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  • Writer's pictureNatalia. Integrative and Functional Medicine Nutritionist

Unlocking the Secrets of Macros: Your Path to Results

Your steak and eggs won't become part of your muscle mass unless your thyroid and other hormones are working in balance and you are getting the right amounts of glutathione, vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc 


 

Ever wondered about the buzz around macros and if they truly hold the key to the results you crave? Let's dive into the world of macronutrients—those tiny powerhouses shaping your body composition and weight loss journey.


So, What's the Macro Deal? Macros, short for macronutrients, are your pals in the quest for that dream body. Carbs, proteins, and fats are the main players here, each bringing its unique contribution. Carbs and proteins pack 4 calories per gram, fats bring a bit more heft with 9 calories per gram, and alcohol (a fun addition*) weighs in at 7 calories per gram.



A quick word on alcohol and macros… Alcohol is broken down by the liver, which is where metabolism happens and where the carbs, proteins and fats get converted into energy, but this won’t happen if the liver is being ticked off by alcohol and other toxins such as artificial sweeteners, fillers, colors, and processed foods that hinder metabolism.


Now, here's where things get intriguing...





The Facts Unveiled: Quality Trumps Distribution.


Sure, tracking macros can guide you, but here's the kicker—quality beats quantity every time. Your metabolism, liver, and gut play a symphony/ using these macros to create energy, build lean muscle, and craft new brain cells. But, and it's a big but, if your internal health is out of whack, results may remain elusive.


So, what's the secret sauce?



Balance Beyond Macros: The Real Results Unveiled.


Having a balanced macro ratio is a piece of the puzzle, not the whole picture. It won't magically make you shed fat, beat the bloat, or reverse chronic conditions. That's why, in my work with clients, I go beyond macros.


I give my clients individualized meal plans, sure, but we focus on the real game-changers:

1. Healthy Habits: Because habits shape your journey.

2. Optimal Digestive System: Where it all begins for a healthier you.

3. Boosted Metabolism: The engine that fuels your results.

4. Healthy Liver: A vital player in your wellness symphony.

5. Balanced Hormones: The key to sustainable change.

6. Restful Sleep: Your body's rejuvenating sanctuary.

7. Enough Water: The unsung hero in your daily routine.

8. Right Nutrients: Micronutrients like magnesium, lipoate, vitamin C, carnitine, and specific amino acids—an arsenal for your body's needs!

Macros are only one side of the equation, for example, it turns out your body needs enough micronutrients such as magnesium, lipoate, vitamin C, carnitine and specific amino acids to burn fat for fuel, and enough magnesium, specific b vitamins, and bioavailable zinc to turn carbs into energy. This means you could be eating all the right macros but you’ll see no results because you are lacking the right micronutrients your body needs to actually use those macros. 


Sometimes this is what makes a difference when trying to overcome a weight loss plateau. In fact, this is what worked with my client Kyle, who was very frustrated after hitting a plateau in his weight loss at 260 lbs. He had made significant change in his life, exercising and eating "healthier" but couldn't see any results. 


He overcame a weight loss plateau with a unique personalized meal plan that combined all the right elements. After 4 months he lost 28 lbs and 4 inches in his waist line! The changes happened way faster than before starting the program.





Because let's face it, a one-size-fits-all approach just won't cut it.



Want to Learn More About How My Functional Macros Plan Works? 


It's time to go beyond macros. If you're curious about the tailored approach that leads to real, lasting results, I've got you covered. Want to learn more about how my functional macros plan can elevate your journey? Reach out, and let's chat.






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