92- All About The Macros with Allison Jackson

92- All About The Macros with Allison Jackson

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

November 14, 2019

The macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and fats) make up the bulk on the foods that we eat, which is why they are the largest (or macro) nutrients.

With macros, you can make a lot of different adjustments based on your goals. When I say goals, it could be a wide range of things, such as losing weight, or bulking up.

So when it comes to the macros, are there specific ratios that are more ideal for weight loss or weight gain?


How To Adjust Macros To Meet Your Goals

Macros are the easiest nutrient to change to make big results in the body. And the amount that you consume will play a role in your gains and losses.

Once you dial in a macro ratio that works well for your body, then you'll want to adjust quantities.

The ways you do this will all be explained in this podcast episode with Allison Jackson. She also teaches what some meals might look like to get the macros in certain ratios.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • How can macros influence your body composition
  • What macro ratio is ideal for weight loss
  • What you should do if you reach a plateau on your weight loss journey
  • Different meal ideas and what your plate would look like


  • [2:15] What is Allison Jackson's process for getting ready for figure competitions
  • [3:15] Allison helps others to reach their body goals
  • [4:15] Nutrition is more important to lose the weight than the fitness aspect
  • [5:00] Why is it important to focus on your macronutrient ratios
  • [5:45] Is the 40/40/20 ratio of macronutrients the ideal ratio for weight loss
  • [6:15] Can you consume too much protein and have it damage your kidneys
  • [6:45] Do you change your protein amounts during your building phase or leaning phase
  • [7:15] Does Allison focus on quality of food, or just the macros
  • [8:30] When you get really lean, what happens to the functionality of the body
  • [9:30] At your leanest stage, how well does your brain function
  • [10:45] What are some good ways to track your food and macros
  • [12:15] How accurate is calorie/macro tracking
  • [13:00] When switching between building and leaning phases, Allison changes her macros which will change her calorie count
  • [13:30] Sometimes people reach a plateau and stops losing weight, what can cause this
  • [16:15] How can people continue to stay on their plan while they have work events or when life gets in the way
  • [18:00] What are some of your meal prep meals do you like to make
  • [18:45] Do you have specific meals or macros that you try to get in around exercise
  • [19:30] What are Allison Jackson's most effective workouts she does during the lean out phase
  • [20:30] Women can be afraid to "bulk up" too much, what do you say to that
  • [21:15] What would be an example of a dinner plate following a 40/40/20 macro ratio

Resources From This Episode

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Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Allison Jackson

Allison Jackson teaches how to adjust macros for weight loss.

Allison Jackson teaches how to adjust macros for weight loss.

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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