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Friday, January 08, 2010

Well we only have 1 week left on vacation and we get back to normal living. My husband and i have been eating nothing but crap it seems like and have both gained some weight. We bought 2 books: Making the Cut by Jillian Micheals and The Perfect 10 Diet.We've decided to try the Perfect 1- diet as soon as we get home. It focuses on balancing hormones and is very god for diabetics with controlling blood sugar leels.It says to balance your meals into 40% carbs, 20% protein and 40% fat. Ok my dilema is trying to figure out if i'm eating those amounts. How would you calculate how much of each i would eat? i know on nutrition labels it says the daily percentage for each nutrient for a 2000 cal diet but how do i know the percentage for say a 1400 cal diet????? Like how do i know if i'm eating 40% carbs for the day??? It seems kinda confusing to me. Any suggestions to help? Any help is greatly appreciated!

Anyway, we will be cutting out any caffeine...(my husband drinks only diet soft drinks but that isn't allowed), processed foods and meats, no light or "diet' foods as wellAnd we'll be tryhing to buy organic meats and free range chickens if possible in Ft. Mac, Alberta. We'll be giving this a try and sticking it to it the very best we can. We've already given up all margarines and bought 4lbs of natural butter....yummmm.

We go home Jan. 14 and will be starting this new lifes i'll keep everyone posted on how things are going.tyle.
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    Misty's got it figured out for you.....
    Make sure you keep in mind the 40/40/20 recommendations is what % of total *calories* should come from food, not how many grams to eat, so make sure you don't mix up your percentages and your grams (I had a friend do that once).
    Once you get it figured out you can reset your spark nutrition goals to match your 40/40/20 by clicking on the "change nutrition goals" on the top of the tracking page so you don't have to do the math every day.
    Good luck!
    3053 days ago
    Ahh, I feel like I'm back in college nutrition class!

    4 cals = 1 gram carbs
    4 cals = 1 gram protein
    9 cals = 1 gram fat

    for a 1400 calorie diet

    1400x40% = 560 calories/4 grams = 140 grams for carbs
    1400x40% = 560 calories/9 grams = 62 grams of fat (I sure hope this diet has a lower limit on saturated and trans fat)
    1400x20% = 280 calories/4 grams = 70 grams protein
    560+560+280 = 1400 calories
    3054 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/8/2010 11:37:55 PM
  • ALLEY2231
    I can't help you with the calculations (not a big math person here), but good for you for doing something new and different by cutting out certain foods people live by each day! I know I would never be able to cut out my Diet Pepsi, it helps me when I am craving something sweet and the caffeine does help!! emoticon
    3054 days ago
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