you are getting too much protein, you body cannot utilize 2-3 grams per lb. Try around 1-1.5g. carbs are fine as long as they are from natural sources like green vegetables. May you should try carb cycling.
The RDA for endurance athletes is 1.2-1.4g per kg, while the RDA for strength athletes is 1.6-1.8g per kg body weight. Using protein for energy is fine, excess protein beyond what is needed for the building of body tissues either has its CC bonds broken for immediate energy, transformed through gluconeogenisis, or made into fats for storage. Using protein for energy is fine, in fact it is less efficient than using fats or carbohydrates for energy, so through the thermic effect of food you get fewer net calories out of it.
1-1.5g per LB of bodyweight is fucking horse shit, even the RDA is way above that. The RDA for “normal” people is .8g/kg body weight.
Don’t be afraid of carbs, you are lean,unless you have gotten fat since I last saw you; just don’t go overboard. If you are still afraid of carbs time them around your workouts and in the morning. As for fats, stick to the healthy ones, the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, especially the omega-3 variety. I don’t feel like getting into another argument with the guy that fully believes that eating boatloads of saturated fats is healthy, so stick to lean meats, low fat dairy, almonds, natural peanut butter, etc. Get the amount of protein that you want, add in the carbs that you are comfortable with, and let the fats take you to your daily caloric goal.[/quote]
Do you understand how kilos work? 1 kilo is 2.2 lbs. This means a 220 lb athlete weighs 100 kilos. The RDAs are WAY low. Even the top RDA of 1.8g per kilo yields 180 grams of protein for the 220 lb guy. Obviously less than 1g per lb of bodyweight. As far as 1g per lb, it’s really not too low. But neither is 1.75g too high. Anything in that range is appropriate in my view. I err on the higher side and typically get 1.5g per lb when dieting and 1.75 g per lb when maintaining or gaining.