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    Assessing carbohydrate requirements is a constant topic on in this forum, with much back and forth between those advocating a ketogenic approach to those embracing a much higher carb macro level. Although this is not a Paleo focused article it does provide some interesting and balanced information on body carb requirements based on your individual lifestyle and goals. As many of you know we do not technically need to eat carbohydrates as our bodies can manufacture them. Lactate and pyruvate (produced from glucose metabolism), glycerol (from fat metabolism) and some amino acids are used in this process. It’s the amino acid use that can be problematic since they have to come from somewhere. Hopefully this article will help you make an informed choice as to what will work best for you in your journey to better health and fitness.

    How Many Carbohydrates Do You Need | BodyRecomposition - The Home of Lyle McDonald
    Last edited by canuck416; 07-27-2013, 01:38 PM.
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    Great article.

    I constantly cite Lyle's stuff here as he's probably the most knowledgeable individual in the field of nutrition. If everyone would take a few hours and read all of his articles, they'll have a better understanding of nutrition than most professionals.
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    • #3
      I am currently getting half my energy calories as carbs and half as fat. At some time in the near future I will vary that ratio to see what effect it has on anything.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
        I am currently getting half my energy calories as carbs and half as fat. At some time in the near future I will vary that ratio to see what effect it has on anything.
        That's interesting eKatherine. So what are your macros including protein? Do you alter your macros depending on your training?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by jakejoh10 View Post
          Great article.

          I constantly cite Lyle's stuff here as he's probably the most knowledgeable individual in the field of nutrition. If everyone would take a few hours and read all of his articles, they'll have a better understanding of nutrition than most professionals.
          Agreed, there are some great links to previous articles in his post.
          Last edited by canuck416; 07-27-2013, 08:22 PM.
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          • #6
            I thought that was a nicely presented and very well balanced article. It's didn't have a drum to beat in terms of keto for everyone or stuffing with potatoes for everyone. It took the "It depends" route and then laid out all the possible ways that the "it depends" can play out and the different carb levels for each.

            Next time the carb wars start up around here (and you know they will), would somebody please just cite this article and stop things before they get unfriendly?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Paleobird View Post

              Next time the carb wars start up around here (and you know they will), would somebody please just cite this article and stop things before they get unfriendly?
              Hear, hear.

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              • #8
                Thank you so much for posting this. I am in the learning phase after losing a lot of weight in a pretty unhealthy way. I thought it was good at this time. This kind of info is very valuable to me.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by EggGirl View Post
                  Thank you so much for posting this. I am in the learning phase after losing a lot of weight in a pretty unhealthy way. I thought it was good at this time. This kind of info is very valuable to me.
                  Glad you found it informative EggGirl. You'll see a lot of back and forth on the Forum regarding macros, everyone is different and needs to follow the path that works best for them, a lot of trial and error. Hopefully this helps.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                    I thought that was a nicely presented and very well balanced article. It's didn't have a drum to beat in terms of keto for everyone or stuffing with potatoes for everyone. It took the "It depends" route and then laid out all the possible ways that the "it depends" can play out and the different carb levels for each.

                    Next time the carb wars start up around here (and you know they will), would somebody please just cite this article and stop things before they get unfriendly?
                    Will do PB. The 'my way or the highway, the rest of you are idiots' attitude of some is a little tiresome.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by canuck416 View Post
                      That's interesting eKatherine. So what are your macros including protein? Do you alter your macros depending on your training?
                      My current target is 100g of protein and 1500 calories per day. I'm thinking of staying at this level until it is clear that I am at maintenance level, or that I need to tweak my calories to reach maintenance.

                      I'm not getting enough heavy-duty exercise now to call it "training", more like "activity". I'd like to start working that back up again.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by canuck416 View Post
                        Assessing carbohydrate requirements is a constant topic on in this forum, with much back and forth between those advocating a ketogenic approach to those embracing a much higher carb macro level.
                        thanks for taking the time for posting this article. it explained some things I've experienced but not understood during my own lifestyle changes like why i feel so good in ketosis and why my weightloss has been so extreme.
                        i've never heard of the author before but liked his writing as well as the content so intend to read more
                        thanks again
                        Last edited by CarbDodger; 07-28-2013, 01:27 AM.
                        When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
                        27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
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                        • #13
                          Excellent article, Canuck. Thanks so much for posting it.
                          Starting Weight: 197.5
                          Current Weight: 123
                          Far healthier!

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                          • #14
                            Of course I agree with this article because it says what I happen to believe. I wonder what the peat moss fleas will say...
                            Crohn's, doing SCD

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                            • #15
                              Just finished reading Lyle's other links in his post and articles on his website on fat loss and training as they relate to diet, quite informative and well worth a read. I believe reading his work will provide you with valuable insight and help you individualize your approach whether your Paleo/Primal goals are better health, reduced body fat or improved athletic performance.
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