No. And here's why:
Originally Posted by Supawood26
Low carbohydrate is fine in and of itself for sedentary people, but with all that protein, you are going to run into issues. If you are going to eat a high protein diet, you should at a minimum have an average protein:carbohydrate ratio of 1:1. Otherwise, you're probably going to feel lousy. Converting protein into glucose via gluconeogenesis is a very stressful process and really elevates cortisol. It's fine here and there, but if you are constantly consuming a high protein/low carbohydrate diet, you're really going to stress your body, particularly your thyroid and adrenals. That's why you hear so many people eating low carb having their hair fall out, getting cold after eating and having their heart rate drop/thyroid slow. They eat too much protein. For you to maintain a carbohydrate level that low as a percentage of your daily calories, you're really going to have to cut protein consumption and really elevate fats. Do you want to be on a low protein diet? It probably will not keep your body composition the way you want it.
If you want to shoot for a high protein diet like that, you're going to have to do one of these things:
1.) Cycle your carbohydrate where you eat lower fat/higher carb on workout days and eat higher fat/lower carb on non-workout days (this is what I choose to do).
2.) Up your average carbohydrate consumption each day.
With a protein intake that high, I'd go for a minimum average carbohydrate level of 250g. That would put your macros at:
My guess is you won't like those numbers. In that case, drop your protein to something more like:
Personally, I think you'll find the second group of macros I laid out ideal because it'll allow you to enjoy an ample amount of everything - lean meats, fatty meats, eggs, fruit, starches, vegetables...IMO it's pretty ideal for your average macros to hit. "Weight loss" comes down solely to calories in vs calories out, so don't stress about the carb count. As long as they're coming from fruits, starchy roots and tubers and other whole foods, you'll be fine if you're in control of your blood sugar. Stay away from the flours and refined sugars and you're pretty much golden. There are more high carb traditional societies free of modern disease than there are high fat/low carb traditional societies, so embrace your roots, tubers and seasonal fruits.
EDIT - I want to add that 1:1 protein:carbohydrate is really the MINIMUM. You may actually feel better eating less protein and pushing more of it into carbohydrate. I eat more like 1:1.5 protein:carbohydrate, and most serious lifters will eat more like 1:2. My average carbohydrate intake is probably 200-250g per day (100-150g or so on my rest days, 300-350 on my workout days). I probably get around 150-200g of protein or so a day. The more protein you eat, the more carbohydrate you should eat because protein creates a large glucagon release, and high intakes of protein in the absence of carbohydrate can make you hypoglycemic. I get wobbly if I just eat high protein without carbohydrate to balance it out. You may be able to do it with fat to an extent, but I get sluggish and cold if I drop carbs too low for too long due to my lust for phosphate-rich muscle meats. YMMV. I've learned the hard way to pair my protein with fruit when I'm sitting around and pair it with starch after I lift.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 11-14-2012 at 09:29 AM.
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