Should I go out of my way to get more carbs into my diet?
I am currently in "cutting" phase of my workout routine and consuming a lot of lean protein and low fat foods. I try very hard to maintain a 20/40/40 ration (fat/carbs/protein) however due to the types of food I eat I am always low on my carb intake. I try to consume 1mg of protein per body pound during this time and my percentages usually come out 17/27/56.
Real Quick Diet Example
Breakfast - egg whites and oatmeal
Snack - protein shake and fruit
Lunch - chicken breast and veggie
Snack - protein shake
Snack - Tuna can
Dinner - Chicken breast, brown rice and veggie
Yes = Then you do want to make getting more carbohydrates into your diet a priority. According to the diet you listed (17/27/56), your body has already begun to utilize protein for fuel along side the fat and carbs. Without the increase in carbohydrate intake you'll look flat and saggy.
No = Then definitely "go out of your way" to increase carbohydrate consumption. More than likely, you would like to walk around at your "peak" most of the time and not just for the week. Most human diets are better off with carbohydrates being the most consumed macronutrient. Around 50% would keep the body healthily active AND alert.
Either way, try mixing a little with every protein you consume and your body won't be trained to eat itself as fuel.
During our waking hours our body uses primarily carbohydrates as a fuel source in order to keep us alive and moving. In the world of fitness and health is called the master food.
Rather than me tell you how much carbs you should eat (which if my memory serve me right is about 55-65% of your total calories) I would say really understand why we need that vital macronutrient..
As has already been stated, carbs are extremely important to our body and our brain's ability to function. I have also heard reports of athletes not getting enough carbs and their performance suffers. Again, it looks low but we need to know what your ultimately aiming for.
I would suggest thinking in terms of wholesome, balanced, complex carbs such as black rice, sweet potatoes, yams, whole grain, dense foods.
Balanced intake will get you a better out take
The more carbs you eat the more effective your body will be as you workout.