Photo by    Brenan Greene    on    Unsplash

Photo by Brenan Greene on Unsplash

You might know by now what the macronutrients are in our diet, but moving that theoretical knowledge into practice can still be pretty confusing.

There are a lot of different opinions out there on the internet about what the right share of protein, fat, and carbs should be on your plate.

Need a refresher? Check out these posts on carbs, protein, and fat.

And the truth is, that it’s a very individual exercise! What works for someone else may not work for you. All our bodies are different and so are our macronutrient needs.

Just because someone at your office is all about the low-carb life, doesn’t mean it will be a good fit for you.

What I’m going to discuss today is what I would recommend using as a starting point. Once you get a hang of things you can start experimenting and seeing if you feel better or worse with different macronutrient shares.

As a general rule, I recommend starting with an aim of around:

40% carbohydrates

30% protein

30% fat

as a share of total calories.

Remember that within these shares variety is also important, throughout the day they shouldn’t all be coming from one source. This is especially important with fat where you want to be getting all different types (head over here to read more about the different categories of fat).

Check out the video below for a step-by-step walk through of how I would build a plate keeping these shares in mind.

It’s not an exact science, but being mindful will take you a long way in achieving a healthful balance!

You can find the recipes mentioned in the video here:

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