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    What is a good ratio on food?

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    My problem is I dont like to eat in the mornings at all. It is easy for me to wait till 12 in the afternoon to have a little meal, have some nuts or berries in between and then have a dinner. I figure that might not be enough to food so. I'm 5 foot 3 and weigh currently about 122 pounds ( yikes did I really just admitted that lol) My body fat is too high also ( think it was 28% last time I was measured) which is due to me having surgery in December , was not able to do any " sporty" activity for 2 month. And my eating habits declined also around this time. Now I'm back on track, but really wonder what a good ratio of meats , veggies, and berries/nuts would be.Any help is appreciated , thanks in advance!

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    Many of us don't eat in the mornings. I generally don't.

    Don't eat more than a quarter cup of nuts or berries at a sitting, though (or more than a few times a week). Meats and non-starchy veggies? Eat until you're satisifed but not stuffed.
    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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    I always eat breakfast but many here enjoy eating an early lunch. Eat a lot of meat and only consume veggies for your carb intake with maybe 1-2 servings of fruit a day if you want to gain muscle and lose the fat.
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    Thank you both.

    Yeah it's hard to stop eating nuts. )

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    Lots of meat and veggies. Moderate amounts of fruit. Be careful with nuts; they are very caloric and don't offer a whole lot of satiety. Stick with 40-50% protein, 30-40% fat, and 10-20% carbs.

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    Thanks, for your input Sterling ! I will try that come tomorrow .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sterling View Post
    Lots of meat and veggies. Moderate amounts of fruit. Be careful with nuts; they are very caloric and don't offer a whole lot of satiety. Stick with 40-50% protein, 30-40% fat, and 10-20% carbs.
    My average is around 55% fat, 22.5% protein, 22.5% carbs. I have been avoiding grains completely but just eat A LOT of veggies and 1-3 servings of fruit a day. Do you think this ratio is fine? I continue to up my protein intake but I am patient with it
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    Too many carbs and not enough fat. Take 15% of those carb calories and put them in fat so you're eating 70% fat, 20ish% protein, and 10ish% (or less) carbs.
    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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    Sterling, do you really mean 40-50% of calories from protein or just a ballpark amount on the plate? I thought most people around here doing lower carb are at about 60-70% fat. For example on 2000 calories a day, 50% would be 1000 calories or 250 grams of protein. This is huge and would involve a lot of lean protein. This also would far exceed (for most people) Mark's typical rec of .7-1+ gram of protein per pound of lean body mass (the + maybe for some weight training types). When calculating ratios, easiest to start there depending on activity level; then add carbs depending on weight loss, gain or maintenance goals; then balance from fat.

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    40-50% of calories. So for Bine that might be 140-150 grams/day if she were eating at a level of calories to lose weight. She'd make up the rest with fat and carbs, 40% and 20%ish respectively.

    A general rule for protein is 1 gram/lb body weight, but she's trying to lose body fat. So lowering calories, but increasing protein helps to provide a great amount of satiety in a caloric deficit. Protein should always be your base.

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