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Title: PROPER BALANCE OF PROTEIN, FAT, & CARBS.

Hi!

I was just wondering what the proper balance of protein, fat, & carbs. is if I'm trying to lose body fat and achieve high definition in my upper body. I workout 7 days a week with cardio & I lift upper body weights 4 days per week. I currently consume 1500 calories per day, 30% protein, 30% healthy fat, and 40% carbs. I have seen results with this combination, but recently a trainer told me to eat 40% protein, 30% fat, & 30% carbs. The carbs seems kind of low to maintain for an extended period of time. Can anyone give me their advice? Thank You!!!
Name: Christina
Date: Jul. 24th, 2002



    Title: Re: PROPER BALANCE OF PROTEIN, FAT, & CARBS.

    I don't know what your side effects will be, but when I drop to 30% carbs, I get awful headaches and I'm honestly too fatigued to have a very productive workout. I lean out a lot faster at 30%, but it is slow and steady at 40% and I feel a lot better in the long run. Good luck!
    Name: Deborah
    Date: Aug. 2nd, 2002





      Title: Re: PROPER BALANCE OF PROTEIN, FAT, & CARBS.

      Well...it all depends on whether your goals are long term or 'short term' ..meaning...if i am cutting up for a show i will cycle my carbs all while leaving fat at a very low level around %10 of saily calories while carbs will cycle as low as %15 and as high as %60(once every 10days) and protein ranging from %30 up to %85 of daily cals. IMO..for you i would drop your fats and increase protein while leaving your cabs where they are. Fats have 9Kcal/gm while carbs and protein have 4Kcal/gm so by dropping your fats you will dropping more cals even when increasing your protein levels. Also with lower amounts of fat you can eat higher volume foods that will fill you up more.
      Name: Addy
      Date: Aug. 22nd, 2002





        Title: Re: PROPER BALANCE OF PROTEIN, FAT, & CARBS.

        Hi, I am an exercise pyhsiology major and have had many classes on nutrition. It is very harmful to your health at the physiological level to ever go below 40% of your daily intake from carbs. Going below that efects your central nervous system and many other systems in your body.
        Addy wrote:
        > Well...it all depends on whether your goals are long term or 'short term' ..meaning...if i am cutting up for a show i will cycle my carbs all while leaving fat at a very low level around %10 of saily calories while carbs will cycle as low as %15 and as high as %60(once every 10days) and protein ranging from %30 up to %85 of daily cals. IMO..for you i would drop your fats and increase protein while leaving your cabs where they are. Fats have 9Kcal/gm while carbs and protein have 4Kcal/gm so by dropping your fats you will dropping more cals even when increasing your protein levels. Also with lower amounts of fat you can eat higher volume foods that will fill you up more.

        Name: jen
        Date: Sep. 28th, 2002



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