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Protein turned into glucose?

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I am on low carb >30 grams a day in order to make my body burn fat efficiently. I'm trying to lose 15 pounds, and have heard being aware of calories and being low carb makes for the best weight loss situation, but I've also heard though that too much protein can be converted into glucose just like carbs, and it's better to have more fat. I'm not a huge fan of having avocado everyday because I get sick of them easily, and I'm keeping nuts for a maintenance phase, so I'm not sure if my ratios are good. How much protein and fat should I be shooting for every day? Here is an example of my day:

Breakfast: 2 Eggs with a grass fed ground beef patty (1/4 a lb) and some spinach with small spoon of butter (probs half a T)

(I don't eat lunch, but have an early dinner)

Dinner: A bed of kale with a T of butter with ground beef, or some kelp noodles with ground beef and marinara sauce, or a meat veggie soup, or a steak salad, or chicken and a salad are typical options.

Do my protein to fat ratios look good? 5'1 131 lbs, looking to lose 15 pounds again

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65
0 · October 07, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Okay thank you so much!!! You have been so much help. I will do that. What is total body resistance training?

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0 · October 07, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Try total body resistance training 3X per week and HIIT 2X a week. Here's my anecdotes: As you push your body, it will adapt to the demands placed upon it (dietary or exercise). If the HIIT session is blasting you, dial it back just a notch. It will still provide more benefit than the other. If you simply walk for 20 minutes your body will adapt to get really good at walking for twenty minutes. The ideal muscles and energy pathways required for running fast and picking up heavy stuff are different than the ones for walking. You want the body of a sprinter not a marathoner right?

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0 · October 07, 2012 at 3:39 AM

it's just HIIT REALLY tires me out, and i'm trying not to have carbs, so it really makes me weak overall, and I feel better exercising everyday than doing only HIIT every other day, but I'm currently not doing any resistance training besides wallups and some situps...

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0 · October 07, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Do more of the HIIT than the walking. What form of resistance training are you doing?

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0 · October 06, 2012 at 9:50 PM

thank you for your comment!! That's what I was thinking.. why add copious amounts of fat? Like you, i think i'm more satisfied with protein and smaller amounts of fat. Especially since I think you get more for your calories worth where any fat is 100-120 calories a T! I plan on adding some starchy carbs (1-2 potatoes a day at dinner) once I get my body back. I have a goal date in mind and don't want anything slowing me down. Thank you!!

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0 · October 06, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Thank you!! I would love to just have lower body fat like you say, and am hoping eating this way will help me get there! I sleep gererally well, 6-7-8 hours a night. And I'm trying to get back into exercising more routinely again. Walking at 20% incline for 20 minutes everyday is my goal, and some HIIT at least once a week.

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5775 · October 07, 2012 at 5:18 AM

I've found that for super-active or those who really enjoy lifting heavy seem to prefer higher protein. That doesn't mean to eat low fat necessary, but I've seen better results in cycling carbs and fat based on energy needs and keeping protein pretty high. Around 35-40%, which for most males is going to put them in a near-200 grams/day range. Some will say that is sky high. Others probably eat more. It's N=1. I've also found that if I just go hog wild with fat, and it's very easy with butter, coconut oil, almond butter, nuts, etc...I tend to gain some fat.

Depends on your goals though. It really does.

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5006 · October 06, 2012 at 6:53 PM

I used to follow the 1-2g per pound of bodyweight RELIGIOUSLY for fear of losing muscle. I now consume much less with the majority of my caloric intake coming from fat. The biggest indicator of how your ratios look is to some n=1 and see what happens. Don't look at the scale, would you rather weigh 115 lbs with 25% bodyfat or 131 lbs with 15%? The scale only measures your relationship to gravity, not your relationship to health and how you look.

As an added note, the diet information alone isn't enough. How are you sleeping? What does your exercise look like?

Matt
PhysiqueRescue.com

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65
0 · October 07, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Okay thank you so much!!! You have been so much help. I will do that. What is total body resistance training?

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6
0 · October 07, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Try total body resistance training 3X per week and HIIT 2X a week. Here's my anecdotes: As you push your body, it will adapt to the demands placed upon it (dietary or exercise). If the HIIT session is blasting you, dial it back just a notch. It will still provide more benefit than the other. If you simply walk for 20 minutes your body will adapt to get really good at walking for twenty minutes. The ideal muscles and energy pathways required for running fast and picking up heavy stuff are different than the ones for walking. You want the body of a sprinter not a marathoner right?

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65
0 · October 07, 2012 at 3:39 AM

it's just HIIT REALLY tires me out, and i'm trying not to have carbs, so it really makes me weak overall, and I feel better exercising everyday than doing only HIIT every other day, but I'm currently not doing any resistance training besides wallups and some situps...

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6
0 · October 07, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Do more of the HIIT than the walking. What form of resistance training are you doing?

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65
0 · October 06, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Thank you!! I would love to just have lower body fat like you say, and am hoping eating this way will help me get there! I sleep gererally well, 6-7-8 hours a night. And I'm trying to get back into exercising more routinely again. Walking at 20% incline for 20 minutes everyday is my goal, and some HIIT at least once a week.

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78417 · October 06, 2012 at 9:10 PM

1 - Adding extra fat beyond a sort of reasonable minimum needed to stop things from being dry and to help make sure you are absorbing vitamins and minerals will just slow down weight loss.

2 - Protein is more satiating then fat, for me anyway, and is usable as both fuel and building blocks. In general I opt to err on the side protein/meat rather than added fat.

3 - Adding back some starch either post work out or in the evening really helped my sleep and quality of life. I think it did slow down my weight loss a bit but not by a huge amount. Not enough to make me think of getting rid of all starchy carbs again.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65
0 · October 06, 2012 at 9:50 PM

thank you for your comment!! That's what I was thinking.. why add copious amounts of fat? Like you, i think i'm more satisfied with protein and smaller amounts of fat. Especially since I think you get more for your calories worth where any fat is 100-120 calories a T! I plan on adding some starchy carbs (1-2 potatoes a day at dinner) once I get my body back. I have a goal date in mind and don't want anything slowing me down. Thank you!!

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