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July 25, 2012 9:57 AM
Has anyone got advice on balancing calories, carbs, fat and protein? Is it important to be on or near the suggested targets or should the focus be on calories?

Thank you.
July 25, 2012 10:04 AM
i personally, prefer 40/30/30, to what MFP suggests. if you just want to lose weight then its all about the calories but if you want to eat healthily try to get a good balance of carbs, protein and fat. I'd only change the MFP settings if the red numbers are bothering you :D
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January 9, 2013 9:29 AM
I`d like to loose weight as well but keep a healthy lean muscle definition. However, today for example, i put in all my meals , and am 400 cal under my daily goal and most of it comes from carbs that I need to add (85g) ; my goals for protein and fat are already reached. What foods would you suggest that has mainly slow carbs and no fat or protein ? Or do I "have" to add the remaining 400 cal ? I dont want to create an imbalance that will mess my weight loss up.
January 9, 2013 9:30 AM
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/845000-whats-a-caloire
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January 9, 2013 9:31 AM
I focus on getting macro's close but mainly targeting that daily calorie goal.
Pre-planning meals helps.
Edited by Bobby__Clerici On January 9, 2013 9:31 AM
January 9, 2013 9:34 AM
I try to do a 40/30/30 split as well (c/f/p)
January 9, 2013 9:36 AM
QUOTE:

I`d like to loose weight as well but keep a healthy lean muscle definition. However, today for example, i put in all my meals , and am 400 cal under my daily goal and most of it comes from carbs that I need to add (85g) ; my goals for protein and fat are already reached. What foods would you suggest that has mainly slow carbs and no fat or protein ? Or do I "have" to add the remaining 400 cal ? I dont want to create an imbalance that will mess my weight loss up.


Shrimp, tuna, chicken breast and protein whey are examples. When I upped my protein with this problem I started adding protein whey to my coffee instead of creamer that offered no nutritional value.drinker
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January 9, 2013 9:40 AM
QUOTE:

I focus on getting macro's close but mainly targeting that daily calorie goal.
Pre-planning meals helps.


QFT!! My macros are set to 40c/40p/20f.
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January 9, 2013 9:43 AM
QUOTE:

I`d like to loose weight as well but keep a healthy lean muscle definition. However, today for example, i put in all my meals , and am 400 cal under my daily goal and most of it comes from carbs that I need to add (85g) ; my goals for protein and fat are already reached. What foods would you suggest that has mainly slow carbs and no fat or protein ? Or do I "have" to add the remaining 400 cal ? I dont want to create an imbalance that will mess my weight loss up.


I personally think mfp is low on their protein macro...I try to aim for 1g protein for each pound of body weight. 40/30/30 targets that almost perfectly for me. You can set your own macros by going to "goals" and clicking custom.
January 9, 2013 9:57 AM
what is 40/30/30?
January 9, 2013 10:08 AM
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what is 40/30/30?


40 % of calories from Carbs, 30% from protein and 30% from fat.

Carbs and protein are 4 calories per gram. Fat is 9.
So a 2000 calorie diet would be 800 calories from carbs, 600 from protein, 600 from fat. That works out to 200 g of carbs, 150 g of protein and 67g of fat.


ETA - I also follow 40/30/30. I am not usually right on. I try to hit my protein goal and be reasonably close with the others.
Edited by 3dogsrunning On January 9, 2013 10:12 AM
January 9, 2013 10:18 AM
Thanks for you suggestion of resetting, sarahc001...where can I find "goals" on my mobile app?
I appreciate your help.
Edited by TheWalkingWahine On January 9, 2013 10:21 AM
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January 9, 2013 10:21 AM
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Thanks for this...where can I find "goals" on my mobile app?
I appreciate your help.


I just checked my app. I can't seem to see a way to do it on there. I could be missing it. I always just do it online. Sorry.
But once it's changed you can see it on a pie chart under "Daily" which I like.
January 9, 2013 10:25 AM
Thanks...I'll try to do it online later!
So nice of you to help me out :-)
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January 9, 2013 10:28 AM
i always try to stay with in my calories and sugars. protein, i always go over.
January 9, 2013 10:37 AM
First, the main objective is to be in a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. However, putting focus on getting macro's close is certainly beneficial and all boils down to what an individual's goals are. In general, I recommend 35% carbs, 40% protein and 25% fat.
January 9, 2013 10:44 AM
Also, in order for you to change this, you will need to go under "My Home" tab and then click on "Goals". At that point you would click in the circle that says "Customize" and then click "Change Goals". From there you will be able to change your ratios for your proteins, fats and carbs.
January 9, 2013 11:18 AM
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Thanks for you suggestion of resetting, sarahc001...where can I find "goals" on my mobile app?
I appreciate your help.


Sorry, I just saw this, and notice you have an answer. Good luck!

Btw I also usually just try to make sure I hit or exceed my protein.
January 9, 2013 11:23 AM
Thank you! You are all so helpful!
I was able to go online and set 40/30/30.
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