Balancing the Ratio of Carbs, Fats, and Proteins for Healthy Eating
When it comes to making sure that you’re eating right, one of the best ways to do it is to ensure that you have a winning ratio.
-What do I mean by that?
I mean that you need to balance your carbohydrates, fats, and protein intake. Many well-known diets actually do this for you. You don’t really see what’s going on behind-the-scenes but they are calculating these three items and making sure that you are only taking in what you need based on where you are in your fitness journey.
You will notice that most of the diets that are designed to get you to lose weight fast are going to limit your carbohydrate intake.
A ratio that you might see out there would be something like 50% protein 30% fat and 20% carbohydrates.
Nevertheless it always depends on how much physical exertion you’re engaging in each day. Many diets do not recommend that you go this low on your carbohydrates especially if you are participating in a rigorous workout program.
Essentially in order to maintain health while you are working out you need to understand what your glycogen levels might be and what they are doing. This is the amount of sugar that is stored in your liver.
As you limit your carbohydrate intake, you will find that you are eliminating the storage of sugar in your liver and you (your body) will resort to burning fat in order to have energy to participate in an exercise routine.
Keep in mind that you can always determine your physical fitness level by calculating how much time in calories you’re burning in an exercise program. If you’re engaging in high impact exercises, then it is natural to understand that you will need more carbohydrates in order to fuel your progress.
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Once you are at a place where you can maintain your weight, then you will want to naturally increase your carbohydrate intake in order to feel your activities. You’re no longer trying to lose weight and you just want to maintain lean body mass that you have already built.
A great maintenance mode would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 40% protein 30% fats and 30% carbohydrates. For extreme athletes they may even bump their carbohydrates to nearly 50%.
There are some great calorie trackers available on the market in order to determine exactly how much your intake is of each energy source (fats, proteins, carbs).
These apps are even programmed to recognize certain food sources by brand or restaurant and automatically calculate the calories involved.
I found that if you can keep up with your calorie tracking for at least 30 days, you will be set. You will also begin to understand the relative proportions based on experience.
In other words you’ll know exactly how many calories roughly you are consuming based on the portion size of what you’re eating. You will simply have had enough experience to recognize it (roughly) visually.
This can make a huge difference in how quickly you can determine whether or not you are eating the appropriate portions and speed up your progress.
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