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Macronutrients vs. Micronutrients

Discussion in 'Advanced Weight Loss' started by bwcraig, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. bwcraig

    bwcraig New Member

    May 24, 2010
    Hey everyone. I was recently posting on another board (shame on me) and these people were saying that it is "wrong" and "ignorant" to focus on Macro nutrients Protein/Complex Carbs/Fats. And that I need to be focusing on Micronutrients to lose weight.. like minerals/vitamins etc. Their diets almost consisted soley of things like carrot juice, fruits, spinache, broccoli, all kinds of beans, etc. THey said that I wasn't eating enough veggies and I felt like I was a failure for it. I mean should I be counting my Protein/Carbs/Fats? Or just eat a load of vitamins from veggies? That sounded so stupid to me. They said that I probably got my 40% protein/ 40% carbs/ 20% fat from a workout sight and that those sites are all lies etc. :( Are they right? I am very confused now.
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  3. bwcraig

    bwcraig New Member

    May 24, 2010
    Here is what I do/eat.

    3 whole eggs/2 egg whites (5 total)
    tablespoon of canola oil.
    1 cup of nonfat milk.

    Almonds for snack, non salted bout 30 of them I would say.

    Whole Grain wheat 2 slices, with 1 tablespoon peanutbutter
    1 cup of nonfat milk.

    3 cups of steamed veggies, Broccoli/Califlower.
    1 cup of black beans

    6 slices of smoked turkey breast, 2 slices whole grain wheat, 1 tablespoon mayo, mustard.
    1 cup nonfat milk.

    Workout: run for 4 miles on the elliptical. On M I do biceps/triceps and run 4 miles. Tuesday I do my situps on exercise ball, 10x30 benchpresses. Wednesday I do 4 miles on ellipt and do leg machines for working out legs. Thursday I do back/shoulders. Friday I do 4 miles on elliptical.

    Post workout: 2 scoops of whey protein/ 2 cups nonfat milk/ 1 banana.

    Later on in the day if I'm still hungry I eat 1 cup nonfat cottage cheese.
  4. KaraCooks

    KaraCooks Senior

    May 12, 2009
    Whoever gave you that advice doesn't know what they're talking about.

    BOTH sets of nutrients are important. Anyone who tells you to ignore one over the other is simply full of BS.

    Macro nutrients are important when you're losing weight for making sure that you're getting enough protein to sustain muscle and making sure you're getting enough healthy fats to allow you to process all those micronutrients.

    Micronutrients, obviously, are the components of the macros ... and you want to make sure you get sufficient quantities of those vitamins and minerals that are crucial to being healthy.

    What you eat looks ok, although I'll agree that it's a bit low in veggie/fruit. You get the bulk of your veggies during your middle meal and, while there's nothing wrong with broc and cauli, you do need more variety. One of the "tricks" to making sure you get enough variety in your micronutrients is to eat as many different colors of veggies as you can. Add in some tomatoes, some carrots, some squashes, etc. Also don't be afraid to add some fruit in there - there is nothing wrong with fruit as long as you eat it in moderation.

    For example, I'd suggest:
    Next time you make your eggs, make an omelet and add some chopped frozen spinach and some diced tomatoes.

    Have an apple with your peanutbutter sandwich.

    Add some diced summer squash or butternut squash to your steamed veggies.

    With your turkey sandwich, throw on some slices of cucumber and tomato. Or add some pickles.

    Add some frozen blueberries or strawberries to your cottage cheese for your final snack.

    Over the course of the day you're talking about maybe another 100 to 150 calories from those things but nearly tripling the amount of nutrients you're getting.

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