So lately I’ve been interested into jump starting my metabolize because I’ve been like a yo-yo on the scale with the same 3 lbs up & down I’ve decided that I want to count calories but still keep my low carb values.
Thanks to my lovely, beautiful friend, whom I call a Skinny Biatch with warm intentions, she has had great success with simple sticking to her calories for the day. She’s such an inspiration and a great friend that I dedicate this blog post to her and all your skinny biatch friends that are there to support you and encourage you to continue on your weight loss journey or any other journey that you are on. You all know who you are Skinny B. 🙂
So this past week I’ve been sick with the flu which always has me craving comfort food and at the same time I began to count calories and increase my carb intake but I’m not throwing in the towel on the whole low carb bandwagon, I’m simply enjoying some complex carbs as in more fruit and some forbidden low carb veggies, (potatoes, beets, squash etc) and steel cut oats etc.
Since I’m going back to counting calories and stay low carb, well I want to know my macronutrient breakdown should be for a low carb diet.
Well to make things simple I came across this awesome macronutrient calculator.
You can chose from 4 different percentage breakdowns. I chose the Low Carb and to make it even more easier for myself I took those percentages for carbs, protein, fat and entered it in My Fitness Pal so it does all the work for me and notifies me if I go over etc.
Here’s what my Macros breakdown for a low carb diet with 1200 calories per day intake.
Carbs 25% (75 grams per day) (15 grams per meal)
Protein 45% (135 grams per day) (27 grams per meal)
Fat 30% (40 grams per day) (8 grams per meal)
I went even further and calculated what I need for 3 meals and 3 snacks for the day.
Meal 1: 300 calories (19g carbs, 34g protein, 10g fat)
Snack 1: 120 calories (8g carbs, 14g protein, 4g fat)
Meal 2: 300 calories (19g carbs, 34g protein, 10g fat)
Snack 2: 120 calories (8g carbs, 14g protein, 4g fat)
Meal 3: 240 calories (15g carbs, 27g protein, 8g fat)
Snack 3: 120 calories (8g carbs, 14g protein, 4g fat)
It’s a slow process since I’m carefully trying to hit my macros correctly but some days I’m spot on & others…not so much. I guess that’s why most fitness buffs do meal prep and eat pretty much the same thing everyday.
***Hint Hint*** I’m also looking into meal prep for the week…Stay tuned for an upcoming post.
Whether you’re trying to lose fat or gain muscle you’ll need to know what calories and macronutrients are, and how to balance them for your goals. Macronutrients are the compounds which provide us with energy.
There are three types of macronutrients which are: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. You have seen these names on the back of all nutrition labels, which also show the total calorie count. The basic caloric make up of protein and carbohydrates is 4 calories per gram, where fat is 9 calories per gram.
Protein 1 gram of protein = 4 calories
Protein is the primary building block of muscle made up of amino-acids. Since our bodies can’t make all of these amino acids, the essential amino acids have to be supplied through your diet and nutrition. Protein helps for muscle growth, tissue repair, and immune function.
High protein sources include meat, fish, milk, eggs and of course whey protein.
For a muscle building diets, a high protein diet is a must. A high protein diet will allow your body to be in a constant metabolic state where it’s able to repair and rebuild muscle tissue throughout the day.
Not having enough protein in your diet will only lead to sore muscles and very little to no progress in terms of strength, size, and overall progress. For bodybuilding and gaining muscle, it’s recommended to have 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. It’s that much easier when you just supplement with whey protein into your diet.
Carbohydrates 1 gram of carbs = 4 calories
The biggest myth was carbohydrates is that they make you fat. Carbs are the main source of fuel for our bodies, great for both short term and long term energy. There are exceptions, such as ketosis, where the body uses fat as a fuel source, but that’s not optimal for the long term. There are so many varieties of foods with (complex) carbs perfect for any diet, such as sweet potatoes, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat rice, and general whole wheat grains.
Carbohydrates are just as, if not more important than protein in bodybuilding and fitness. Carbohydrates are the fuel that give you energy for your workout, as well as making sure you have enough energy after your workout. If you’re just having protein without carbs post workout, your body is using protein as its main energy source. Basically, it’s a waste of protein.
Fat 1 gram of fat = 9 calories
People often fear fats, and think it’s bad for you or make you fat. That’s simply not true. There are diets focused on fat loss, such as the keto diet, which are primarily focused on fat and protein without carbs.
Fat is a major source of energy, and actually the most concentrated source of energy. Fat regulates hormone production, as well as absorbing fat soluble vitamins which are required to maintain good health. Fats also help normal growth and development, as well as testostorone.
Fat does not make you fat; eating over your daily caloric maintenance is what makes you fat. Some good fat sources are avocados, nuts, egg yolks, medium-chain triglycerides (coconut oil), and omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, and other fish), chia seeds, tofu and edamame. peanut butter, and cheese, but be careful as the total calories for fats do add up higher than you realize.