Originally Posted by keith92833
I have a small kidney problem, so I am supposed to eat less protein. It was suggested that I eat about 60 grams of protein or less per day. If I eat that amount of protein per day, how should I break up the carbs and fat? If my weight is 170 lbs then 60 grams of protein would be about 15% of the 1700 calorie per day diet that I am on now. How should the rest be divided up?
You'll have to make up the difference in the 1700 calories somehow. The easiest way is to add fats, but you NEED veggies (carbs), too. The one thing you can't
do is be healthy on a high fat, high carb diet.
You should eat enough veggies to be satisfied (especially if the lower protein intake is making you hungry). Healthy fats--avocado, olive oil drizzled over vegetables, coconut oil--will also help you feel sated. I don't worry about percentages...I find that, if I watch the net carbs (nC), my other percentages are in line--but, I am not limiting protein.
It sounds like you are at maintenance. If you are, then you need to eat as many veggies (with healthy fats) as it takes to feel full (sated). If you start to gain weight, try eating vegetables with lower amounts of carbs. For example, 1 cup of cooked (cubed) rutabages is 11.8 nC, but 1 cup of cooked (cubed) turnips is only 4.8 nC. You don't have to give up eating, you just have to make better choices. Taking your 'normal' carb intake down by just 10 nC can keep you on a maintenance level--or help you lose weight.