The Fit.Church eating plan is based on the three primary macronutrients; proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. In the Fit.Church Library, we detail, define and describe each of these categories. Macronutrients make up the majority of what our bodies consume, and are vital to our body's operation. Macronutrients are the building blocks to our cells, and while our bodies do need phytonutrients (micronutrients) like vitamins and minerals, the latter are needed in smaller quantities.
The Fit.Church plan suggests a breakdown of:
- 35% Protein
- 40% Carbohydrate
- 25% Fat
Many of us have been taught that our bodies are like a bank and we have been given a “one-size-fits-all” approach to meal planning using calories. At Fit.Church, we understand our bodies to be more like a chemistry set which means that each person will run best with a unique plan. Therefore, we give the above percentage breakdown as a guideline and not a hard and fast rule.
This is a guideline and not a hard and fast rule.
Why? You are unique. Becoming healthy is not a one-size-fits-all plan. So, take our guideline and make it your own. You may find that what works best is 30% or 25% protein, and 45% or even 50% carbohydrate and even as little as 20% fat. Each person must determine the breakdown that best fits their needs. We encourage you to start with our suggested breakdown for the first two weeks and then make any desired adjustments. You may also work with us through Fit.Church to make individual adjustments.
A very quick description of THE 3 Macros:
Protein: found in animal products such as meat, eggs and milk. Protein can also be found in legumes (beans), nuts and seeds. It breaks down into the building blocks that are used to create our muscles, bones etc! More info on Protein
Carbohydrate: found in many items. We most commonly think of starches like rice, potatoes or breads. In our diet, however, the large majority of our carbohydrate intake needs to come from vegetables and fruits which are much more healthy and nutritionally beneficial to our bodies. More Info on Carbs
Fat: found in seeds, nuts, oils, meats, and dairy products. In our library we go into healthy fats in detail, but we would encourage you to utilize the healthy fat that is found in avocados, nuts, and even olive oil or coconut oil. More Info about Fats
Balanced Macros VS Extreme Diets
For weight loss, all three of these macronutrients are essential. Fit.Church does not encourage a non-fat or extremely low-fat diet, nor does it encourage an extremely low or no-carbohydrate diet. While there may be some specialized circumstances where your doctor may have you on such a diet (we would always defer to your family doctor,) such extremes should only be utilized when your doctor can give you medically sound reasons for why such extremes is essential for your health.