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    Diet is pretty good. Aside from a sandwich here and there or food I eat at weddings (I am a DJ). About once or twice a month I eat a "wedding" dinner that is usually very calorie dense - but if you were offered a prime rib or sea bass would you say no? I pack my own dinners but would love some good "lunch-bag" meals.

    Here are my usual shopping list items:


    proteins/dairy:
    egg whites
    whole eggs
    chicken breast - grilled/baked
    ground turkey
    vegetarian sausages/meats
    turkey burgers
    boca burgers
    tilapia
    salmon
    tuna
    low fat/skim milk
    almond, almond/coconut milk
    low fat mozzarella shredded chz
    fat free cottage cheese and greek yogurt


    fruits/veggies:
    broccoli
    peas
    lima beans
    salsa
    home made pasta sauce with lean meats and veggies
    strawberries
    blueberries
    mango
    cucumber
    bell pepper
    spinach
    carrots
    mushrooms


    starch
    lo-carb tortilla wraps
    whole grain pasta
    refried beans
    black beans
    oatmeal
    Yukon gold potatoes

    Fats:
    Almonds
    cashews
    Brazil nuts
    pecans
    Extra Virgin Olive oil


    Protein shakes - Dymatize Whey (choc and vanilla) and Casein (choc)

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    typical day:

    shake:
    8oz milk or almond milk
    1/3 c dry oats
    few strawberries
    1 scoop choc whey
    1 serv BCAA

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    Beta Alanine
    L-Carnitine

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    Another shake
    8 oz milk
    2 scoops whey (vanilla)
    few slices mango
    1/3 dry oats
    1 serv BCAA
    1 Tbsp honey

    assorted meals throughout the rest of day

    I'll start my diet log and post it soon
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    whats your macros? the names of your foods will not determine the outcome of your results
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumminslifter View Post
    whats your macros? the names of your foods will not determine the outcome of your results
    I will provide those in my detailed journal. At this point I just listed my items to hear what needs to be added or what should be removed.
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    lke i said the names of your food will not determine the outcome of your results
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumminslifter View Post
    lke i said the names of your food will not determine the outcome of your results
    Really? What if I wrote down:

    Ice cream
    soda
    doughnuts
    twinkies
    chocolate milk
    coco puffs
    double cheeseburgers
    mozzarella sticks

    Are you telling me my original list compared to this list wouldn't offer noticeable results. I'm displaying the quality of my calorie sources.
    The list is to show my food choices. Portions and nutrition info will come later. what are you missing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonpaulevans View Post
    Really? What if I wrote down:

    Ice cream
    soda
    doughnuts
    twinkies
    chocolate milk
    coco puffs
    double cheeseburgers
    mozzarella sticks

    Are you telling me my original list compared to this list wouldn't offer noticeable results. I'm displaying the quality of my calorie sources.
    The list is to show my food choices. Portions and nutrition info will come later. what are you missing?
    if you are hitting your macros with said food there wouldnt be a problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumminslifter View Post
    if you are hitting your macros with said food there wouldnt be a problem
    I think you're just missing the point. And you could not stay healthy on fried/fatty foods as listed above nor could you fuel yourself with healthy calories on ****ty food options. So a list of food items is the place to start with a healthy diet. Portions and timing will come later.

    for the love of god tell me you understand this otherwise I'd rather you not post anything. Looking for "helpful" feedback.
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    and before you tell me you can get your protein, carbs and fats on the "**** list" consider the amount of saturated fats and sodium you'd take in as well. So the point isn't just getting X amount of Pro, Y amount of carbs and Z amount of unsat fats - it's about taking in clean calories. Therefore my list outlines my basic foods. Now if you or anyone else would like to offer additional options at this point I'm all ears. With my list of options I will put together my meals and record meal timing and nutritional data.
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    i didnt say they werent going to do anything to your overall health but you stated in your original post that you thought a sandwhich was bad so i was informing you that there is no "bad" food except trans fats. and what is wrong with sodium and saturated fats?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumminslifter View Post
    i didnt say they werent going to do anything to your overall health but you stated in your original post that you thought a sandwhich was bad so i was informing you that there is no "bad" food except trans fats. and what is wrong with sodium and saturated fats?
    the idea of "there is no such thing as 'bad' food" is fine if you're starving - but it loses merit in the scope of eating to be healthy (energetic/strong/focused). Sandwiches are typically high in sodium/preservatives, fat and high glycemic carbs.

