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When do I need to stop worrying about Fat to protein to carb ratios and just eat what is best?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 07, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Pretty self explanatory. I'm having a hard time getting 50% of my calories from fat. Does anyone have any tips on how to balance all of that out?

Thanks,

Cole

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on June 09, 2013
at 09:51 PM

Why did you start?

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on June 09, 2013
at 05:36 PM

technical note: If you want to add to your question, you should edit the question (use the "edit" link under the text). That way people will see it when they first click your post, rather than only finding it after wading through all the answers.

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on May 26, 2013
at 06:25 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqyixwqiCag

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:39 PM

now .

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on May 08, 2013
at 02:29 AM

Coconut oil, Butter, and Bacon are your friends.

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on May 07, 2013
at 11:41 PM

Percentage is based on calories from fat, not fat grams.

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on May 07, 2013
at 09:30 PM

I misspoke. I meant I'm having a hard time getting the fat. I've got it figured out though. I was assuming that it was a grams to grams (fat to protein) comparison. It's more the percentage of calories that comes from fat. I'm doing fine on that level.

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on May 07, 2013
at 09:18 PM

You say you are having a hard time getting enough protein. Sorry to say it, but there's no get out of jail pass here. Eat more protein. Make meat and eggs a priority. That said: if you have no issues with it, I see no issue with a high quality whey protein. I'm sure people here will freak out about that but come on. Have some common sense. It's fairly cheap, tastes good, extremely bio-available, gives you ton's of options for smoothies, increases your bodies natural glutathione production, and poses no issue for most people. Meat and eggs should still be the bulk of your protein intake however

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on May 07, 2013
at 09:02 PM

Don't overthink every little dietary detail. If it's real whole unprocessed nourishing food that can be found in nature, just eat, enjoy it and live life.

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on June 09, 2013
at 05:30 PM

If you know yourself well, you will eventually come to know what and how much you can eat until you have to say 'stop' if you do not want to put weight as body fat. This takes some time but with observation you should get there. Honestly, for me to get there, counting macros and weighing food during a looong time has helped me a lot to fine tune this ability. Now it's like I can look at food like Neo sees The Matrix. I see it as an investment that has paid its dividends :)

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on May 09, 2013
at 12:08 PM

There is no magic number of carbs, proteins and fats to eat for weight loss. But the best ratio for weight loss is •Make 50% calories from that you eat is from carbs and •Make 30% calories from that you eat is from proteins and •Make 20% calories from that you eat is from fats

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(116)

on May 26, 2013
at 06:25 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqyixwqiCag

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on May 07, 2013
at 09:11 PM

My goal is to live a healthier and happier life so that I can watch my children grow up and become adults. I don't have any arbitrary goals.

That said, I've seen conflicting ratios on what to shoot for when starting out. So far I've been having a hard time getting enough protein so I was wondering if any of you could help me with that.

Question is still open.

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on May 07, 2013
at 09:18 PM

You say you are having a hard time getting enough protein. Sorry to say it, but there's no get out of jail pass here. Eat more protein. Make meat and eggs a priority. That said: if you have no issues with it, I see no issue with a high quality whey protein. I'm sure people here will freak out about that but come on. Have some common sense. It's fairly cheap, tastes good, extremely bio-available, gives you ton's of options for smoothies, increases your bodies natural glutathione production, and poses no issue for most people. Meat and eggs should still be the bulk of your protein intake however

Dc757b6b46b19225ec2b222e56d0eb95

on May 07, 2013
at 09:30 PM

I misspoke. I meant I'm having a hard time getting the fat. I've got it figured out though. I was assuming that it was a grams to grams (fat to protein) comparison. It's more the percentage of calories that comes from fat. I'm doing fine on that level.

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(1398)

on May 08, 2013
at 02:29 AM

Coconut oil, Butter, and Bacon are your friends.

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on May 07, 2013
at 09:08 PM

Now. Now is good.

One of the biggest issues here is orthorexia, where we start getting obsessed with the minutia of the details and miss the bigger picture. If you figure out the best foods for you as a whole (a steak: a fish: bacon: spinach, etc), and concentrate on getting those whole food sources, you'll do much better than worrying about specific ratios. It's a bit of an art/zen thing to wean yourself off of the macro and micro nutrients and start listening to how your body is reacting over time. Since everyone is different, you might find your body sings with 30% fat or 80% fat.

Understanding how the micronutrients and different chemicals react in your body is your guide to find the right foods. When I started out, I weighed everything to the gram and wrote down everything. After a while, I realized that I couldn't live my whole life that way, so I slowly took off the training wheels, and started looking back at the whole foods. It really didn't take that long to find that I needed a good fatty breakfast (4-5 pieces of sausage/bacon and eggs) to get me humming all day. You might need a little adjustment here or there. I have no idea how much fat I eat a day. I just see better and better body composition and get compliments for my nice skin (thank you bacon!)

I know we all want to "get it right," but to prevent us from going crazy, we need to have our good eating habits happen without thought.

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on May 07, 2013
at 09:03 PM

The most important thing with any diet/eating practice is sustainability. If you are having trouble meeting whatever arbitrary goal you are shooting for, then it is not sustainable. I like following simple rules and letting everything fall into place. Some of my rules: protein with every meal. Preferably from something that had a mother. Eat real food. Keep fat and carbs inversely proportional. Earn your carbs, and eat the majority around training sessions. Eat when you're hungry, don't eat when you are not. I'm leaning out right now so yes, I am counting calories. But I'm not neurotic about it. I estimate the macros for every meal, write it down, and calculate it at the end of the day. IMO, the exact percentage ratio really doesn't matter all that much unless you are a low carb ultra-endurance athlete. For weight loss eat at least 1g of protein per pound of body weight, about 15 calories per pound, and keep fat and carbs inversely proportional. Keep things simple and think long term. Do you really want to be worrying about your macronutrient ratios every day for the rest of your life?

TL:DR : Protein with every meal for a total of at least 1g/lb bodyweight daily, fat and carbs inversely proportional for rest of calories.

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on May 07, 2013
at 08:58 PM

Also, when I'm keeping track of how much fat I'm consuming am I supposed to be tracking the calories from fat or the fat per grams? For example, I ate a tri tip steak and steamed asparagus last night. The tri tip has 213 cal, 11.2 fat, 26.1 protein & 101 calories from fat. Of the total calories I consumed I had 47% fat in that meal then the rest being protein & carbs.

Again, thanks for the help.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 07, 2013
at 11:41 PM

Percentage is based on calories from fat, not fat grams.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on June 09, 2013
at 05:36 PM

technical note: If you want to add to your question, you should edit the question (use the "edit" link under the text). That way people will see it when they first click your post, rather than only finding it after wading through all the answers.

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