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MIDROAD
Posts: 1,183
9/13/12 10:15 P

I just want to thank everyone who took the time to answer.
Dietitianbecky-the article was very informative!

I love our Community!



LJOYCE55
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9/13/12 8:28 P

I like seeing the wheel at the end of the day, but I use the ranges shown for each meal to add/subtract food to try to get as close as possible.



DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,423
9/13/12 7:57 P

The wheel is a middle of the road visual, for members who like this type "picture". What is most important is staying within your SP ranges. This SP article gives more on the topic:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=372


SP Dietitian Becky



SLASALLE
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9/13/12 5:52 P

Yep, there are definitely "ranges" for each breakdown. Because I'm hypothyroid, I try to up my protein to the higher end of the range. That would be one example of using the ranges.

Also, remember that you won't ever be exact anyway. I try to look at it as a weekly average. One day I might eat a bit too much fat, the next day I'll often be a little below range in fat.





UNIDENT
Posts: 33,498
9/13/12 3:41 P

Yes. That's roughly the centre of the much wider ranges that Spark recommends. Eg I think carbs range is something like 40-60 percent carbs. So you get 50% in the pie chart but don't feel you've failed if you've had 57% or 45%.

It can seem like that's high fat, but fat has 9 calories per gram, whereas carb and protein only have 4. So it takes less than half as much actual fat food weight intake to get those 30% of your calories than it would from carbs or protein.



JENMC14
Posts: 2,707
9/13/12 3:09 P

That's SP's recommendations. I try to aim for 40/30/30 myself, though I'm not always successful.



MIDROAD
Posts: 1,183
9/13/12 3:06 P

Hey,

I was just noticing my nutrition wheel thingy
It's divided 50% carbs, 20% protein and 30% fat, is that correct?



 
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