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August 24, 2012 7:22 PM
I'm pretty new at this and I'm having a very hard time figuring out what to set my "goals" at in terms of daily intake of carb/protein/fat. (I know how to make the changes, I just don't know what they *should* be.)

Right now, I'm consuming 1200 calories/day and MFP set my goals at 55% carb, 15% protein, and 30% fat. My current weight is 115.5 and my endpoint is going to be 110 lbs, I've lost about 11 pounds so far, over about a 3.5 month period.

From what I understand, I need to increase my protein intake *dramatically* to build muscle, which is what I need to do at this point. I'm beginning light weight training and doing cardio. I'm just very unclear on how much to increase it (daily grams) and what I should do with the carbs and fat percentages as well.

ANY information or guidance would be very much appreciated!
August 24, 2012 7:31 PM
Shoot to eat your body weight in protein every day. A spectrum of .8-1g protein per pound is good. For me that's about 55% of my calories.

Ideally shoot for 25% of your daily calories to come from GOOD fat. 20-30% is good.

Whatever's left over is carbs.
August 24, 2012 7:32 PM
I can only offer my personal opinion, but I know it's shared by others here and also recommended by Helloitsdan in this thread:

I have mine set to 40% carb, 30% protein, 30% fat. This gives me right about 1g protein per pound of LBM.
Edited by AnvilHead On August 24, 2012 7:33 PM
August 24, 2012 7:39 PM

The upper limit of a healthy diet puts you at 35% protein. I would recommend shooting for 20 to 25% protein for now. After you start training harder, increase that to aim for 25 to 30% protein.
Edited by MrsBioChem On August 24, 2012 7:46 PM
August 24, 2012 8:03 PM
Okay, this is great advice. Lots of excellent reading material that will help get me sorted out for sure.

Thank you everyone!!! flowerforyou

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