percentages of protein to carbohydrate to fat

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18 Nov, 2011 01:31 AM

Can you please tell me what the percentage breakdown is of protein to carbohydrate to fat in the Rosedale diet. A patient of mine wants to know.
Thank you,
Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fiona on 20 Nov, 2011 10:13 AM

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    Dear Dr. Steelsmith,

    Thank you for reaching out to us and supporting your patient.

    The amount of protein in one's diet is determined on an individual basis by factoring in weight, metabolism, activity level and gender. This is the only thing we ask you to count in our program. It is necessary to understand this is not a high protein diet, but actually an adequate protein, higher quality fat diet. Your body needs some protein to survive, but not so much that it views it as a liability and tries to burn it off as sugar. This is a very unhealthy way to live and can be easily avoided by keeping a within normal range of protein intake.
    On average, you want to have approximately one gram of protein for every kilogram of lean body mass (that is, the weight of your body minus the fat, we all have some fat). The easiest way to calculate your daily protein requirement is to take your ideal weight in kilograms (that is, what you would like to weigh if you could weigh anything) and have roughly one gram of protein per kilogram, minus 10%. For example, if you were a woman who is 5.4 (165 centimeters) tall, your ‘ideal’ weight would likely be in the neighborhood of 110 lbs (50 kilograms). Thus, your protein intake per day should be somewhere around the 50g minus the 10% = 45 grams of protein, split approximately evenly between meals. If you have an especially active lifestyle, you can add 5 grams or so. An egg is roughly 6-8g of protein and a piece of meat the size of a deck of cards is around 15, remember this is 15 grams of protein the meat will weight more as it also has water and fat, so we are not talking about the 'weight' of the of meat, but the proten grams. This doesn’t have to be exact, but it’s a good ballpark figure to keep in mind when you’re eating. Males will have a little more, and also if you are preganant you would add about 5 grams or so as well.

    Remember, fat and protein often come together in nature (eggs, fish, seeds, nuts, etc.) The avoidance of fat in your diet is typically an avoidance of protein as well, and the absence of these leads to many of the chronic degenerative diseases of life.

    As little non fibre carbohydrate as possible, and fat orally just enough to appease hunger. the total amount of fat 'eaten' will be that that is burned by cells and it cannot be measured. Hopefully most of the fat eaten will come from visceral fat. When leptin signaling becomes properly restored much of what they 'eat' will be visceral fat therefore the percentages of food put into the mouth becomes somewhere of a meaningless statistic with the acception of protein.

    Carbohydrates, you will get some from vegetables, but preferably no other carbs. Fats, the 'good fats' MCT's, like coconut oil are a wonderful energy fat, olive oil, ghee. Saturated fats are a little harder to burn, so when someone is just starting the diet for the first 3 weeks we suggest avoiding these, like hard cheeses etc, once they have become a fat burner then adding them in the diet is fine.

    I hope this answers your questions somewhat. Basically people eat when they are hungry, the right foods, and enough to satiate, so understanding the difference between satiation and being full. It also takes the brain about 20 minutes to register that you are not hungry any more. If a person does not have much extra fat, then they will eat more fat to be satiated, if someone has plenty of fat for their cells to eat you will find once they become a fat burner they just will not feel that hungry as they will be 'eating' all the time, as long as they are eating the right foods when they do eat.

    Any questions, never hesitate to ask.

    The Rosedale Team

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