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Protein > CarbsBig C
May 28, 2002 12:19 PM
In some posts, I've seen references to ensuring that the amount of proteins are greater than carbs. Is this true? I know everyone is different - just looking for a guideline...

I also know that I was using whey protein and started to gain weight (bad for me) so I am curious what is the best approach. What's the easiest way to track it?
re: Protein & Carbsbrider
May 28, 2002 1:29 PM
I think you've been looking at some rather fringe posts on nutrition. No matter what the ratio of protein and carbs and fat, if you take in more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. Whey protein is a good after-workout drink, as it absorbs pretty quickly. The best way to go there would probably be a mixture of whey and casiene (sp?) for slower absorption. For endurance sports of any kind, you're probably going to be in the neighborhood of 50% carbs, 35% protein, 15% fat.
strength athletes, yes; endurance athletes, no.weiwentg
May 28, 2002 4:32 PM
save the whey protein for post-ride - you don't even necessarily need it, but it's good. what brider said about nutrient ratios is roughly right; I've seen recommendations of up to 70% carbs, but it would depend on your training and physiology.
if you're gaining weight, cut back on calories a bit.
May 29, 2002 4:12 PM
Your body is fueled by carbohydrates. Protein is needed for muscle repair, but you don't need that much. About 15% of your daily calories should come from protein, and that will be adequate to rebuild your muscle and other functions. Than take another 60% from carbs, and 25% from fat, and you should be right on. Edurance athetes and strength athletes need more protein than the average couch potatoe, but over the 15% ratio of total calories (you also eat more due to training loads, so you get more through this ratio) you get all you need. Above that ratio, you just don't have enough testosterone to bind the aminos in actin and myosin, so the excess just gets burned inefficiently as fuel. Using protein as a fuel is also hard on nitrogen balance, the kidneys, and puts you in a ketonic state. There are a lot of people out there pushing higher protein diets, but the scientific evidence argues with them. The whey protein is fine, but it's also an expensive way to get your daily requirements of protein. You could get all you need from food sources pretty easily and cheaply. Protein supplementation isn't needed unless your diet is very lacking, which isn't likely.