for energy to improve how you fuel your body. Carbohydrates should be the main macronutrient in many people's lives. Carbs have a bad rep, but they provide our main source of fuel and keep our major organs functioning properly. Carbohydrates should be 45-65% of your diet. But, make low-glycemic choices that won't promote fat storage. Most vegetables, fruits, and brown rice are good foods to start with.

    Protein is necessary for maintaining lean muscle mass. It also promotes tissue repair and healthy immune function. Protein should be about 10-35% of your diet, but make smart choices. Chicken, fish and lean meats are excellent sources of protein. Fat is an important part of your diet, but eating too much is a short path to weight gain.

    Not all fats are created equal. There are both good and bad fats. Make nuts fatty fish like salmon and avocados part of your diet. Avoid too much fat from whole fat dairy products, high fat comes from meat and packaged snack foods.

    So, pay attention to the macronutrient food groups and eat the right amounts everyday. Just a few healthy changes can help improve your energy and set you on the path to weight loss.