    As far as sodium: Sodium is fine up until a point. Too much sodium is unhealthy - high blood pressure/hypertension...among other things

    Saturated Fats: I assume you know there are several types of fats that are broken into two categories for this point and they are "good" and "bad" fats. Unsat fats are good while all others are bad (generally speaking). I have high cholesterol so saturated fats are a huge no-no when possible.

    So when looking at my two food lists, I hope you see the difference between the choices I've outlined and the importance of making the right choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonpaulevans View Post
    the idea of "there is no such thing as 'bad' food" is fine if you're starving - but it loses merit in the scope of eating to be healthy (energetic/strong/focused). Sandwiches are typically high in sodium/preservatives, fat and high glycemic carbs.

    As far as sodium: Sodium is fine up until a point. Too much sodium is unhealthy - high blood pressure/hypertension...among other things

    Saturated Fats: I assume you know there are several types of fats that are broken into two categories for this point and they are "good" and "bad" fats. Unsat fats are good while all others are bad (generally speaking). I have high cholesterol so saturated fats are a huge no-no when possible.

    So when looking at my two food lists, I hope you see the difference between the choices I've outlined and the importance of making the right choices.
    ok. first of all as far as the sandwhiches go i hope you are not concerning yourself with the glycemic index unless you are diabetic or are 24-48 hrs fasted and eat nothing but that specific carb you are talking about. 2nd unless you have a history of high blood pressure sodium is nothing to worry about as long as you are getting enough potassium and drinking enough fluids( i eat 7-10g of sodium a day) and im completely healthy as fr as lab results show. and dietary cholesterol has nothing to do with total cholesteoal in the body. and i assume you know saturated fats produce testosterone so i hope you are not limiting saturated fats to much
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumminslifter View Post
    ok. first of all as far as the sandwhiches go i hope you are not concerning yourself with the glycemic index unless you are diabetic or are 24-48 hrs fasted and eat nothing but that specific carb you are talking about. 2nd unless you have a history of high blood pressure sodium is nothing to worry about as long as you are getting enough potassium and drinking enough fluids( i eat 7-10g of sodium a day) and im completely healthy as fr as lab results show. and dietary cholesterol has nothing to do with total cholesteoal in the body. and i assume you know saturated fats produce testosterone so i hope you are not limiting saturated fats to much
    I never mentioned cholesterol intake - I said I have high chol so saturated fats are something to watch since they are what make the body create chol. Sat fat is "thought" to increase test levels ONLY in men who lift. I eat enough saturated fats - I just make sure I don't eat too much. And I tend to feel much better on low-glycemic foods. The idea (for me) is to have a balanced blood sugar level throughout the day and higher glycemic foods elevate the numbers too much. But I still eat breads, pastas and potatoes - just in moderation and (hopefully) the right time of day.

    7-10 g of sodium - with those numbers you dont need a history of hypertension to develop it. You're 19 - why wouldn't your numbers be good? I'm 33 so I have to be smarter than I was at your age.
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    to be fair I could have explained I want to eat healthy to have steady energy, to make lean gains and lose bf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonpaulevans View Post
    to be fair I could have explained I want to eat healthy to have steady energy, to make lean gains and lose bf.
    just felt like giving you a little bit of **** lol..yes i prefer complex carbs as well and i understand the wanting to watch what you eat
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonpaulevans View Post
    the idea of "there is no such thing as 'bad' food" is fine if you're starving - but it loses merit in the scope of eating to be healthy (energetic/strong/focused). Sandwiches are typically high in sodium/preservatives, fat and high glycemic carbs.

    As far as sodium: Sodium is fine up until a point. Too much sodium is unhealthy - high blood pressure/hypertension...among other things

    Saturated Fats: I assume you know there are several types of fats that are broken into two categories for this point and they are "good" and "bad" fats. Unsat fats are good while all others are bad (generally speaking). I have high cholesterol so saturated fats are a huge no-no when possible.

    So when looking at my two food lists, I hope you see the difference between the choices I've outlined and the importance of making the right choices.
    Better be careful talkin bad about saturated fats, lol. There are about 6 guys on this board (who seem to know alot more than others in general) that will eat your lunch and spit it back in your face over making comments like that. I would know - I learned the hard way.

