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Posted: 22 Sep 2015, 13:48
what is the recommended amount of carbs total per day for someone on a 1700 calorie day diet with 5-day exercise
eating 1 luna bar in the a.m., half an apple for breakfast
cucumber slices for lunch along with broccoli, banana smoothie (made with bit of milk-no yogurt), salmon for dinner. thanks

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Posted: 23 Sep 2015, 00:50
however many makes you happy, whilst you are still losing weight

"If losing weight were easy, we would all be walking around with a six pack"


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Posted: 23 Sep 2015, 08:47
Depends how you want to partition your other macros. If you're trying to build/maintain muscle, aim for 1g/lb bodyweight. Aim for 0.4-0.5g/lb of fats. Fill in the rest with carbs.

150lb example, 1700 calorie example:
- 1.0g/lb = 150g protein = 600calories
- 0.4g/lb = 60g fat = 540 calories

1700 - 600 - 540 = 560 calories left for carbs, which works out to 140g.

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Posted: 23 Sep 2015, 08:55
What is the formula if you just want to maintain weight? I am trying to find just the right amount of carbs I should have in a day. Not trying to lose any more, but definitely don't want to gain either. I weigh approx 150, and have been trying to stay around 1500 calories.
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Posted: 23 Sep 2015, 15:04
For maintenance it's fairly similar. If you're not necessarily trying to preserve muscle and not lifting heavy weights then you can probably get away with 0.4-0.7g/lb bodyweight protein, then the same formula applies.

1500 calories, 150lb example:
- 0.6g/lb = 90g protein = 360 calories
- 0.4g/lb = 60g fat = 540 calories

1500 - 360 - 540 = 600 calories left for carbs, which is 150g

The partitioning works out to:

24% protein
36% fat
40% carbs


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Posted: 29 Sep 2015, 17:03
ok thanks all.

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