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Old 07-21-2010, 08:35 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Default Try different percentages, see how your body responds

Originally Posted by mkgbts View Post
Thank you both!

How many grams of carbs/protein/fat should I be getting a day?
I will aim for 1500 calories on work out days and 1300 on off days - but I want to make sure I am getting the correct percentages. Thanks!

Different ratios work for different people. What I tell people is figure out a menu for each ratio type (carb-protein-fat 40-40-20, 50-30-20, 20-30-50, or whatever else you might want to try), then take 2 weeks for each ratio to see how your body responds. Pay attention to things like bloat, GI regularity, sleep quality, productivity, and mood in addition to scale weight. You'll know when you've got a winner.

In general, on workout days you'll want to get more protein and eat the bulk of your carbs after you've done your workout. This will make sure that your body uses these resources to recover from the workout rather than to just burn at your base rate and store the rest.

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