    Eat whatever works for you. Low fat, high carb high protein diet has kept me lean while giving me very slow gains in mass. As a rule, I'm honestly starting to believe that everything I read in Arnold's book is golden. He recommends 40/40/20 split. For most people, this is ideal. For me, it could work well for bulking, although I have been leaning toward 50% carbs, 30% proteins and 20% fats lately in trying to experiment with what works quickest for mass gains.

    I'm starting to think DBOL is what works quickest, lol. At my genetic level, things happen so slowly now. It sucks.
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    ^do not base your diet off of percentages
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumminslifter View Post
    ^do not base your diet off of percentages
    A percentage isn't a method, it's just a measurement of what you are already doing. It doesn't matter what you eat, there is a percentage in the macros.

    And since ratios are important, why aren't percentages? They are different ways to measure the same thing...

    40% carbs to 40% protein is a 1:1 ratio... I'm not following why you recommend not using numbers to track and form a diet because ratios between foods has an impact on your insulin-glucagon axis which in turn largely effects your muscle building and fat burning ability.
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    if you use percentages for fat/carb/protein the ratios will be way off. say you have 2 people that weight 170 pounds. one is completely sedentary and takes in 2400 calories the other is extremely active and takes in 4000 calories. do you see how this would throw your macros way off if you go by percentages?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumminslifter View Post
    if you use percentages for fat/carb/protein the ratios will be way off. say you have 2 people that weight 170 pounds. one is completely sedentary and takes in 2400 calories the other is extremely active and takes in 4000 calories. do you see how this would throw your macros way off if you go by percentages?
    c'mon dude - you're killing me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post
    Better be careful talkin bad about saturated fats, lol. There are about 6 guys on this board (who seem to know alot more than others in general) that will eat your lunch and spit it back in your face over making comments like that. I would know - I learned the hard way.

    Eat whatever works for you. Low fat, high carb high protein diet has kept me lean while giving me very slow gains in mass. As a rule, I'm honestly starting to believe that everything I read in Arnold's book is golden. He recommends 40/40/20 split. For most people, this is ideal. For me, it could work well for bulking, although I have been leaning toward 50% carbs, 30% proteins and 20% fats lately in trying to experiment with what works quickest for mass gains.

    I'm starting to think DBOL is what works quickest, lol. At my genetic level, things happen so slowly now. It sucks.
    I have cholesterol of 330+ so I have to watch my sat fats. But it's not like I don't eat them. Of my total fat intake they represent about 1/4-1/5. I've read the benefits of sat fats - but I also read the dangers of high cholesterol and high sat fats. Avoiding sat fats doesn't make my diet low fat though. I eat plenty of unsat fat options - almonds, almond milk, fish, eggs, olive oil... I'm about a 45/35/20.

    thanks fuel
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    As a general rule, for most people what works better than percentages are:

    1 gram Protein per lb BW(minimum)
    .5 gram Fat per lb BW (minimum)
    Rest of calorie total from Carbs


    This can obviously be toyed with for your personal body type but is generally a better idea than a Percentage. His point is valid in that a 40/40/20 split will be very skewed based upon calorie goal.

    4000 kCal at 40/40/20 will be high in protein while the same split at 2500 kCal will be ridiculously low in fats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    As a general rule, for most people what works better than percentages are:

    1 gram Protein per lb BW(minimum)
    .5 gram Fat per lb BW (minimum)
    Rest of calorie total from Carbs


    This can obviously be toyed with for your personal body type but is generally a better idea than a Percentage. His point is valid in that a 40/40/20 split will be very skewed based upon calorie goal.

    4000 kCal at 40/40/20 will be high in protein while the same split at 2500 kCal will be ridiculously low in fats.
    calories are fuel needed for energy output (we all know this) - if your overall calories are in line with "fuel needed" or energy consumption than you're ok (assuming your macros are in balance and in line with the same goals). The ratio should represent a balanced diet. perhaps a better and more valid point is to determine your ratios based on goals and purpose. If you want to lose weight ratio A, if you want to gain lean mass use ratio B. If you want to maintain use ratio 3. nonetheless, ratios are secondary (in planning) to caloric intake/energy needs. no one is going on a 6000 calorie diet to keep fat and protein in check - you cant scarf that many clean carbs so you boost fats (calorie dense foods). conversely no one cuts calories in half without cutting fat (calorie dense foods) first - so yeah, ratios adjust. Maybe we're all speaking the same language here but the thing I'm trying to point out is that the ratio is secondary to caloric intake which should be accurately and intelligently planned out. and once it is than the ratio should be adjusted with equal intelligence and sensibility. And using percentages is a way a lot of people plan their diet
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    maybe the best way to sum it up is to say this: Find an appropriate ratio scheme that fits your diet and exercise goals and that makes you feel good. If a 4000 cal diet is giving you too much protein then lower the calories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonpaulevans View Post
    c'mon dude - you're killing me.
    whys that
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    As a general rule, for most people what works better than percentages are:

