As your physical activity increases, you need to focus on your macronutrients (or, if you want to sound really cool, refer to them as "macros") — carbohydrates, fat and protein — which provide the calories your body needs for energy.
We take the guesswork out of it. If you’re using the MyPlate app, you’ll see a simple pie chart with your daily breakdown. Boom!
How to Know If You're Getting Enough Protein
The default caloric breakdown for the LIVESTRONG.COM Calorie Tracker is 40/30/30, which translates to 40 percent from carbohydrates, 30 percent from fat and 30 percent from protein. That's the baseline formula.
Depending on your fitness activity and your body’s needs, you might need to make dietary adjustments to ensure you’re getting enough protein.
Your body craves protein: It needs it to help build muscle. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough, allowing your body to replenish and get stronger. Plus, it satisfies hunger and helps you stay full longer, which helps immensely as you get fit and lose weight.
Since the body doesn’t store protein like it does fat, you need to replenish it throughout the day. Make sure you’re opting for good sources of protein like lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds.
So fuel up your body properly and track your macros so you can maximize your results.
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