frequently asked questions


The word “macros” is short for macronutrients. There are three main macronutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Alcohol is a fourth macronutrient, but is not a main focus since it is not an essential part of nutrition.

PROTEIN |  Protein plays a crucial role in building, maintaining, and repairing tissues in your body. It helps produce enzymes, hormones, and antibodies that aid in your body's immune process. Meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and supplemental protein powders are all great sources of protein. There are 4 calories per gram of protein.

CARBOHYDRATE |  Carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy. Fruits, vegetables, bread, pasta, candy, and cookies are all sources of carbohydrates. If you are an active individual, carbs are especially important to keep you fueled and energized. There are 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate.

FAT |  Fats, found in foods such as oils, nuts, and meats, are an essential part of our diet. They help regulate hormones, absorb vitamins, and can act as an additional energy source. There are 9 calories per gram of fat.

All calories come from the three macronutrients described above. While just counting calories can be an effective form of weight loss, ensuring balance across all of your macronutrients allows you to optimize your body composition and feel your best while focusing on fat loss rather than just weight loss.

Macro counting breaks the traditional “diet mentality” of needing to restrict yourself from the foods you enjoy in order to work towards your goals. There are no “good” or “bad” foods, “clean” meals and “cheat” meals,  and no strict rules to follow. it gives you the flexibility and allows you to eat the foods you want when you want them and helps you focus on building healthy habits as you do so.

I do not believe in a one size fits all dietary approach. While macro counting can be effective for everyone, it may not be the right approach for you and your lifestyle and that is ok! It is a great option if you have specific goals and can put in the appropriate amount of time and effort in working towards those goals. I have worked with individuals of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds who have seen incredible changes through macro counting - from busy moms and working professionals to competing athletes.

Absolutely not! Macro counting is a great strategy for any goal you are working towards. Whether you are trying to gain muscle mass, maintain your weight and improve your daily energy, improve your relationship with food after years of chronic dieting, or focus more on performance-oriented goals. Macro counting helps you understand the appropriate amount to eat for those specific goals and I've worked with a diverse array of clients with many backgrounds and many goals.

The idea behind macro counting is that we step away from the idea of restricting ourselves of “bad” foods and stick to only “clean” foods, and this allows us to fit in our favorite comfort foods and treats if we want them. However, this does not mean macro counting means fitting as much junk food in your macros. There must be a balance in your diet!

Though I believe my $125/month charge is inexpensive already, the other benefit of purchasing my nutrition coaching is I tell you exactly what to buy at the grocery store so you aren't stuck there guessing or spending more money on foods you don't need. My clients are actually saving more money on their weekly groceries.

Nope! I've worked with clients and have clients from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany and more. 



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Larsa Icho is not a licensed medical doctor or dietitian, and does not claim services will cure any diseases or related health problems; all nutritional advice should not be taken as such. Lifestyle with Larsa is in no way prescribing or requiring you to follow any nutritional recommendations. 

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