    1 gram Protein per lb BW(minimum)
    .5 gram Fat per lb BW (minimum)
    Rest of calorie total from Carbs


    This can obviously be toyed with for your personal body type but is generally a better idea than a Percentage. His point is valid in that a 40/40/20 split will be very skewed based upon calorie goal.

    4000 kCal at 40/40/20 will be high in protein while the same split at 2500 kCal will be ridiculously low in fats.
    this is exactly what i said
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    I get what ya'll are saying. There is a problem with the argument though.

    Someone who needs 2000 calories a day doesn't need as much fats, carbs or protein in general to maintain health as a person who needs 6000 calories per day. If 20% fats is healthy for a 250lb guy, it should also be healthy for a 150lb guy. If eating 40% protein is adequate for a 250lb guy on any given diet, then 40% protein should also be adequate for a 150lb guy.

    Does not everyone in the room understand that percentages are a type of measurement that is not tied to a specific unit of measure? Percentaged translate to any size person...

    Just because my 20% fat intake is 1000kcals less in per day compared to some other guy doesn't mean that I'm "knocking my macros out of wack". They are very much the same exact macros. I am not following what you guys are trying to say. The whole point of using percentages is so that it never gets knocked out of wack. I can't go around telling people to eat 250g protein daily to build muscle, because in some cases that is true and some it isn't. Yet I can say, eat 40% in protein. That applies every where.

    Percentages don't decide how big the pie is. They only decide how it is sliced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post
    I get what ya'll are saying. There is a problem with the argument though.

    Someone who needs 2000 calories a day doesn't need as much fats, carbs or protein in general to maintain health as a person who needs 6000 calories per day. If 20% fats is healthy for a 250lb guy, it should also be healthy for a 150lb guy. If eating 40% protein is adequate for a 250lb guy on any given diet, then 40% protein should also be adequate for a 150lb guy.

    Does not everyone in the room understand that percentages are a type of measurement that is not tied to a specific unit of measure? Percentaged translate to any size person...

    Just because my 20% fat intake is 1000kcals less in per day compared to some other guy doesn't mean that I'm "knocking my macros out of wack". They are very much the same exact macros. I am not following what you guys are trying to say. The whole point of using percentages is so that it never gets knocked out of wack. I can't go around telling people to eat 250g protein daily to build muscle, because in some cases that is true and some it isn't. Yet I can say, eat 40% in protein. That applies every where.

    Percentages don't decide how big the pie is. They only decide how it is sliced.
    Apparently you are missing the point.

    Percentages are not good for everyone. Especially 40/40/20.

    I fairly regularly top 4000 kCal a day. For a 40/40/20 split it would have me eating 400g Protein at a bodyweight of 165-170. Which is WAY more than I could utilize for tissue repair.

    While eating at 1-1.5g protein per lb I could have only 250g tops and eat more fats, and more importantly carbs (glycogen replenishment as I workout 2x a day)

    40/40/20 = not adaptable in many situations.
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    the ratios are based on what many individuals have found to be healthy balances of macros - there are several splits. Some splits are radical such as in the case of an adkins diet while low fat diets are greatly different. Fueledpassion did a good job explaining what I tried to explain. No matter how you look at ratios, we have ratios in each meal every day. it is believed to be efficient and easiest on our system to keep the ratio in (regular) balance as well as to keep a regular eating cycle with good variety of healthy choices. Therefore, while variance will occur, to have a goal of xx/yy/zz ratio is important. The diets of "double" caloric needs:expenditure tend to be short term but still (by nature) have a ratio and that ratio needs to be thought out.

    Fuel's example of 40/40/20 isn't the only example - he said it's what he uses now in his training. It may be what split his body uses best and he may not change it no matter the caloric intake.

