Calories are units for energy. When we count calories throughout our day, we are essentially counting the energy we get from the food we eat. So if we consume 2,000 calories during a day, we can look at that as consuming 2,000 units of energy.
Macros are similar to calories because they are also measurable units of energy that we get from food. But more specifically, macros, or macronutrients, are the three foundational nutrients of dietary health: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
Long story short the idea of counting macros originated with a group of bodybuilders who were tired of the strict limitations that came with crash diets and counting calories. Since then, macros have made their way into mainstream health conversations through popular diets like keto.
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