What the Heck are Keto Macros?

What the Heck are Keto Macros?

July 24, 2019 8 By William Morgan


You ready? Yes. Hi, I’m Aaron. Welcome to A.D. Keto! Today we’re going to talk about
macronutrients. When I first started this
ketogenic diet and I heard the word
macronutrients, or macros, I was like,
“…What?” and I looked it up and discovered
that micronutrients are simply chemical
compounds that humans eat the most of to
sustain them, and there are three: there’s
carbohydrates, there’s protein, and
there’s fat. So here’s a pie chart that
shows what the Standard American Diet
looks like, and this is according to the
Center for Disease Control and the
National Center for Health Statistics. As
of 2016, all of this data was accurate.
You’ve got about 50% carbohydrates, about 16% protein, and about 34% fat. And just for
kicks, I pulled up a random date from MyFitnessPal from a year ago before I
started watching what I ate, and
discovered that my pie chart looked like
this, which was… mesh. 77% carbs, and about 11.5% each of protein and fat. And so
when I changed to the ketogenic diet, the
pie suddenly looked like this: it’s 75%
fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs. And if you
keep these macros and you eat like this
for a few days, your body will adjust, and
switch from using carbs for fuel into
using fat for fuel. All right, so you know
what the ratios look like in that pie
chart, but how do you know how many
grams you should be eating? There is a
fantastic calculator available at
calculo.io, which I will link down in the
description box. You just plug in your
sex, age, weight, activity level, and it’s a
good idea to keep it at sedentary,. Even
if you exercise often, keep it at
sedentary. They’ve recently updated it so
that there’s a pulldown menu where you
can select one day exercise, one day a
week, two, three, four. Keep it as sedentary.
It’ll make things easier, and then you
can also put in your goals as far as
your calorie deficit. So again that’s a
great place to start if you’re just
starting the keto diet. That’s it for now!
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