Q & A
WHAT ARE MACROS?
The word “macros” is short for macronutrients. There are three main macronutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Alcohol is a fourth macronutrient, but is not a main focus since it is not an essential part of nutrition.
PROTEIN | Protein plays a crucial role in building, maintaining, and repairing tissues in your body. It helps produce enzymes, hormones, and antibodies that aid in your body's immune process. Meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and supplemental protein powders are all great sources of protein. There are 4 calories per gram of protein.
CARBOHYDRATE | Carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy. Fruits, vegetables, bread, pasta, candy, and cookies are all sources of carbohydrates. If you are an active individual, carbs are especially important to keep you fueled and energized. There are 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate.
FAT | Fats, found in foods such as oils, nuts, and meats, are an essential part of our diet. They help regulate hormones, absorb vitamins, and can act as an additional energy source. There are 9 calories per gram of fat.
ALCOHOL | Although alcohol is a nonessential nutrient, it does contain calories. There are 7 calories per gram of alcohol.
All calories come from the four macronutrients described above. While just counting calories can be an effective form of weight loss, ensuring balance across all of your macronutrients allows you to optimize your body composition and feel your best while focusing on fat loss rather than just weight loss.
HOW IS Flexible Nutrition DIFFERENT THAN ANOTHER DIET?
While Flexible Nutrition is indeed a diet, it is based on breaking the traditional “diet mentality” of needing to restrict yourself from the foods you enjoy in order to work towards your goals. There are no “good” or “bad” foods, “clean” meals and “cheat” meals, and no strict rules to follow. Flexible Nutrition allows you to eat the foods you want when you want them and helps you focus on building healthy habits as you do so.
IS Flexible Nutrition RIGHT FOR ME?
We do not believe in a one size fits all dietary approach. While Flexible Nutrition can be effective for everyone, it may not be the right approach for you and your lifestyle and that is ok! It is a great option if you have specific goals and can put in the appropriate amount of time and effort in working towards those goals. We have worked with individuals of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds who have seen incredible changes through Flexible Nutrition - from busy moms and working professionals to active students and elite athletes. . If you’re not sure if tracking your macros fits with your lifestyle, it may be best to start with a One Time Nutrition Consult and slow roll your way into the tracking process while still working towards your goals.
DO YOU ONLY HELP PEOPLE LOSE WEIGHT?
Absolutely not! Flexible Nutrition is a great strategy for any goal you are working towards. Maybe you are trying to gain muscle mass, maintain your weight and improve your daily energy, or focus more on performance-oriented goals. Flexible Nutrition will help you understand the appropriate amount to eat for those specific goals.
DOES Flexible Nutrition MEAN I GET TO EAT JUNK FOOD ALL THE TIME?
Definitely not! The idea behind Flexible Nutrition is that we step away from the idea of restricting ourselves of “bad” foods and stick to only “clean” foods. That mentality rarely produces sustainable results. If you want a treat, a dessert, or a meal out, you can have it as long as you make it work within your macro goals! But eating only calorie-dense junk will probably not help you feel your best, and we don’t want that!