Nutrition

Portion Control & Macronutrient Balance

Why it Matters

Macronutrient balance is important because each type of macronutrient is necessary for different processes in the body. Macronutrients are comprised of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. The balance and amount of these macronutrients can have an impact on health.

Carbohydrates act as a source of fuel for the body, as glucose is broken down to provide energy. Carbohydrates are high in fiber, which has been linked to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Fats help to absorb certain nutrients, maintain a healthy immune system, and support hormone production. Certain types of fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, have been found to support brain development, including memory and cognitive function.

Protein is high in amino acids which are used to build and repair muscles, red blood cells and enzymes.

Putting into Practice

* Include the correct ratio for your body type of carbohydrates fats, and protein

* Be mindful of overconsuming animal protein, think of this as a “condiment” on your plate

* Carbohydrate portions should be no larger than your fist, and the rest of the plate should be plants

Take away

Due to restaurants overserving quantities of macronutrients, some of us have lost touch with what a correct portion looks like. Being mindful of the distribution of each macronutrient on the plate during meals is important.