What is macronutrient balance, why should you care, and what does this all have to do with your gastric balloon? Well, let’s start with a simpler question. What are macronutrients?
Simply stated, macronutrients are the things we eat the most. They are the major (macro) food categories, the kinds of foods from which we get most of our calories, namely protein, fat and carbohydrates. Some people include water in the list.
In contrast, micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, are the substances that our bodies need, but in much smaller (micro) amounts. As an aside, the practice of balancing macronutrients could well be the source of the term “a balanced diet”. Without properly balancing our nutritional intake, we can be inhibiting ourselves from losing weight and meeting our weight loss goals. So, how does all of this affect my weight loss balloon?
How Do Macronutrients Affect my Weight Loss?
A diet that is wildly imbalanced in macronutrients can make your appetite fluctuate, causing overeating or binge eating, leading to weight gain and an increased body mass index. For example, if you’re not getting enough of one macronutrient, your body might literally be starving on a nutritional level, regardless of how many calories you are consuming, and will “force” you to eat by making you hungry all the time in an attempt to get what it needs.
While a significant imbalance in macronutrients increases the risk of chronic disease, there is no general rule for what the proper macronutrient balance is. Bodies are different, and people’s goals are different. A body-builder who is working on an intense diet and exercise program, for example, might aim for 40-60% of the diet from carbs, while a person trying to shed body fat might reduce carbs to 10-20% of the total food she eats in a day, compensating by eating more protein.
One guideline is that in no case should protein be less than 25% of your daily intake and fat should never go below 15% of your total calories. That’s because normal hormone production relies on adequate fat in the diet. Instead of getting your fat from a pint of ice cream, stick to healthier sources of dietary fat such as olives, olive oil, salmon, grass-fed beef, ground flax seeds, tofu, edamame, beans, and walnuts.
Some people advise that your ideal macronutrient balance should also take into account your body type and body weight – more on that in a future post.
Macronutrients and my Spatz3 Weight Loss Solution:
At Spatz, we believe in a holistic approach to our weight loss program with your gastric balloon. While the Spatz3 is the most effective intragastric balloon providing the highest weight loss results on the market, you need to work in conjunction with your balloon to receive optimal results. By keeping track of nutritional factors such as Macronutrients, you will be one step closer to reaching your goals. The balloon procedure alone won’t accomplish your goals; by using the balloon to better understand your body, you will be on your way to meeting all your weight loss goals. You’ve got this!