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FDA's RDV of P,F,C's

Hey everyone,

I was bored so I decided I was going to try and figure out the recommended amounts for fat, protein and carbs based off the 2000 calorie diet which the FDA basis all the nutrition labels on.

After some math I found that they recommend consuming 65g of fat, 300g of carbs, and 53.75g protein (or 585 cal. of fat, 1200 cal of carbs, and 215 cal of protein)

all of which breaks down to:
30% fat
60% carbs
10% protein

after i figured all this out I decided I would look up why they chose those percentages…I then found a page on the FDA’s website which actually explains the nutrition label pretty well … (too bad I didn’t look for that before I wasted my time with all that math)

anyways,…their reason for these percentages is…

“This level was chosen, in part, because it approximates the caloric requirements for postmenopausal women. This group has the highest risk for excessive intake of calories and fat.”

now my question…

since I am not a postmenopausal woman ( I am a 23 year old college man who is trying to train for an amateur bodybuilding show) what percentages should I use…and if you know, do you have any research that you could share to help me in my quest?

my stats:
23 years old
69 inches tall
185 lbs

btw, if anyone is interested the site which I found is located at

http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/foodlabel/newlabel.html

thanks all
-Boz

anyone have any insight on this at all?

[quote]bozbot wrote:
anyone have any insight on this at all?
[/quote]

Search feature.

RDAs/RDVs are mostly insane…

Go with something more like 35% protein, 40% carbs, and 25% fats.

Have you bothered to read any of the nutrition articles on this site?

[quote]ChrisKing wrote:
Have you bothered to read any of the nutrition articles on this site?[/quote]

I’m a casual reader of this site…I figured out something on my own and was wondering if anyone had some thoughts on it. One of the main reasons was to get some links to do some actual readings of research…not the articles on this site. (don’t get me wrong I love reading the articles here but there is too much conflicting information)

I understand you guys think you know it all, and seem to have plenty of time to read every article on this site and time to flame me but I don’t. I was just hoping somebody could hook me up with some info.

honestly when i joined this site I was so excited that I would have a place to learn something but it seems like you guys are just up on your high horse and think that you cant help out someone who is new in the biz…

last time I make the mistake of asking a legitimate question here…

[quote]bozbot wrote:
ChrisKing wrote:
Have you bothered to read any of the nutrition articles on this site?

I’m a casual reader of this site…I figured out something on my own and was wondering if anyone had some thoughts on it. One of the main reasons was to get some links to do some actual readings of research…not the articles on this site. (don’t get me wrong I love reading the articles here but there is too much conflicting information)

I understand you guys think you know it all, and seem to have plenty of time to read every article on this site and time to flame me but I don’t. I was just hoping somebody could hook me up with some info.

honestly when i joined this site I was so excited that I would have a place to learn something but it seems like you guys are just up on your high horse and think that you cant help out someone who is new in the biz…

last time I make the mistake of asking a legitimate question here…[/quote]

There’s nothing wrong with being a casual reader or asking questions. The reason you received the responses that you did is that your question revealed that you didn’t put any effort to find answers when there are so many articles on this topic on this site.

As far as articles “conflicting,” it’s because no one has all the answers. There’s much that’s not known about the human body. Anyone who claims to have all the answers is full of BS. One of the great things about T-Nation is that they allow different theories to be published. It’s up to each individual to weight the different opinions, experiment, and decide what’s best for them.

I think one thing that we all agree on is that you should be getting at least 1g of protein per lb of lean mass. The amount of carbs depends on how well you handle them. The rest of your calories will be fat.

well i appreciate you at least being civil about it…I have seen how some people are treated on this site and I was a little on guard…

I should rephrase my original question…
does anyone have any reliable/intelligent non-T-Nation sources that could point me in the right direction…

Thanks
-Boz