    So many people pick a total caloric intake arbitrarily...

    Try building your diet around what your body needs. If a well known, healthy ratio leaves you with a massive intake of excess protein or fat then more than likely you are trying to consume way too many calories and it's not a problem with the ratio outlined.

    Guys, there is too much evidence to support the ratio method as opposed to the meathead idea of "just f'in eat a ton of calories. While I'm not much more than a meathead, I at least know the value and importance in fine tuning my ratios to discover what allows me to feel and perform at my best.

    If you don't believe me, just look up some well-known healthy diets and do the ratio splits. I bet you'll see a trend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonpaulevans View Post
    the idea of "there is no such thing as 'bad' food" is fine if you're starving - but it loses merit in the scope of eating to be healthy (energetic/strong/focused). Sandwiches are typically high in sodium/preservatives, fat and high glycemic carbs.

    As far as sodium: Sodium is fine up until a point. Too much sodium is unhealthy - high blood pressure/hypertension...among other things

    Saturated Fats: I assume you know there are several types of fats that are broken into two categories for this point and they are "good" and "bad" fats. Unsat fats are good while all others are bad (generally speaking). I have high cholesterol so saturated fats are a huge no-no when possible.

    So when looking at my two food lists, I hope you see the difference between the choices I've outlined and the importance of making the right choices.
    Actually the link between saturated fats and CVD is very poor. In fact some diets even advocate for huge comsumption of sat fats (Paleo) without any negitive consequence in LDL-p. LDL-C may increase, but LDL-C in not a good indicator of CVD, in fact; someone with low LDL-C may still be at risk if LDL-p is high.

    Of course there are outliers and whatnot, but there is a whole other side to the story. Next time you get blood tests done, ask for a more in-depth blood test detailing LDL-C and LDL-p rather than relying on just cholesterol numbers as these numbers vary under different circumstances. What you do not want is an increase in LDL-p so if this increases, find ways to lower this.

    Jim posted what should be considered minimums and altered based on preference (higher rather than lower) and whatever suits you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post
    Better be careful talkin bad about saturated fats, lol. There are about 6 guys on this board (who seem to know alot more than others in general) that will eat your lunch and spit it back in your face over making comments like that. I would know - I learned the hard way.
    Eat whatever works for you. Low fat, high carb high protein diet has kept me lean while giving me very slow gains in mass. As a rule, I'm honestly starting to believe that everything I read in Arnold's book is golden. He recommends 40/40/20 split. For most people, this is ideal. For me, it could work well for bulking, although I have been leaning toward 50% carbs, 30% proteins and 20% fats lately in trying to experiment with what works quickest for mass gains.

    I'm starting to think DBOL is what works quickest, lol. At my genetic level, things happen so slowly now. It sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiigzz View Post
    Actually the link between saturated fats and CVD is very poor. In fact some diets even advocate for huge comsumption of sat fats (Paleo) without any negitive consequence in LDL-p. LDL-C may increase, but LDL-C in not a good indicator of CVD, in fact; someone with low LDL-C may still be at risk if LDL-p is high.

    Of course there are outliers and whatnot, but there is a whole other side to the story. Next time you get blood tests done, ask for a more in-depth blood test detailing LDL-C and LDL-p rather than relying on just cholesterol numbers as these numbers vary under different circumstances. What you do not want is an increase in LDL-p so if this increases, find ways to lower this.

    Jim posted what should be considered minimums and altered based on preference (higher rather than lower) and whatever suits you.

    Detailed cholesterol numbers:
    overall - 329 - should be below 200
    triglycerides - 63 - should be below 150
    HDL - 37 - should be above 40 and desirable is above 60
    LDL - 279 - very high is considered above 190 and optimal is below 100

    I will be going on cholesterol med (statins) soon.

    Can someone please tell me what amounts of Sat fats are said to be healthy, in mg/grams please. The medical field is constantly learning but what it seems to know is that fats cause the body to produce cholesterol as part of the digesting process. Unsaturated fats hold on to these lipids and get passed; but the saturated fats bond to the lipids and settle in the arteries and create plaque buildup. That's my basic understanding. So if that's (remotely) correct, why should I not curb my sat fat intake? And, again, please give me some numbers/amounts of sat fats in diets of people who claim they feel good and who have blood-work to support its healthy and beneficial ingestion. Believe me, I'd love to up my sat fats - but only if I can do it while lowering my cholesterol.
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    Good question about saturated fats increasing cholesterol. I'd like to know that answer myself.

