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Fire in the furnace

Been burning my brain over the carb/protein/fat ratio thing I mentioned in my last post.  The 40/30/30 plan was highly promoted by Dr. Barry Sears in the "Zone Diet" several years ago.  But check out the following post, which I located on a message board this morning:

"For endurance athletes i.e. marathoners, tri-athletes, etc and most in-season sports we'll go to a higher carbohydrate 55-65% protein and fat will be 15-20%. Weight loss can do 50-25-25 and maybe even go to a 40-30-30. Weight maintence seems to work best at 50-25-25. Weight gain definitely works best at 50-25-25. But these are all guidelines and everyone is different. Key is to make sure there is enough carbohydrate available to keep up energy levels, provide all needed nutritients ie. vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, as well as, help protein to be utilized properly."

Danielle LaFata, MA, RD, CPT
Performance Nutritionist/Education Specialist

Thanks I'm working with a bit more margin.   It really is about maintaining, losing or gaining weight and the amount of coal you're throwing in the furnace.

I had my body fat tested at 4% yesterday...more on that soon.


  1. 4% BF? Wow, that is low! I'm working on getting a good nutritional balance, but eating nuts or some other high fat good thing can really throw a day out of whack, so I don't stress about it too much. Yet.


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