Ratio of carb-protein-fat
There are a lot of different opinions out there about the recommended ratio of carbohydrates-protein-fat in a typical day's worth of calories (ie: 60/30/10; 50/30/20; 30/50/20). For the average adult client (non athlete) what do you recommend as the ratio between carbohydrates-protein-fat?
Beyond the ratio, my recommendations are to eat nutrient-rich foods with high fiber content, healthy fats and lean sources of protein. What I DO NOT recommend is a diet high in protein.
The typical American dinner plate was 1/2 plate of meat, 1/4 plate of starch, and 1/4 plate of vegetables.
The "New American Plate" includes 1/2 plate of vegetables, 1/4 plate of meat, and 1/4 plate of starch.
To estimate what your clients' daily portions should be, you and your clients go to the My Pyramid Web site ( www.mypyramid.gov). By entering their age, gender, height, weight,and activity level, the Web site can approximate how much they should eat for healthy weight loss.
There several Web sites that you and your clients can use to analyse their food and exercise log. Some Web sites charge a fee or give unhealthy weight loss recommendations A fre Web site with sound advice is My Pyramid Tracker ( www.mypyramidtracker.gov).
You always have to take in their weight, desired weight, and goals.
For clients, I suggest healthy ranges of 45-65% carbohydrates, 15-25% protein, and 20-35% from fat.