Macros part 2

Macros part 2

Okay gang, how is boot camp going for you? How are you feeling during workouts and in between? We’d love to hear how it’s going for you thus far and how we can support or encourage you.

Last week, we learned the practice of fueling your body with optimal amounts of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat), which is essentially budgeting the energy from food for your body. We also challenged you to start tracking your food to find out what your macronutrient ratios look like. How is tracking your food going? What does your macronutrient intake look like? 

Have you ever heard someone say a version of, “My body works best with more carbs, less protein.”?  It’s time to figure out which combination works best for you. This week, let’s set your macronutrient goals and discover how you feel when you fall in the range on most days. While the blog post last week gave a general range of macros that work for most, here is another article that can help you find the best range to get started with. 

After a couple of weeks, if you’re feeling great with your ratios, then right on. If not, you can tinker with the ratios and find your best fit. Nothing to it, but to do it, am I right?!

Workout/exercise spotlight: High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Here is what the American College of Sports Medicine shares about HIIT.

This type of training involves repeated bouts of high intensity effort followed by varied recovery times.

What are the benefits of HIIT? HIIT training has been shown to improve: 

• aerobic and anaerobic fitness 

• blood pressure

• cardiovascular health 

• insulin sensitivity (which helps the exercising muscles more readily use glucose for fuel to make energy) 

• cholesterol profiles 

• abdominal fat and body weight while maintaining muscle mass

Read more information here.

By Victoria Emmitt RD

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