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Becoming a macromachine!

Did you grow up in the 90’s like me? Then you might remember micro machines, fun little vehicles that when your parents stepped on them they would cuss really loud….Maybe just mine.

These little beauties much like Legos could protect your house if need be, just like they did in “Home Alone”.

Instead of micro machines, using the Keto diet we will turn our bodies into macro machines. For any of you that have ever listened to gorillas at the gym, you’ll hear the word macros a bunch, bruh. So what the hell are macros? Macros is short for macronutrients, most people when dieting and exercising focus on just calorie cutting. At some point you hit a plateau as to how many calories you can really cut. So what counts as a macronutrient? Items such as carbohydrates, fats and, proteins, in addition to that I personally try to keep sodium levels down as well.

The purpose of Keto is to focus on the proper counting of macros to help your body to fat to fuel. This is done by limiting carbs, controlling protein and, focusing on good high fats that the body will burn efficiently. So before we breakdown our bodies, let’s breakdown our macros.

Proteins: King of the fitness and nutrition world. Helps build muscle and is made of amino acids. First let me say that I respect my vegan and veg friends. However, meat is the best way to get the nine essential amino acids that are required for normal body function. Some grains and legumes will give you some help but meat is the only way to get all nine at once.

Carbohydrates or carbs: Fickle, fickle, in cheesecake and pickles…… seriously, carbs are in so much and your body technically doesn’t need them. The problem is that carbs are an easily accessible source of energy. Carbs are broken in to two categories: complex and simple. Simple is what simple does so simple carbs just mean that your body breaks it down faster and easier. Simple carbs are things like sugar, complex carbs are large molecules like starch. In the world of macros, a carb is a carb is a carb. Thus means that pop tarts and potatoes are created equal…..somewhat.

Fats: I typed that while looking at myself in the mirror. Remember back in the day when you had Fats Domino, Fatty Arbuckle, Fat Joe, now all the social justice warriors will swear your body shaming. But let’s talk about fat baby, let’s talk about you and me. Fats are looked down on because they’re high in caloric value, however there is also such a wide variety. You have saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, omega 3 fatty acid, transfats, omega 6, etc. Here’s a good tip, be transphobic when it comes to your fats.

Trans fats increase your risk of heart issues and are found in lots of packaged foods. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are both fatty acids that you want in your diet.

Target nuts and fatty fish for those. As long as you’re targeting good fats, you’ll start to lose the bad fat all over.

So how to know what to eat and how to track it. First you’ll want to know what your goal is and calculate out what your macros should be. This is a great resource to figure out those goals, just click here. Once you have your goals to work towards, you need a way to track it. I personally use Sparkpeople Calorie & Diet on my Android phone. It allows me to set my daily macros goal and track with ease. It’s also shared by a large community so many items and some recipes are already in. This saves new users a wealth of time.

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