    As for the macro percentages..the whole point I was making is that every diet has a percentage split. Even your 4000kcal diet, lol. Percentages only express something, they don't determine something.

    I never told the guy to follow my 40/40/20 split. I said I do it right now and that he should play with some numbers as he is trying to bulk up to figure out which works best. I know thats what I said because the OP fully understood me. Ratios do matter. A 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein will have a pretty drastic difference in body composition as compared to a 1:1 ratio. Guess what? Ratios can also be measured in...you guessed it...percentages.

    So you eat .75g fat per lb of body mass? And you weigh 165? Ok, that's 124g fat per day, or about 1114kcals. And you eat 4000kcals per day? Well then, your fat macro is 27-28%. Bingo! You have a percentage!

    The statement that was made to entice me to correct said statement is the one where cummins said, "^do not base your diet off of percentages"

    Where there is something or several things that make up a whole, there is also a percentage that mathematically expresses the association between those things.
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    from a harvard review:
    One highly-publicized report analyzed the findings of 21 studies that followed 350,000 people for up to 23 years. Investigators looked at the relationship between saturated fat intake and coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Their controversial conclusion: “There is insufficient evidence from prospective epidemiologic studies to conclude that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD...

    My words: So it seems people would read that paragraph and leave thinking, "okay so I can eat more saturated fats."

    Next paragraph in article:
    With headlines like “Saturated Fat is Not Your Heart’s Enemy,” and “NOT GUILTY: The Long-Standing Vilification of Saturated Fat Finally Turning to Vindication,” some of the media and blog coverage of these studies would have you believe that scientists had given a green light to eating bacon, butter, and cheese. But that’s an oversimplified and erroneous interpretation. Read the study and subsequent studies more closely, and the message is more nuanced: Cutting back on saturated fat can be good for health if people replace saturated fat with good fats, especially, polyunsaturated fats. Eating good fats in place of saturated fat lowers the “bad” LDL cholesterol, and it improves the ratio of total cholesterol to “good” HDL cholesterol, lowering the risk of heart disease. Eating good fats in place of saturated fat can also help prevent insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

    next para
    Cutting back on saturated fat will likely have no benefit, however, if people replace saturated fat with refined carbohydrates—white bread, white rice, mashed potatoes, sugary drinks, and the like. Eating refined carbs in place of saturated fat does lower “bad” LDL cholesterol—but it also lowers the “good” HDL cholesterol and increases triglycerides. The net effect is as bad for the heart as eating too much saturated fat—and perhaps even worse for people who have insulin resistance because they are overweight or inactive

    my words: so cut sat fats (to a degree) and avoid high-glycemic carbs (as my earliest conversation with a poster discussed 'about bread')

    final point from the article:
    The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends getting less than 10 percent of calories each day from saturated fat. The American Heart Association goes even further, recommending limiting saturated fat to no more than 7 percent of calories. But framing diet recommendations in terms of “percentage of daily calories” is not terribly useful for the average consumer. That’s because people eat foods—not isolated nutrients.

    my words: So I seem to have the AHA recommendations of sat fat intake that I asked about previously. And before those two guys say "see, don't use percentages" notice the article says "average consumers" yet points out the percentage to aim for. Average consumers don't break down diets like us lifters and fitness freaks. If you are serious about monitoring your diet, learning where you operate at your best you need to know your macro count and have a good idea of the ratio/% it represents to your overall caloric intake. As a lifter I indeed look at my diet as isolated nutrients - that come in the form of chicken, lima beans, eggs, etc; which are packed full of nutrients to account for.
    my diet is 45/35/20 and total cals of 2992 based on my target body weight of 220 at 15% bf
    that makes my fat intake: of 66 grams (20%) so 10% would be 33 g of sat fat - I may go on the lower recommendation and cap off at 25 g of sat fats ( I think my math is right - it's from memory and in my head)

    Since this is a diet advice post - please advise
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    Quote Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post
    Good question about saturated fats increasing cholesterol. I'd like to know that answer myself.

    As for the macro percentages..the whole point I was making is that every diet has a percentage split. Even your 4000kcal diet, lol. Percentages only express something, they don't determine something.

