What exactly is the 40\40\20 diet I keep reading about?

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    What exactly is the 40\40\20 diet I keep reading about?


    Im thinking of doing the CKD diet but you guys keep mentioning the 40\40\20 diet. What is it exactly?

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    Basically in a nutshell, it is 40% Protein, 40% Carbs, & 20% Fat
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    I know BoBo is an advocate of this correct? Is it as simple of knowing your bmf and keeping to these calculations while keeping the carbs clean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UNDERTAKER
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhferry
    Is it as simple of knowing your bmf and keeping to these calculations while keeping the carbs clean?
    You need to figure out your BMR and take into account your daily activities then use that figure to factor in the amount of protein, carbs & fat. Diet should be clean using mostly low gi carbs, lean meats, and EFAs. You would need to adjust the calorie number to suit what you are trying to do (bulking/cutting) and also to adjust to your body as the BMR is only a guide and it will vary from person to person.

    Here is a good BMR tool. http://michaelandkendra.com/BMRCALC/bmrcalc.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhferry
    Im thinking of doing the CKD diet but you guys keep mentioning the 40\40\20 diet. What is it exactly?
    I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong. I think it was originally developed, at least in some form, by Dr. Barry Sears. The purpose is to maintain insulin levels in an optimal "Zone" hence the name. Regardless, many MD's now recommend this macro breakdown for both IDDM & NIDDM. Clean lower gi carbs are the backbone.
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    It's also recommended by Hugo Rivera, among others.
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    This is what I love about this forum. Someone asks a question, you have limited info yourself, you then seek to more info for your own edification and find all sorts of fun stuff.
    Here is a page with a bunch of stuff and recipes to boot.

    http://www.drsears.com/drsearspages/index.jsp
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    Hate to bump up my own old thread...

    I used the bmr calc and the figures it gave me were 55% protein, 35% carbs and 10% protein. Is this correct for the 40/40/20? Its a bit confusing. Which should I follow?
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    You have to change the %'s at the bottom. Put in 40% 40% 20% your self and then you'll get the right numbers.
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