Protein, Carbs, and Fat... Oh My!
I pulled this piece for my Kick Start Cookbook which all Morgan Kate clients receive. I am not a fan of just putting people on a meal plan without education. Understanding how our food works and why we need to eat how we do, empowers my clients. Education provides knowledge. I find creating that understanding has helped my clients see better results because they are learning how to fuel their body to feel good while obtaining their goals. Understanding our Macronutrients is just the beginning of your nutrition journey. I have broken it down to help you understand how each works when we consume them Be mindful that the quality of the source is also something to measure. However, I will share more about that another day. Let's start with the basics. I will dig into greater detail as we continue our journey together.
Let's keep it simple for now.
Protein is our building block. It helps to conserve and repair muscle. It is essential in protecting our muscle, so when we exercise we do not use muscle as an energy source but our body turns to other fuel like stored fat. It helps fight against disease because it’s responsible for cell growth and development. Protein also makes us feel satiated and satisfied, keeping those hungries away!
Carbs come in complex and simple forms. For our purpose, we want to try to stick with complex carbs. They provide our body with the type of short term energy burst we need to conduct a workout or activity. The ultimate difference between simple and complex carbs is the size of their molecules, which for weight loss relates to the sugar levels found in different carbs. However, when the right carbs are chosen they provide our body with the right fuel to crush workouts and focus the body on fat burning.
Fat is our primary energy source and helps with food absorption: it is a transport for nutrients. Although we want to be selective of how much and which fats we eat, they are a critical part to balanced nutrition. There are so many fats out there, many holding awesome nutritional benefits. Fat gets a bad rep but it is my favourite of the Macronutrients. I will be discussing it further in a future blog series called Fat for Fuel.
Stay tuned my loves. Thanks for tuning in.