    I never told the guy to follow my 40/40/20 split. I said I do it right now and that he should play with some numbers as he is trying to bulk up to figure out which works best. I know thats what I said because the OP fully understood me. Ratios do matter. A 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein will have a pretty drastic difference in body composition as compared to a 1:1 ratio. Guess what? Ratios can also be measured in...you guessed it...percentages.

    So you eat .75g fat per lb of body mass? And you weigh 165? Ok, that's 124g fat per day, or about 1114kcals. And you eat 4000kcals per day? Well then, your fat macro is 27-28%. Bingo! You have a percentage!

    The statement that was made to entice me to correct said statement is the one where cummins said, "^do not base your diet off of percentages"

    Where there is something or several things that make up a whole, there is also a percentage that mathematically expresses the association between those things.
    I understand math, thank you for the elementary math class.

    Quote Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post

    As a rule, I'm honestly starting to believe that everything I read in Arnold's book is golden. He recommends 40/40/20 split. For most people, this is ideal.
    You said for most people 40/40/20 is ideal for MOST people.

    I disagree with that, especially if you are the type who needs more calories. I used myself as an example as I know what I eat daily, there are many others that eat 3500+ and also wouldn't require that amount of protein and could end up low on fat (depending on bodyweight)

    You are apparently missing my point so I will spell it out for you again.


    Instead of telling someone to eat a 40/40/20 split and having them stick to that even as the calories they consume increases/decreases could lead to them over/underrating certain macronutrients.

    Me, for example:

    400kCal at 40/40/20 would be 400g Protein, 400g Carbs, and 89g Fat. This is obnoxiously high in protein.

    Now lets say I go to cut at 3000 (for arguments sake, I don't need to cut) 300g Protein, 300g Carbs, 67g Fat. Its the same percentages but now I'm not eating anything close to enough fats and still have an obnoxious amount of Protein.

    So in layman's terms (because apparently you need that) 40/40/20 = not optimal for most people.

    If you enjoy it then good for you but do not preach it to others as if it were Gospel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    I understand math, thank you for the elementary math class.



    You said for most people 40/40/20 is ideal for MOST people.

    I disagree with that, especially if you are the type who needs more calories. I used myself as an example as I know what I eat daily, there are many others that eat 3500+ and also wouldn't require that amount of protein and could end up low on fat (depending on bodyweight)

    You are apparently missing my point so I will spell it out for you again.


    Instead of telling someone to eat a 40/40/20 split and having them stick to that even as the calories they consume increases/decreases could lead to them over/underrating certain macronutrients.

    Me, for example:

    400kCal at 40/40/20 would be 400g Protein, 400g Carbs, and 89g Fat. This is obnoxiously high in protein.

    Now lets say I go to cut at 3000 (for arguments sake, I don't need to cut) 300g Protein, 300g Carbs, 67g Fat. Its the same percentages but now I'm not eating anything close to enough fats and still have an obnoxious amount of Protein.

    So in layman's terms (because apparently you need that) 40/40/20 = not optimal for most people.

    If you enjoy it then good for you but do not preach it to others as if it were Gospel.

    How many times do you need to point out "most" people before you realize the diet you're on is far from "normal"? In a regular maintenance, cutting or bulking diet splits from 55/30/15 to 40/40/20 are common. If you break down your nutrients and you find that your ratios are way out of whack or that these ratios greatly throw off your particular nutrient needs than you should rethink why you are taking in so many calories.

    so if a 40/40/20 (or whatever split) is giving you WAY too much fat or protein then you are likely taking in too many calories - or you are on a high calorie diet that should only be short-lived.

    So explain why you need 4000 daily calorie diet at 165 pounds but shutter to think about getting too much protein or fat? you think high carbs are harmless? And if you tell us you're only using it for a short while then you go to a 1800 cal daily diet - tell us your breakdown when you drop cals. Or instead of sarcastic and misguided replies - add to the thread by telling us what works for you so we may learn something from your experience and wisdom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonpaulevans View Post

    How many times do you need to point out "most" people before you realize the diet you're on is far from "normal"? In a regular maintenance, cutting or bulking diet splits from 55/30/15 to 40/40/20 are common. If you break down your nutrients and you find that your ratios are way out of whack or that these ratios greatly throw off your particular nutrient needs than you should rethink why you are taking in so many calories.

    so if a 40/40/20 (or whatever split) is giving you WAY too much fat or protein then you are likely taking in too many calories - or you are on a high calorie diet that should only be short-lived.

