Food for Thought: Macros dieting

Deciding what diet to choose is sometimes as hard as dieting itself. The latest diet craze is called "flexible dieting."

Deciding what diet to choose is sometimes as hard as dieting itself. The latest diet craze is called “flexible dieting.”

Deciding what diet to choose is sometimes as hard as dieting itself. The latest diet craze is called “flexible dieting.” (10/25/15)

Deciding what diet to choose is sometimes as hard as dieting itself. The latest diet craze is called "flexible dieting."

Dr. Tonya Hunt, a registered dietitian at St. Barnabas Hospital, says macros dieting, or flexible dieting, has been around for years. The body-building community has made use of it for years, but it is now becoming mainstream.

Macros is based on a 2,000-calorie diet, with the breakdown of 40, 40 and 20 used most commonly. This breakdown involves 200 grams of carbohydrates, 200 grams of protein and 40 grams of fat.

A lot of planning is involved with this diet. Dr. Hunt suggests using a food scale to measure the amount of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in your diet. She also suggests keeping a food journal, writing down the amount of proteins, carbohydrates and fats that are in your diet.

An example of a healthy snack on the macros diet is Greek yogurt because it doesn't have a lot of sugars, according to Dr. Hunt. To boost the nutritional value, Dr. Hunt suggests adding flaxseed, which helps lower cholesterol because of its fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Dr. Hunt says although a good amount of planning is involved with the macros diet, it is beneficial in the long run.

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