My, but you didn’t think exercise alone would get you “ripped.” You didn’t really think you could get away without some type of dieting — at least eventually — now did you?
Super perfect abs are a result of both acquiring healthier eating habits, while you’re strengthening those abs for their eventual unveiling. You need mold your health from the inside out — or your results won’t be long lasting.
So let’s take a quick look at what it really means to eat healthy.
Do I Really Need Them?
The term macronutrient isn’t one the average person bandies about much on a daily basis. But, the macronutrient is of fundamental importance in your efforts to eat healthy and lose weight. And despite not being totally familiar with the term, you just may be surprised to discover that you already have a good working knowledge of the macronutrients your body uses to nourish itself.
The macronutrients are, in fact, the three broad categories or classes of food which your body requires everyday to keep it running smoothly: protein, fats and carbohydrates. See, I told you that you already knew these nutrients.
But, we’re going to take that knowledge — that you believe you have — and revolutionize the way you view these important building blocks of nutrition. And in the process, we’re going to revolutionize how you view “dieting” and your overall well being in general.
Proteins, fats and carbohydrates are called macronutrients for the simple reason that they make up the largest portion of your overall diet. These nutrients are also the ones responsible for supplying fuel to your cells for energy as well as for the regulation of body heat.
The fuel-burning potential of every macronutrient is expressed in a measurement called “kilocalories.” Now, if that word looks vaguely familiar, it should. We talk about this “fuel-burning potential” constantly — especially if you’re dieting. But we shorten the measurement to just “calories.” And just for the record, one calorie is equal to the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree centigrade.
Good grief! You’ll never really need to know that exact definition, but knowing that a calorie is related to raising temperature comes in handy when you’re learning about the requirements of your body. (Just keep this in mind when we talk about metabolism.)
Similarly, the food you eat is seen in terms of calories for convenience sake. It helps us compare the relative energy value of each food item.
Did you know for example, that each macronutrient burns calories at different rates? For example, fats contain nine calories per gram. Proteins and carbohydrates contain four calories per gram.
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