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Nutritional basics- April nutrition

When researching, learning, and building your own plan with nutrition you are going to run into a ton of terms that you may not know the meaning of. This can be really confusing. With that being said, I am going to go over a few of these terms to help you out on your nutrition journey.

Base metabolic rate is basically the calories your body need to “be alive” meaning to perform all the basic functions for life not including the exercise you do. For an extremely simplified way to figure this out is to take your body weight (in lbs) x 10. This isn’t exact by any means, but it does give you a place to start when you are planning for our calorie goals.

Carbs- carbohydrates, these are basic compounds comprised of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen. These are converted to sugar by your body and used for energy. Carbs are found in a wide variety of foods. They aren’t inherently bad, but if your body has an excess it will store the extra rather than letting it leave the body.

Proteins are part of the development growth and repair of body tissues. They are most commonly found in meats, but can be found in some grains, beans, and meat alternatives.

Macronutrient compounds that have a high caloric value that the body has a large daily need for. Carbs, proteins and fats are some examples

Micronutrient nutritional items that the body doesn’t have a high need (amount needed) such as vitamins and minerals.

This is just a small part of the information that you will be running into but I hope this at least give you a little place to start.

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