    So explain why you need 4000 daily calorie diet at 165 pounds but shutter to think about getting too much protein or fat? you think high carbs are harmless? And if you tell us you're only using it for a short while then you go to a 1800 cal daily diet - tell us your breakdown when you drop cals. Or instead of sarcastic and misguided replies - add to the thread by telling us what works for you so we may learn something from your experience and wisdom.
    Too much fat? You don't read well do you? My point was that it is to high in protein and too low in fat. Which I've said many times.

    I haven't added sarcastic it misguided replies, I have put snide remarks as a part of my posts only when they are in retaliation to certain posts.

    All of my replies have been me sharing my knowledge and have had many explanations as to why a 40/40/20 split is not ideal. Have you read anything I've posted? (Rhetorical)

    I have to eat that amount for a variety of reasons. (High metabolism, genetics, activity level, etc.) And unfortunately it isn't short lived, I generally have to near 4500-5000 (historically) to see significant gains as far as weight is concerned but as I age that number drops and soon my activity level should drop as well.

    I don't shudder at the idea of too much protein as ultimately it will be deaminated and used for energy. But, meat is expensive and your body can't really synthesize much more than that into muscle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    Too much fat? You don't read well do you? My point was that it is to high in protein and too low in fat. Which I've said many times.

    I haven't added sarcastic it misguided replies, I have put snide remarks as a part of my posts only when they are in retaliation to certain posts.

    All of my replies have been me sharing my knowledge and have had many explanations as to why a 40/40/20 split is not ideal. Have you read anything I've posted? (Rhetorical)

    I have to eat that amount for a variety of reasons. (High metabolism, genetics, activity level, etc.) And unfortunately it isn't short lived, I generally have to near 4500-5000 (historically) to see significant gains as far as weight is concerned but as I age that number drops and soon my activity level should drop as well.

    I don't shudder at the idea of too much protein as ultimately it will be deaminated and used for energy. But, meat is expensive and your body can't really synthesize much more than that into muscle.
    I read just fine and I've read your replies. I was also speaking in general terms to include any argument against any ratio - you complain about one thing others may complain about others (i.e. fats, proteins, carbs...)

    Anyway you're arguing semantics - he did say "most."

    but I am curious about your macro numbers since I like to go a week or two of high cal diets (anabolic burst cycle diet). So let me/us know what works well for you. As someone who has to eat that many calories regularly I am sure you've dialed it in to work well. what foods choices do you make and what is your timing of meals. Please for God's sake add something to this instead of a counter-point/objection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonpaulevans View Post

    I read just fine and I've read your replies. I was also speaking in general terms to include any argument against any ratio - you complain about one thing others may complain about others (i.e. fats, proteins, carbs...)

    Anyway you're arguing semantics - he did say "most."

    but I am curious about your macro numbers since I like to go a week or two of high cal diets (anabolic burst cycle diet). So let me/us know what works well for you. As someone who has to eat that many calories regularly I am sure you've dialed it in to work well. what foods choices do you make and what is your timing of meals. Please for God's sake add something to this instead of a counter-point/objection.
    180g Protein
    356g Carbs
    198g Fat

    Those are my daily goals. Sometimes I get a little higher in protein and lower in carbs. This will be upped by another 3-500 kCal when I come back from the field and I will get most of the additional kCal from Carbs.

    My food choices vary but my staples are:

    Chicken (thighs + breasts)
    Ground beef
    White rice
    Pasta
    EVOO
    Steak
    Whole Milk
    Potatoes (sometimes sweet but normally regular potatoes do fine)
    Eggs

    As long as I hit my macros I don't stress the sources as much. From a general health perspective I realize that the sources are more important than I care to stress but I don't have any noticeable lactose/gluten issues yet and I try to enjoy my food. As far as a physique/performance aspect goes, I don't notice much of a difference as long as the macros are hit but I'm also not a physique competitor (or trainee for that matter)

    Meal timing is mostly irrelevant. I eat 4-5 times a day, mostly out of convenience. I'm allowed a certain time for breakfast and lunch so those are the same everyday, all other meals are based upon the time I get off work/time I get out of the gym.
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