Was hoping I might get some real-world forum advice on how to best use the T-Dawg diet. I’m a 185-pound guy with an extremely fast metabolism and have to eat carefully to keep hard-fought muscle gains. My goal isn’t to get massive, but to put on 10 pounds or so and get lean up gradually. I’m no saint, but eat fairly clean, keep a detailed food log and train hard.
As it relates to T-Dawg, I’m trying to figure out if it will help accomplish the goals I laid out above. If it does, I’m struggling with some of the caloric guidelines that the diet details. Specifically, I’m having a hard time with the math of how you can get the required daily calories with the gram/day protein and carb guidance the diet prescribes. Take the example given of a 200-pound man with daily needs of 3,000 calories per day. According T-Dawg v2, he should eat 300g/day in protein (1.5x body weight) and as much as 100g/day in carbs. By my math, this translates into 1,200 calories per day in protein and 400 calories per day in carbs. Thus, to get to the 3,000 calories per day that this guy would eat during the “break-in” phase of the diet, he would need to eat 1,400 calories per day in fat, or roughly 155g.
Maybe I’m thinking about this wrong, but at that level of fat intake, my alarm bells start going off. Just seems off. I’ve actually had my BMR tested and that same 3,000 calories per day “maintenance” intake is exactly what I need. On top of that, I’m burning at least 500 calories per day in the gym. Thus, using the guidelines in T-Dawg, I’d need to eat 280g protein, 100g carbs and 164g fat to put myself at a 500 calorie per day deficit (for me, 3,000 calories). So, either this is right or I need to eat more protein or more carbs to consume less fat.
Appreciate any thoughts….