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SilkyJ
07-07-2009, 05:53 PM
Okay, so I've started to understand calories, protein, carbs, and fat in relation to cutting and bulking diets.

But what about calories from fat, sodium, sugar, fiber, etc? What do I need to be watching for in regards to my daily intake while either cutting or bulking? How important are those things? What are their effects?

Also, what about the different types of fats? (saturated, trans, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated)

I don't necessarily need a comprehensive science lesson on this, just want to know what I should be looking out for.

Mercuryblade
07-07-2009, 06:13 PM
http://www.wannabebig.com/diet-and-nutrition/you-are-what-you-eat-part-i
http://www.wannabebig.com/diet-and-nutrition/you-are-what-you-eat-part-2/
http://www.wannabebig.com/diet-and-nutrition/7-habits-of-highly-effective-nutritional-programs/

Read those. If you still have any questions feel free to ask.

BFGUITAR
07-07-2009, 11:36 PM
Okay, so I've started to understand calories, protein, carbs, and fat in relation to cutting and bulking diets.

But what about calories from fat, sodium, sugar, fiber, etc? What do I need to be watching for in regards to my daily intake while either cutting or bulking? How important are those things? What are their effects?

Also, what about the different types of fats? (saturated, trans, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated)

I don't necessarily need a comprehensive science lesson on this, just want to know what I should be looking out for.

It's good you know you need to do some reading.

Sodium does not have any caloric value. Neither does fiber (to an extent). Sodium has many functions in the body. Generally speaking, you do not need to add any salt to your diet. Keep it as low as possible. With fiber, don't go nuts but try and get in a good amount. Makes simple decisions like whole wheat instead of white to add to the daily amount of fiber.

The three macro nutrients include carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Carbohydrates can be divided in to two categories. Simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates include sugars. Complex includes rice, bread, grains... Sugar is good before and after a workout while grains can be eaten all day.

Fats can be divided into polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated. Saturated fats come from animals. Monounsaturated fats come from olive oil and seeds. Polyunsaturated fats come from fish, seeds, and nuts. Try to have a 1:1:1 ratio.

Proteins are made of units called amino acids. There are roughly 20 of them found in nature. Proteins from animals are better for our purposes then from grains or legumes. Try to have 1g/lb of bodyweight every day.