Hello there! I am a 15 year old female, who is very serious about being fit and healthy. I am now running about six days a week, 30-40 miles, and weightlifting three days, full body. (I use to lift weights a lot more, but I guess my hormones were not allowing me to really "build" muscle.) I guess I would be considered an athlete?
I am striving for the lean, muscular (not bulky) look. And to become better at running. I have heard so many conflicting arguments about the best macronutrient ratio. I am currently eating around 30% fat, 50% protein and 20% carbs. My parents and many articles I have read say that eating 50% protein can hinder muscle growth, athletic performance and overall health. Is that true? Has anybody else tried it and has had bad effects? If I did up another macronutrient, which would be best, carbs or fat? I am 5'2-3 and 93lbs. I have a body fat of around 10% (give or take 1). Basically, I am not fat and am not looking to lose weight. I would just like to build muscle and maintain a lean look, so I can actually see my muscle. Many athletes eat more carbs, but I have heard that carbs cause fat gain. To go over 30% of my calories as fat is hard for me too, mentally and physically. What is everyones opinion of what works best for my goal? I can try to make my macronutrients to whatever is best.
Thank you, and sorry for the extremely long post. I have been researching this for a LONG time.
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