Fri, February 6th, 2004, 08:08 PM
Is there a special reason why you need to eat in 40/40/20 ratio when you're lifting? I'm already eating over 100 grams of protein a day. Isn't that enough?
Sorry if I sound whiny today. The weather sucks and this "eating clean" is new to me:)
Fri, February 6th, 2004, 10:12 PM
i dont split mine like that.. i dont know why people bother.
it's not necessarily the amount.. its when they are consumed that really matters.
i have just over 200+ protein a day.. and just under 180 carbs a day.. the rest is fat
Fri, February 6th, 2004, 10:26 PM
Since jono really didn't address your quesion, I will.
The idea is to be sure you get alot of protein, very little fat, and enough carbs to provide quality energy.
you will see that it is very difficult to get protein with out fat, so that is why it is good to track your diet and aim for the 40/40/20 ratio.
the amount you eat is dependent on your lean body weight and goals.
if you are trying to build muscle you should be eating about 20 calories, and 1.5-2 grams of protein per pound of lean body weight; So you can kind of see the ratio starts right there; 2 grams of protein = 8 calories, and that is 40% of 20 calories.
if you are trying to lose fat, (or cut) it is even more important to keep protein intake high (to maintain your muscle).
you can reduce fat and carbs, but protein should stay where it is for bulking... for cutting aim for 50% protein and about 12 calories per pound of lean mass.
So either way, if you are currently only eating 100 grams, that probably isn't enough.
I am currently trying to bulk, my lean mass is about 150 pounds, so I eat ~3000 calories per day. I am not worred about carbs, so I am aiming for 30/50/20 - 30% of 3000 is about 220 grams of protein.
It is a struggle each day to get my protein and keep my fat low.
I typically end up with 20-23% fat. :rolleyes:
I hope that helps :gl: