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Ratios and Calories

Last night I was a little low on my fat/carb/protein ratio. In fact I was almost 33% of each (because I went and had a few beers, not a regular occurrence). I was already at about 2200-2400 kcals for today (didn’t work out so that is my maintenance reqs) I wanted to get more protein so I went out to my local 24/7 grocery store and picked up a bunch of chicken strips and chicken salad (checked the nutrition facts). I ended up eating about 500kcal and boosting my protein levels to 38%

I am trying to build strength while losing fat, so I know I need to have better ratios, but was it ok to eat more to get those ratios or should I have just let it go for the day?

It’s a DAY and ratios don’t count as much as total caloric amount and total protein amount.

[quote]BrickHead wrote:
It’s a DAY and ratios don’t count as much as total caloric amount and total protein amount. [/quote]

^^ This

It’s really more important what, how much, and the consistency of what you put in your mouth. The ratios really aren’t that big of a deal at least for someone who isn’t at competition level.

I’ve ate relatively balanced diet (between 33/33/33 p/f/c and 40/40/20 p/f/c) since January and during that time I lost 30lbs by decreasing the amount of food and have begun putting on weight at about 8lbs in the past 5 weeks with no issues by eating more food. I have begun to up carbs a little bit more since I’m probably about at my max fat range (80-110g) I want to intake.