Go Back   FitDay Discussion Boards > WEIGHT LOSS > Weight Loss Tips
Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-27-2011, 03:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
FitDay Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4
Default More fat or carbs??? So confused!!

Hello…I recently put myself back on a strict diet to lose the 75 lbs I have gained over the past 4 years. I am determined to lose at least 60 lbs before Christmas. I have been doing great so far averaging about a pound per day, it’s only been 7 days but we all start somewhere, right? I know most of it is water weight and the next week or so will be the real weight loss. I have started exercising daily by walking (only at one mile in 20 min, need to work my way up), rowing machine and trying to figure out how to use that dame ball without falling off, I have no time for the gym so I have to make due while I am at home. But I am really confused which better to take in more of carbs or fat? Which burns faster? Right now I average an intake of roughly 800 calories depending on the day sometimes more sometimes less, around 70 – 75 grams carbs (which is little compared to old behavior, but still too many) , and fat between 20 – 27 grams depending on the day. Should I be taking in more fat then carbs to burn off the weight? I am not looking for a slow process diet, I want it over!! I know it’s not the “healthy” way but I am not starving myself or fasting so how unhealthy can it be? So if anyone can help me out with the carb to fat ratio, I would be so grateful, I have gone on so many websites researching that I am more confused then ever.
jen39376 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2011, 03:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
FitDay Member
 
handcycle2005's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Turlock, Ca
Posts: 301
Default

Be aware you do not burn ingested fat. All fat burning is done from bodily stores.

You need carbs to support not only exercise but your brain cannot use fat for fuel, it must have glycogen.

Low fat intake is good but you need some not only for saitety but also the fat soluble vitamins and omega-3 fats.
__________________
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift."
Steve Prefontaine
handcycle2005 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2011, 09:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
FitDay Member
 
mecompco's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 2,620
Default

I like a 40/30/30 carb/fat/protein mix, personally. It's worked pretty well for me. I've done the "fast" weight loss thing before, more than once. You can do it. Whether it will stay off or not is up to you.

Regards,
Michael

PS Welcome to the forums!
__________________
47 M 5'8"

May 4, 2010...... 440? lbs. (Start FitDay Size 60 Jeans)
June 19, 2010.... 393 lbs. (First Weigh-in)
June 19, 2011.... 229 lbs. (164 lbs. gone in one year :-)
Current Weight... 185 lbs. (Size 36 Jeans)

Next Goal 169 lbs. (07/04/12)
Ultimate Goal 165 lbs. (12/31/12)

The best exercises for weight loss are Fork Putdowns and Table Pushaways.

mecompco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2011, 02:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
FitDay Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4
Default

Mcompco....thank you for your reply...what did you eat to balance out that mixture? I am having a hard time trying to balance everything
jen39376 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2011, 08:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
FitDay Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Westminster, CO
Posts: 965
Default

I agree with Michaels 40/30/30 recommendation. While you originally posted about fats and carbs I believe that most people (and especially women) don't get enough protein.

When you sustain a calorie deficit (also known as dieting) your body burns stored fat but it also converts muscle to fuel for your body. Adequate protein helps minimize the muscle loss.

I personally don't worry about the ratio of fat to carbs figuring if the Protein is right and the calorie intake is on target then I will lose the fat and not muscle. My problem is portion control and keeping the calorie deficit where it needs to be.

I won't lecture you about healthy weight loss (I figure you're an adult and can decide for yourself) but just be aware that you may not be able to maintain your current rate long term. If you find yourself stalling out you may want to try to reset your metabolism by increasing your calories for a short while. Good luck on your goals.
__________________
Ron

Male, Age 53 Height 5'-11"
Start, Spring 2009....,.. 270.0 lbs
January 21, 2010. ....,...255.0 lbs (Joined Fitday)
September 10, 2010..,..223.8 lbs. (-46.2lbs)
Mini-Goal......................225 Achieved 9/21/2012
Mini-Goal......................220 Achieved 10/26/2012
Current.........................216.2 lbs. (-53.8 lbs)
Mini-Goal.......................215
Goal..............................200



My log: http://www.fitday.com/fitness/Public...Owner=rpmcduff
rpmcduff is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
macronutrients

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2