A balanced diet is essential for your well-being and overall health but achieving an optimal balance can be challenging.

There are three ways in which you can balance your macros, which are the three primary food categories consisting of protein, carbs and fat. You can either distribute them through percentages; drop the fat and increase your carbs or drop the carbs and increase your protein and fat intake. Each of these methods has its own set of pros and cons, so here is a breakdown of each so you have a better understanding.

Balancing through a percentage method is a reasonable approach in which you can implement a caloric breakdown consisting of 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat. You will still get a decent carb intake and your protein will be higher as well, meaning your muscles will have protection as you drop body fat. The con is that both your fat and carb intake will be high, so you would need to be careful that your total caloric intake does not exceed what you burn off so that you don’t run into any problems.

If your goal is to eliminate body fat, you need to reduce your calorie intake and the easiest way to accomplish this is by lowering fat because that has the highest caloric density.

Dropping your carb intake is usually the most effective approach if fat loss is what you’re after because carbs are the primary energy source for the body. When carbs are removed your body will use fat stores as energy. Lowering your carb intake too low can negatively affect energy levels.

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