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
Okay, your senario is incredibly common. It would be helpful to know if you are a competitive body builder or just following the routine of one. If:
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.