If you’re sought out a new fitness and nutrition programme or signed up to a PT at the gym, you might hear people talking about macros, and tracking macros.
But whilst mainstream in the health and fitness world, macros (aka macro nutrients) is the term which puzzles us the most according to how often people search for it, with an average of 32,050 Google searches in the UK a month to trying to define it.
With that in mind we’ve got MyVitalMetrics’ founder Owen Hutchins to define some of the most misunderstood fitness terms so we can all understand them.
So what are macros?
Owen said: “When someone says ‘macro’, they are talking about the main composition of a meal or your diet. The three macronutrients are carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and are called macros because unlike vitamins and minerals which occur in tiny amounts (micronutrients), they are found in larger quantities.
“If someone asks you about your macros, they are asking what percentage of your food comes from each of these groups – e.g. 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat.”
The second most searched fitness term was HIIT, aka high-intensity interval training with 29,610 Google seraches for the fitness method every month.
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Owen says: “HIIT training is a style of training where, after an appropriate warmup, you exercise for short intervals of maximum effort followed by a (usually) longer rest period. One example of this would be 30 seconds ‘on’ and then 1 minute ‘off’.
“If you train with intervals of higher intensity but not absolute pedal to the metal intensity, then you are using Interval training, not HIIT – it needs to be maximal effort. Due to its intensity, HIIT sessions usually last no longer than 20-30 minutes.”