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Macros: New to high fat & low carb. When to up carbs and how much? Protein?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I've started eating about 50-70% fat on most days and I'm wondering how many grams of carbs to eat and when. I keep reading about upping them once a week or post workout but I don't know what ratios to use. I'm also trying to gauge protein. I'm 28yr old female 5'6 about 140-145lbs and I used to be 130. It's been a year of recovery from high rT3 (hypothyroid) and adrenal fatigue and eating this way is already making me feel SO much better. My mood and energy has been dramatically improved, and I think I'm loosing fat already. I'm waiting to hear back from the lab but I think I may be diabetic too.

OK so talk to me about ratios, max protein levels, and when to eat higher carb etc. My only carbs are coming from veggies and kombucha right now.

I hike 5 miles every few days, and want to regularly weight train 3 times per week. My job is sedentary.

Thank you!!

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on February 09, 2013
at 09:30 PM

That would make more sense.

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on February 09, 2013
at 05:33 PM

Something is wrong with your protein recommendation. Do you mean 2g/kg?

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on August 06, 2012
at 08:25 AM

Or not. See http://aworldlymonk.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/low-carb-diets-and-hypothyroidism-a-false-alarm/ and http://paleohacks.com/questions/78343/is-lowered-t3-resulting-from-a-low-carb-diet-problematic#axzz22kiNh000

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at 04:43 AM

low carb diets may actually be detrimental to thyroid function... you should definitely look into that. I know a high fat diet is often touted as the ultimate macro nutrient profile to strive for around here, but i can attest to the fact that it nearly made me into a fat, sick, and tired blob-like person.

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on December 15, 2012
at 12:29 PM

If what you're doing is working... don't change a thing.

There are a lot of different formulas out there to maximize weight loss, but the bottom line is: don't overeat & do burn calories.

From the sounds of it you've really put yourself in a good place. Congratulations.

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on May 28, 2012
at 01:58 AM

nothing is written in stone and what turns out to be optimal depends heavily on the individual; what is good is fairly general, at least for healthy people.

So, generally, it is recommended to eat a bit of carbs and prots from 1h00 to 30mins before lifting weights throughout light meals like a portion of tuna [or whey] and a fruit [to vary from fruits, you can look at multifloral pollen].

Then, quickly after work-outs, introduce carbs if you wish to gain more muscle than with the prots postworkout alone. You can eat egg whites for instance or chicken. Some get a high intake for carbs, as high as half of their total meal. here is a calculator http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/pierce2.htm claiming it gives you the solution, but it's more likely it won't. Equally, bear in mind that carbs after sessions might not do so well with regeneration of muscles.

Generally, for bodybuidlers, I believe 0.2 kg/kg of body mass of proteins a day is recommended [but it ought to be checked], given that you drink enough of water to relieve the stress on your kidneys.

I would say, you must experiment for yourself; outline a sound diet for a month, say, and note quantities as well as sources and effects they have on your next session in a notebook; after a few months you will have insight on what works. ALso, the most important thing when beginning is to actually work out, not optimizing from the outset.

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on February 09, 2013
at 09:30 PM

That would make more sense.

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on February 09, 2013
at 05:33 PM

Something is wrong with your protein recommendation. Do you mean 2g/kg?

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