Macronutrients - Daily calorie breakdown


The total amount of fats, proteins and carbohydrates consumed in the day through food represents the daily caloric intake of a subject.

As far as the daily energy distribution is concerned, the following subdivision is recommended, in order to have a balanced diet:

  • 45-60% carbohydrates, preferring complex carbohydrates, preferably wholemeal richer in fiber, vitamins and minerals;
  • 20-35% lipids, of which more than 50% represented by monounsaturated fats or given by olive oil, the protagonist of the Mediterranean diet;

  • 10-20% protein for a healthy sedentary/mildly active individual.