Need help...high fat instead of high protein?

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eva_letsdance
eva_letsdance Posts: 2,731 Member
hi,

I started a new low carb challenge. I was told to eat lean protein and no dairy and low carbs. I am noticing that more of the low carbers are going high fat. I still dont know how much fat vs protein i should be consuming. Pls help!!!! Thanks!

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  • deksgrl
    deksgrl Posts: 7,237 Member
    edited July 2015
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    Set your carb goal first. Then set your protein goal, for an average woman, 100 grams is usually sufficient. The rest is fat.

    There is a calculator that can help you set goals, let me look for the link.

    Edit: here is the calculator link- http://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/
  • eva_letsdance
    eva_letsdance Posts: 2,731 Member
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    I forgot to mention that I also excercise every day. Cardio 4 times and strenght training 3 times per week. Thanks
  • wabmester
    wabmester Posts: 2,748 Member
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    Why are you doing this challenge?

    Most people feel like crap for the first week because they do it without any research. You'll need a bunch of sodium in your diet if you want to avoid feeling like crap.

    But then you'll still feel like somebody kicked your butt if you try to do intense exercise in the first few weeks.

    Start here:
    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10103966/start-here-the-lcd-launch-pad
  • eva_letsdance
    eva_letsdance Posts: 2,731 Member
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    I am doing the challenge to accelerate my weight loss and to stay motivated. I have been increasing my sodium and it has not been all that bad. I am on day 3. I find that I cant do my exercises as well. But, i am doing higher protein, moderate fat and low carbs. I have just been reading from other users that they do high fat. I will read it. Thanks!
  • deksgrl
    deksgrl Posts: 7,237 Member
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    You will still have an adjustment period to the low carb, even with high fat. It can take a couple of weeks before you are able to exercise strenuously.
  • eva_letsdance
    eva_letsdance Posts: 2,731 Member
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    Ok thanks
  • GaleHawkins
    GaleHawkins Posts: 8,160 Member
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    I had a real issue getting protein down and fats up at first because I was knocking myself out of ketosis on protein. In time I figured things out. LCHF was a totally new mindset and ran counter to my prior 63 years of eating.

    My adjustment period took months to gain strength but physically I was in very poor health when I cold turkey left carbs the first of Oct 2014. The kids would help me in out of the car if I had sat for a couple hours.

    The nice thing about LCHF one can fine tune the diet over months or even years as long as one is moving towards better health through better eating. For you in the 20-40 age group I know you can get away with eating foods that goes against you health but please find a version of low carb eating that you can live with for the rest of your life and do it now. Keep in mind low carb is an eating lifestyle is not a religion so mix it up so. At one point I would stress if I went somewhere and ate something that knocked me out of ketosis.

    Now I just learn from it and keep moving forward. Pot luck meals are wild cards but I have learned how to eat low carb at those kinds of events. I do not even go up to the dessert table but might over do it on like cooked cabbage an unknown food like a Mexican dish, etc from time to time.

    Because in the first 30 days of LCHF my arthritis pain level went down from a 7-8 range to 2-3 as long as I keep my mind I will not go back to living on carbs. There are many other reasons but that one is enough.
  • Sharbysyd
    Sharbysyd Posts: 39 Member
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    I started out 2 years ago doing low carb. I had read that there was an experiment (I think it was in Why We Get Fat) where 2 men ate only meat for a year and had no bad health effects. So I often didn't try to get veggies and often just ate meat for a meal. Then I slipped into eating more carbs for a few months. Not going back to regular eating but eating things with breading on them sometimes and some other carby things.

    I started to feel off and I woke up a few times during the night feeling extremely sick and it really scared me. I didn't know what was going on. I went to the after hour physician and they didn't find anything wrong. I did a bunch of research and found out that it's not really good to eat more protein and it's actually better to eat high fat, moderate protein, low carb. I think what was happening to me was blood sugar imbalances, possibly reactive hypoglycemia from too much protein. If you eat too much protein, it turns to sugar. Plus I think eating more carby things also affected my sugar.

    So that's why I have been recently trying to transition to high fat, mod protein, low carb. Good luck. Try to learn as much as you can so you can do it right. There are plenty of Youtube videos if you don't want to read up on it.
  • Sharbysyd
    Sharbysyd Posts: 39 Member
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    Forgot to mention that when I was watching a video today by feliciannurse, she said to set the goals of MyFitnessPal to 75% fat, 20% protein, 5% carbs so that's what I did today.
  • eva_letsdance
    eva_letsdance Posts: 2,731 Member
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    Thank you sooo much for all the comments. I have been reading so much about this the last few years and i keep finding debats which one is better. I will try moderate protein, low carb and higher fat. I honestly believe that cutting out high carb, alcohol and dairy will make a huge difference along with my excercises. :)