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Calorie Calculator - Macro nutrients
How much carbs, protein, and fat should you be eating each day?
Results show exact number of Calorie and grams required for each nutrient.
Nutrient Calculator - What Does It Do?
If you have figured out your ideal daily calorie intake, the Nutrient Calculator helps you convert this into grams of food.
Food can be grouped into Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats. Various diets propose different ratios for these 'macro-nutrients'.
Some popular diets with specific nutrient ratios.
Figuring Out the Macro-nutrients in Food
Packaged foods have nutritional information posted on them, but fresh foods have to be figured out manually. However, there are a few great tools that do all the work for you.
Do Macro-Nutrients Matter?
There is a difference of opinion on this. Some feel that only calories count, whilst others argue that distribution of nutrients is what is important.
However, evidence would suggest that the health of a person is affected if too many calories are coming from bad fats or refined carbs. This is the premise behind Gary Taubes' book, Good Calories, Bad Calories.The reality is - you must find what works for you - and to do this you have to start somewhere! If it doesn't work - try something else.
Tom Venuto's ebook Burn The Fat has a considerable section about macro nutrient ratios and calories. His opinion is that extremes (such as very low carb, and very low fat, are only appropriate for a small section of the population).
Getting It In Context
Here's a quick look at what the gram values are for some common items: (note that we are not delving into the nutritional quality aspects here - such as sodium, calcium, breakdown of fats, ingredients etc...)
The fat in a Big Mac and Fries can contain enough fat for an entire days intake!
The bottom line is to make sure your nutrient ratios are promoting the desired weight loss and having a positive effect on your overall health.
Last updated 20 Sept. 2012