I am thinking of doing the Big breakfast, Med Lunch, Small dinner and working the carbs the same way (very few in evening) Whole grains and Potatoes as the main sources aside from veggies.
First off, if diet adherence has been an issue for you in the past, I wouldn’t do this. I personally find dieting easier if I save the bulk of my calories and carbs for later in the day, as late night cravings or going to bed hungry is wayyy harder for me to avoid otherwise.
Also, while low-carb is a viable option for many, it’s in no need necessary or better, just a different approach. Carbs are cheaper, I’d say use them now and as the diet goes along inevitably you’ll have to lower them. I agree with Pwolves, and a calorie IS a calorie. It’s a unit of measurement, saying otherwise is like saying a centimeter isn’t a centimeter. However, hitting ones macros with MICRONutriently dense food will be better for health, satiety, and overall energy levels long term likely.
If money really is tight, and you’re really 30% BF, I’d even say eating a little less than protein than 1g per pound of BW wouldn’t hinder body comp improvement at all in the beginning. Just consistently hitting something like:
consistently for a week or so, just to see what your true maintenance is, would give you a good place to start from IMO [/quote]
In terms of dietary intake a calorie <> a calorie. Fiber has calories, but your body get no energy from them. A calorie of protein actually provides less energy to the body than a calorie of sugar. Calorie in terms of the amount of energy released when a food is literally burned is always a calorie. But calories in terms of the energy retrieved from food by the human body is not equal to that and is different for different types of calories. This also ignores the fact that the different types also effect things like cell metabolism in different ways meaning the differences are compounded even further when you talk about calories in terms of energy balance.
There is also some research out there showing that different approaches are most certainly better for certain people. There are drastically different dieting results for low carb vs low fat in people who are insulin resistive. Basically people who are in shape can diet either way, but if you are really out of shape the odds are you are far better off low carb.