I agree with you 100% - you said it perfectly dude.
Originally Posted by MikeEnRegalia
I am trying to gain weight - muscle so I am getting as much protein as possible and eating 50-60% of my calories from fat. Carbs make up the rest, usually 15-20% maybe? I am guessing since I haven't kept track in 5-6 weeks. You just need to eat the right foods. Make sure you eat fish and/or take a fish oil supplement.
^ agreed. I guess that we can form two simple rules:
Trying to gain lean body mass? Make sure that you eat enough protein each day, and maintain proper metabolism by eating adequate calories at least every other day. And make the feeding phases coincide with your heavy lifting. If you want to indulge in extra carbs, in the hours before (less) and in the hours after (more) your exercise is the ideal time.
Trying to lose fat? Make sure that you don't eat too much in the long run - your average daily caloric intake should loosely match your estimated caloric expenditure. However, you can cheat by introducing alternating phases of fasting and feeding. Try to maintain or slightly exceed your calculated caloric intake during feeding, and on average you will have a nice caloric deficit without the problem of reduced metabolic rate that usually occurs on starvation diets.
A lot of good points here. I'd add that if you're trying to lose, I would not worry about how much fat nearly as much has how much carbs.
All this is great information - thanks, everyone. My numbers for today look much better:
Fat: 133.3g (64%)
Carbs: 96.3g (20%)
I'm going to try some IF this weekend, so that if I bonk I'm not having to push through a workday. Thoughts about that? Maybe that's another thread...in the past I have had to be very religious about meals because I would get hypoglycemic, but since going Primal I've been able to skip breakfast (except for coffee) some mornings and be okay until lunchtime. What's a good next step IF-wise?
Stats as of 3/1/12:
5'10" female, 38 y/o
Currently 140 lbs., approx 25% body fat
WEIGHT GOAL: lose a bit more body fat and tighten up the rear end...basically, I want to look great naked. Everywhere else is looking great, but my ass/hips/thighs are being a bit stubborn. TMI?
DAILY MACRO TARGETS: Cal: 1,857. Protein: 100g (400cal). Carb: 75g (300cal). Fat: 128g (1156cal).
EXERCISE GOAL: incorporate 2-3 strength training sessions and 1 sprint session per week.
Quoted from ommmmaggie
>I had a pretty good day primal wise.
>Geekfish, what did you eat today? Looks like a very good day.
3 Eggs cooked in butter
tablespoon coconut oil (it's like candy)
Lunch: (free cookout lunch at work)
4 hamburgers patties
a slice of cheese or two
3 romaine lettuce leafs
3 hamburger patties (not intentional to have hamburgers twice)
BAS w balsalmic vinagrette I made
Snack: cherries + alsmonds
Pretty good day, extra dose of fish oil this evening. It is one of my better days for protein.
Was a good day.
Today was a lot lighter ~1800 Cal similar ratios