What are macronutrients and should I count them?

The three main macronutrients (also known as ‘macros’) are: protein, fat and carbohydrates and the suggested ratio, in a ketogenic diet is:

  • 60-75% of calories from fat (or more)

  • 15-30% of calories from protein, and

  • 5-10% of calories from carbohydrates

While this may seem odd at first, once you get the hang of it most people don’t need to ‘track’ their macros as their body adjust and you develop a feel for it. If you do track your macros, think in grams, not percentages. Also, don’t stress if you’re a bit off your ideal macros. A difference of 5g of fat or protein (up or down) shouldn’t put you out of ketosis as long as you keep off the carbs.

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