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    Post Beginner Tip - How to Set Your Target Meal Goals

    Bob Myhal
    With the warm weather arriving, Iíve been getting a ton of inquiries about setting up target calorie goals with the frequently recommended 40-30-30 ratio diet. When implemented properly, the 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein, and 30% fat nutritional program will help most people make significant progress in shedding excess pounds in the form of fat tissue.

    The gist of my variation on this program is relatively simple. You figure out your daily maintenance calorie requirements. That is, how many calories, given your level of activity, you need to consume to maintain your current weight.

    If you donít already have an idea of your maintenance calorie needs, one way to figure it out is to keep a calorie intake journal for 5-7 days. If your weight stays constant, then you simply divide the total calories consumed by the number of days and youíll get your daily intake. In general, the average 150 lbs. Person, who's moderately active, will need to consume about 2000-2250 calories to maintain their current weight.

    Once you have your maintenance level (letís say for example itís 2250 calories), get your calculator out and subtract 20% from that number to find your target level. So in our example itís 2250 Ė 20% = 1800.

    If we follow this example through, then you should shoot for 1800 total daily calories at a 40-30-30 ratio. Doing the math, youíll find that this translates into 720 calories from carbohydrates, 540 calories from protein, and 540 calories from fat.

    At this point, you need to remember that there are 4 calories in every gram of carbohydrate and 4 in every gram of protein, but there are 9 calories in every gram of fat.

    The next step is to translate your calorie intakes into gram amounts. 720 divided by 4 = 180 grams of carbohydrates. 540 divided by 4 = 135 grams of protein. And 540 divided by 9 = 60 grams of fat.

    The final step is to take your gram numbers and divide by the total number of meals you can fit in per day (should be in the 4-6 meals range). Weíll use 5 meals per day as our example.

    So our final numbers end up being 36 grams of carbohydrates, 27 grams of protein, and about 12 grams of fat. These are your target numbers for each meal you eat. Of course, you may not be able to end up exactly on target each time, but you should use these numbers as solid guidelines.

    Iíve found with many clients that using meal replacements and/or 40-30-30 nutrition bars is a great way to help meet your targets.

    Of course, if youíre ready to commit to a physique changing program, I recommend you get the detailed information you need.

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    Mental_Hernia is offline Junior Member
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    Damn, this is exactly the type of thing I've been looking for.

    Excellent post BigD.

    You get +3 points!

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    what would my Ratio of Carbsrotein:fats need to be if I'm trying to bulk?

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