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Macronutrient Ratios

by 20 · December 08, 2011 at 09:14 AM

How important are they?

Any agreement here on optimal general parameters?

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1602 · December 08, 2011 at 09:14 AM

As long as protein meets requirements then I don't think macronutrients matter much; I think VLC or VLF aren't the best way to go.

Myself, I eat around 60% fat, 20% carbs and 20% protein but it can vary.

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10361 · December 08, 2011 at 05:53 AM

I second what Nance said. Most people on the Paleo diet tend to go high fat, moderate protein, and low carb. You'll hear that protein/fat is good for satiety, carbs are saved mostly post-workout and that you don't need to get glucose through your diet (i.e. carbs). Personally for me, I find my daily macros are anywhere from 50-70% fat, 20-40% protein, and 0-10% carbs. Most of my fat comes from animal fat, coconut oil, butter and avocados. I'll have a small side of vegetables at each meal. It really depends on what your goal is. Fat loss? Do low carb so your body goes into ketosis. You wanna gain mass or you're an endurance athlete? Increase your carbs. But there's a whole lot more at stake than protein, fat and carbs. There are so many other factors (controllable and uncontrollable alike) that play a role in how your body utilizes what you consume. It's been said countless times: everyone is different. You gotta find what works for you, what makes you feel good, and what will get you to your goal.

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981 · November 24, 2011 at 04:42 AM

50% fat, 40% protein, 10% carbs...that's about how i live.

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37013 · November 24, 2011 at 01:19 AM

Well, we all seem to agree you need adequate protein, we all seem to agree that fat is great and many/most feel you need at least minimal carbs.

Without working at it, every time I think back to how I've eaten in the most recent few days, I find my food volume is about 1/3 meat and 2/3 plant-based. However, that's because I usually make a large leaf lettuce/celery/cuke salad. Cooked veggies are less than the meat portion.

Overall, I probably eat 4-8 oz. of meat plus a cup of yogurt, a cup or so of cooked veggies, the salad and a cup or so of fruit.

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