Originally Posted by RENOAK
If you want some informative reading on diet, training and the body, visit bodyrecomposition.com.
First and foremost is protein. If you don't get enough protein, you risk losing lean body mass instead of fat and nobody wants that!
It can be hard to eat all that protein, which is why I keep protein powders on hand, although it is best to get it from real food.
Yes, Omega-3's are very important!
Most fibrous vegetables have few digestible carbs so eating plenty of veggies should not increase your carb intake too much. Just stay away from the "starchy" carbs (peas, carrots, corn, potatoes).
FitDay is a great tool to make sure you are getting your macros right once you know what is right for you, and bodyrecomposition.com can help you figure that out.
ditto on bodyrecomposition.com. It is perhaps the most erudite nutritional and fitness resource on the web - lyle mcdonald chairman of the board
It is a bit techie, but you can go as deep as you like or need to.
Funny, I am also finding my macros tend towards the zone, when attempting to:
1) average 1 gm protein per pound
2) average 500 cal daily deficit
I'm shocked no none has mentioned low or zero fat cottege cheese specifically
That is a mainstay for me. I mix it with a bit of fruit and/or yogurt for dessert,
pink salmon for a meal, and diced veggies for a side dish. It's a good 16g protein and 100 cals.
The pink salmon I use is tuna style, which is extra low-fat. Also a mild taste.
Less rank than tuna.
Tilapia is cheap - but it's also really high in omega-6 relative to 3. If you're trying to get o-3 from fish, not a great choice. But if you like it, sure why not.
Ditto everyone on lean turkey, turkey, chicken breast. Zero fat cheese on fibre crackers.
I don't avoid any food completely, just moderate. Rice, beans, potatoes, corn are ok by me. Certain days, workout days I do take in more carbs than others, but overall averaging the zone.
Cheers and good luck!
P.S. there is nothing magic about different macro ratios. Greater than average protein ratio tends to fill you up more, and is usually harder to eat than carbs so more satisfying. There is more energy cost to digest per gram though not a major factor.