Improvements in nutrition science are widespread. These days, it is not hard to be in shape, whether your goal is weight loss, muscle gain, or simply to be physically fit. To be truly successful, you need to understand scientific principles and use them in the right way.
Some time ago, “Burn what you eat” diet plans were all the rage for shedding extra pounds. Many people, if they ate more, would be driven insane to run on treadmills. They hoped that if they cut back on their calorie intake, they could keep their current body composition. It is not entirely incorrect, but using it daily as your sole diet strategy will not get you anywhere. If the main goal is to keep the same weight, then getting enough protein can be enough.
Through the years, a novel strategy known as “Calorie Counting” has become increasingly widespread. This strategy expects you to maintain your daily calorie intake below your body’s maintenance level. It does not consider the nutritional value of the food you are eating. This strategy is reasonable if you must stick to it for no more than a day or two, such as on a short trip. But turning it into a diet plan would not get you closer to your fitness objective.
What exactly is “Quantified Nutrition”?
More studies in nutrition science have led to the development of a new idea called “Counting Macros,” which takes the best parts of both “calories in vs. calories out” and “count what you eat” approaches. The macronutrients (or Macros) that we obtain from food are fat, carbohydrates, and protein; the micronutrients (or Micros) that we acquire from foods are vitamins, minerals, water, folic acid, and so on. “Quantified nutrition” refers to the practice of maintaining a healthy caloric intake by adjusting the proportions of various macronutrients.
Macros: What are they and how do they work?
A macronutrient is the root word from which the term “macros” was derived. Macronutrients (or “macros”) are the primary components of our diet and a primary source of energy. Proteins, Carbohydrates, and fats are the three main categories of macronutrients.
Carbohydrates: The fuel for our bodies and minds comes primarily from carbohydrates. Carbohydrates, or carbs, are the most commonly consumed food group in India. Observing our meals closely reveals that carbs make up most of our daily intake.
Proteins: Proteins are most essential for the growth and repair of muscles and other tissues, and they are essentially the “building blocks” of the human body. The liver converts protein into glucose, which the body uses for fuel.
Fats: Fats have been the most maligned of the three macronutrients for decades without any actual harm to the body. Recent advances in our understanding of food and nutrition have revealed it to be an essential micronutrient for weight loss and general health improvement. The health of the brain and the hormones depend on it as well.
Did you know?
1 gram of carbohydrate = 4 calories
1 gram of protein = 4 calories
1 gram of fats = 9 calories
The Quantified Diet: How to Put It Into Practice
“Concept of energy balance” relates to the human body. The body uses the energy obtained from the food you eat. When energy is abundant in the body, it is stored as fat; when there is a shortage, the body draws from its fat that is reserved for overcoming the shortage. Weight gain is inevitable if caloric intake exceeds energy intake. In addition, weight loss is more probable if you expend more energy than you take in.
Quantified Nutrition Benefits
- The key to achieving substantial changes with any diet plan is ensuring it can be maintained long-term. Quantified nutrition is practical since it encourages eating the right amount of food, which in turn keeps your tummy full for longer periods of time.
- Effective for either weight loss or gain; after 12 weeks of consistent effort, most people notice a difference. Whether it is about losing weight, gaining muscle, or simply looking better physically, quantified nutrition is a foolproof way to achieve your aesthetic goals.
- Improve the quality of your diet. Many popular fad diets deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to function properly. Some of these can also disrupt your hormones. Contrarily, if you adopt a scientific approach to your diet and exercise routine, you can improve your physical health to an admirable degree.
- You will not lose muscle because the macros you eat will be tailored to your specific needs. You will not suffer from muscle loss because of the adequate protein in your diet.
- Quantifying macros in your diet allows you to include various foods as you see fit. You can modify your diet plan by including foods like potatoes, rice, wheat, fruits, or anything else you like. Foods are neither good nor evil; as they fall within our macro range, we can eat them without worry.
Quantified nutrition, in its simplest form, entails figuring out the specifics of a healthy diet, such as what kinds of foods and how much of them are required on a daily basis. Keep in mind that quantified nutrition is not some fad diet trend but a long-term and sustainable strategy for weight loss with proper nutrition intake.
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