I think I have a blog about this already but I find the need to explain why macros matter to clients..... I hope this offers some insight to the ESSENTIAL part of your day!
The Nutrition world divides the nutrients into two major categories: the macronutrients and the micronutrients. These groups of macronutrients are carbohydrates, the proteins, and fats.
The only reason we eat carbohydrates is for the energy.... and for deliciousness (sugar). The only form of energy that the body can use is in the form of ATPs.
There are three kinds of monosaccharides that exist in nature, the most prevalent being glucose. Glucose that exists in nature is the same glucose that exists inside our bodies. It's prevalent. The important thing to note is that glucose contains six carbons. I mention this because the energy that is stored in glucose is stored in these carbon bonds, and we'll see later how the body can extract this energy from these carbon bonds.
Then, we see is the number of mechanisms/processes (metabolism) that the body uses in order to extract these elements from the food into our bodies. Remember HS science.... energy transfer..... potential to kinetic.... that dang rock at the top of the hill! We're going to take up carbohydrates first,primarily because that's the most of the calories that we eat are in the form of carbohydrates.
Keri Heickert, EdD, ATC