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Macro, Keto, Paleo Explained

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In May, we spent the month learning to build meals that contained whole foods by adhering to the Whole30 diet. This brought to the forefront the idea of meal prepping, shopping locally (and on the perimeter of the store) and building meals out of fresh and non-processed ingredients.  Now that Whole30 is over and we have a sense of how to eat properly, we are tightening up our nutrition lifestyles by offering the following in workshops: macro, keto and paleo.

AWESOME! But what do they even mean? Here’s a brief overview:

Macro: Food is broken down into macro nutrients: protein, fat and carbs.  These macros compose every meal that you eat and can be quantified to produce a desired goal or outcome. Ever hear of counting your macros? When someone “counts” their macros, they eat a certain amount of proteins, fats and carbs per day to reach their goal.  The goal can be weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain, etc… Macro counting involves weighing and measuring your food before you eat it.

Keto: The keto diet (aka Bill$ special) is a low carb, high fat diet where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. Typically, we use glucose as our main source of energy (which we get from carbs). Because we are using glucose and not fat, the body stores the fat.  However, in the keto diet, we use fat as the primary source of energy as opposed to storing it.

Paleo: Similar to Whole30, the Paleo diet is designed to reduce gut inflammation and promote foods that are naturally occurring in nature. Paleo removes dairy, legumes and starchy carbs from our meals.

So which “diet” is better? Let’s first rename them as “lifestyles” since you really do need to adopt and adapt to a new lifestyle in nutrition. All of these lifestyles work if you put the hard work into adhering to them.  Also take into consideration your day-to-day. Choose a lifestyle that is going to compliment your daily routine and set you up for success. Any questions? ASK!