[quote]Professor X wrote:
I’m not going to get into specific food choices. With that amount of work you are going to need a lot of calories. I suggest you begin at 20 calories per pound of bodyweight and proceed from there. (my guess is you will require more) I believe with that level of endurance work you can push the percentage of carbohydrate to 50% of total calories. Your protein should be at least 1 gram per pound (many would suggest up to 2, and they may be correct). Do not be foolish and avoid red meat, it should be a daily staple in your diet. Supplements should represent no more than 25% of your total calorie intake. [/quote]
You do this a lot…give ultra-specific advice to people who you know very little about.
Really? 50% carbs? Based on what? Why not 60?
This guy is running CROSS COUNTRY and SWIMMING. How many big cross country guys have you seen lately?
Were they swimming?
I am all for giving good advice, but let’s be real here…you don’t know enough about this guy.[/quote]
The situation as presented provides more than adequate information to provide specific ‘starting points’, and I never implied that they are more than that. It is common; perhaps routine that endurance athletes comsume a higher percentage of calories from carbohydrates (and yes he may need to eventually push it up to 60%).
If he had asked if people think it is possible to add muscle while maintaining that level of conditioning work, my answer would have been different. Although you and I agree about more than we disagree(I don’t like zercher stuff either…LOL); our styles are very different. What you frequently call a limit, I’d call a target or short term goal. We are all different, but we aren’t that different.
The advice I provide has proven to be effective over and over again, countless times. Ultimately the goal is for the individual to ‘become intimate with themselves’ and take ownership of the program. I stand behind my suggestions. Nothing radical in my advice to the OP, just basic ‘starting line’ stuff.