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Tank23
08-06-2002, 03:34 AM
i'm doing a 40c/30f/30p caloric split. 30% of 3500 cals equals 262g of protein. Is this just a waste of protein? I've read that the optimal amount of protein is 1g/pound of bw, which would be 160g for me. Should I lower this protein intake, I rarely hit this amount, usually end up taking in about 200-230g or so.

gopher
08-06-2002, 04:35 AM
Only if you want to slow down your muscle gains. 260 grams of Protein is fine.
BTW if you lower your calories from one of the macronutrients and do not lower the others you are no longer doing a 40/30/30.
If you want to follow a ratio type diet you need to calculate how many calories you need then stick to those ratios.

Tank23
08-06-2002, 04:54 AM
i've been trying to stick to the ratios, but it's hard to get that much protein in, and I always tend to go over the carb limit, but easily remain under the fat limit

ericg
08-06-2002, 06:51 AM
when i was strict with my diet i was eating about 270g and didnt feel like i was pissing money away. FYI i was cutting.

eat up bro!!

Shao-LiN
08-06-2002, 07:23 AM
Shouldn't be that hard. Increase the amount of protein you eat, lower the carbs, hehe. I usually follow the 1.5 - 2 x body weight equation for protein.

Tank23
08-06-2002, 07:41 AM
ok thanks alot fellas. I just wanted to be sure that i wasn't eating so much protein for nothing. what are all your carb intakes like when you bulk?

MRJ
08-06-2002, 05:33 PM
If you eat adequate carbs. there is not much benefit to protein intake (unless you just enjoy a lot of meat and such) above the customary 1g/1lb.

Some state an intake of 1g/1lb. (of lean mass) or 1g/1kg is adequate.

I simply stay at or above the 1g/1lb. equation, as some of the proteins I consume are not complete sources.

After a dieting-down phase I reintroduce carbs. SLOWLY back into the diet until a ratio of appriximately 2g/1lb. is acheived, then settle down.

I keep an eye on my weight and my fat storage and adjust accrdingly when required. Hard to see thos abs disappear a bit, though, for sure.