I'm currently 201 lbs. My goal is to be 215 by the end of the year (probably a bit too ambitious, but I'm swinging for the fence).
So going through the nutrition side of it, with my goal of 215 lbs, that means my target macros are
Carbs - 298g
Protein - 322g
Fat - 107g
Total cal = 3,450
So, at the end of the day today, I've been dead on for both carbs & protein. But I found I was about 50g short on fat. Which I thought was cool at first, until I realized I was 450 cal short for the day.
I'm not going to go spooning lard into my mouth to consume pure fat, so it put me in a spot where I had to go over on carbs to hit total calories (I chose ice cream). My question is: Is hitting total calories a higher priority than perfectly hitting the macros for the day?
"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell." ~ C.S. Lewis
Yes.Is hitting total calories a higher priority than perfectly hitting the macros for the day?
My priorities are:
3.) Everything else
That's why I love meat. It really boosts the protein and calories.
I agree with DR and OR. The ONLY thing I focus on is calories and protein. Carbs and fat just fill the rest of the calories. The only exception is ensuring you get a minimum of essential fat (fish oil) and enough carbs to fuel lifting and brain function (~100g). Other than that the specific amounts and percentages of carbs and fat isn't necessary.