"MACROS" is the abbreviation for the word macronutrient.
Macro = large
Nutrient = a substance that provides nourishment essential for growth and the maintenance of life.
There are 3 "macronutrients" in a balanced diet and a host of other nutrients that provide us with energy to fuel the body's internal functions.
Those 3 macronutrients are:
and each have a different function in the body, thus making it VERY important to not eliminate any of the three from your diet.
Just for Sh$ts and Gigs, let's talk about the harmful effects of eliminating or strictly limiting different macronutrient groups.
can cause constipation, upset stomach, headaches, dizziness and exhaustion.
Eating fewer than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day may cause ketosis, which can cause bone erosion, leg cramps, fatigue, disturbance of menstrual cycle, kidney stones, bad breath, constipation, dehydration, anxiety and headaches.
**At this time there is no long-term research analyzing the effects of a ketotic diet. Experts do not know the extent of the damage that can occur after years of a "keto-diet".
Fats allow your body to absorb nutrients, fuel your muscles during exercise and promote satiation. Because fats help you to absorb and utilize fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, eliminating them from your diet can cause very dry skin, slow bone growth, night blindness, bone weakness, immune deficiency, improper blood clotting, delayed wound healing, and inadequate absorption of calcium.
In addition, good fats actually regulate and control your appetite, and protect your body from hypertension, cholesterol problems and heart disease.
ELIMINATING PROTEIN or OVERDOING PROTEIN
The human body has a protein intake cap. It varies with an individuals height and weight, but most people can absorb at most 30-42 g per meal. Any more, and the body can’t use it to build and repair muscle—so the surplus is stored as fat.
Not getting enough protein can result in weight loss, muscle weakness and wasting, fluid retention and swelling, low blood pressure and heart rate, nutrient malabsorption, liver problems, anemia, immunity deficiency, muscle and joint pain, slow recovery form injury, hair, skin and nail weakness, and mental fatigue (brain fog).
As you can read, NONE OF THE SIDE EFFECTS are side effects that you want to experience on a daily basis, so DON'T DIET!
USE THE HAPPY BODY PLATE GUIDELINE and if you want a cookie, Eat The Damn Cookie.