Macronutrients July 15, 2016 by Clint Copulos Along with being a vice president and asset manager for KBS, Clint Copulos serves as a spokesperson for the KBS Health and Wellness Program. Clint was involved with collegiate athletics and has a passion for exercise and nutrition and how that can have a positive affect on work performance. The following are a few valuable insights Clint shared recently with the KBS team. It’s All About Macronutrients Let’s talk about prioritizing nutritional value. An effective way to do this is by keeping track of macronutrients, not calories. Macronutrients are the nutritional components of a diet: protein, carbohydrate, and fat. By setting daily macronutrient goals you can be sure your daily calories come from quality sources like protein and “essential” fats, not carbohydrates Research suggests that eating 1.5 g of protein per pound of bodyweight is very effective at promoting muscle growth, strength gains, and fat loss. It is difficult for the body to take protein and convert it into body fat. It’s not impossible, but out of the three macronutrients, the body has to work hardest to convert protein into body fat. Protein is a homerun! Fat is not the enemy. Eating fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat, but certain fats are better than others. Fats are the second-most critical macronutrient because they have been shown to enhance fat loss by turning on genes that increase fat burning. They also help decrease fat storage. Because they’re calorie-dense you should eat roughly 0.5 g of fat per pound of bodyweight. Carbohydrates provide few benefits other than energy. Few people realize that out of the three macronutrients, carbohydrates are the only ones that are not essential. Your body can produce enough carbohydrates, mainly in your liver, from the protein and fat you consume. This doesn’t mean that carbs are a demon, but if you are looking to make a lifestyle change, you want to focus on eating protein and healthy fats and limiting carbs to 0.75 g per pound of bodyweight. The best excuse not to go to the gym is that you just got back. Clint Copulos is a vice president and asset manager for KBS and a spokesperson for the KBS Health and Wellness Program. Clint is responsible for the asset management of numerous KBS investments located in Portland, Oregon, and Sacramento, California, in addition to acquisition and disposition activities. Mr. Copulos oversees a portfolio size of approximately 1 million square feet of office space.