0

votes

Macros and Athletic Goals...

Commented on April 06, 2013
Created April 06, 2013 at 1:58 AM

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.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 06, 2013
at 02:41 AM

Dont try to do the research on your own. Your already confused in thinking that carbs make you fat. You need even MORE carbs especially with the amount of exercising you do. EAt healhty whole foods .. and check your caloric intake. You are probably not even getting enough calories. You sound underweight at 93 lbs. You can cause damage to yourself without an adequate amount of calories combined with all the exercise your doing. 50 % protein out of how many calories? Go see a nutritionist and theyll hook you up with all the right info for you. :)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 06, 2013
at 02:35 AM

Its nice to see that you take your nutrition so seriously. That is a good thing. But at your age you shouldnt be looking for advice on-line. You are a still growing and developing child and your nutritional needs are going to be very different that people here. The best thing you can do for your health and athletic goals is to discuss your diet with your parents in conjuction with a (sports) nutritionist after a medical assesment by your family doctor.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 06, 2013
at 02:14 AM

where to even begin.....sigh

Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

0 Answers

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!