Just want to clarify the macronutrient ratios. Isn't 50/20/30 the same diet SP promotes to ALL the people on this site? Are you also using it for the diabetic diet?
I was given a plan of 45 grams per meal, and two 20 gram snacks when I was put on a diabetic diet, and ate over 2000 calories per day. So my carbs were under 35%.
Is this just because 175 grams a day was top limit of carbs for me as a diabetic, and if I had been eating less calories, it would have been been a larger % of my diet?
I am just curious, because 50/20/30 is the diet SP recommends for everybody, and then if I get diagnosed as a diabetic, you don't reduce my carbs at all? How is one supposed to reduce blood sugars?
To the OP.. if you overeat with protein, excess can also be converted to glucose, although that would be rare with all the carbs you have for energy. On almost any diet, your protein is going to be similar 20-25 %. The only thing that will vary a lot is carbs, and fat. If you do cut carbs ( not saying you should ).. then your fat will increase, not your protein. This may be undesirable to you as well. Just so you know, you aren't going to want to drop carbs 10 %, and up protein 10 %. Most likely, you wouldn't use 30 % protein. Many low carb dieters cut carbs, and eat lots of protein ( 35-40 % ), and still have higher glucose levels, due to protein being converted. So when you think that carbs may be too high, ask yourself if you want to eat a higher percentage of fat to offset that drop. If you max out at 20-25 % protein, that leaves 75-80 % carbohydrate/fat.. so 45-50 % carbs, and 25-30 % fat. Any reduction in carbs, will be an increase in fat , and vice versa. When I was eating 35 % carbs, I ate 40 % fat, not more protein. Many people think " carbs are bad ", and think " I'll just eat more protein ", but when they hear what actually happens ( fat goes up ), all of a sudden, the carbs don't sound so bad to them..lol.
If you think SP ratios are not correct, ask your doctor/dietitian if they want you on something different. I don't think they will tell you to up your protein though. Good Luck getting your blood sugars stable on whatever ratio you settle on.
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