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
You probably do but it’s hard to say exactly without knowing your goals.
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.
Gus, it is so important to understand why we need carbohydrates in our diet. Rather than tell you how carbs you need to have in your diet, I think it is important for you to know that carbohydrates serves as a fuel source in order for your body to produce a chemical that is critical to stay alive called ATP.
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..