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ngaah
11-24-2012, 08:43 AM
I'm bulking, eating 3886 cals a day, gaining 1lb a week.

Question is, I hit my protein macros (1g/lb bw) every day, but might go to as much as ~2g per kg of bw of fat, and carbs might not hit the daily macro.

Some people say as long as you get enough cals and protein you'll be fine, but realistically how big an effect will going over fat macro and maybe not hitting carb macro have on my gains?

Educated answers appreciated ty

WonderPug
11-24-2012, 08:47 AM
See here (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=121703981) to learn how to compose a proper diet.

Hit at least the minimums for protein and dietary fat, composing the remainder of your caloric intake from whatever combination of carbs and additional protein and fat you prefer.

Also, take care to ensure micronutrient sufficiency.

ngaah
11-24-2012, 08:52 AM
See here (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=121703981) to learn how to compose a proper diet.

Hit at least the minimums for protein and dietary fat, composing the remainder of your caloric intake from whatever combination of carbs and additional protein and fat you prefer.

Also, take care to ensure micronutrient sufficiency.

That's not what I asked. I know how to make a diet and I've already made one. I was asking what the consequences were if I were to go OVER the set macro for dietary fat.

WonderPug
11-24-2012, 09:03 AM
I was asking what the consequences were if I were to go OVER the set macro for dietary fat.If you actually read the sticky linked to above, you would know that the recommend minimum intake of dietary fat is 0.45 to 1.0 grams. Thus, your intake is not even above the minimum intake range.

germaine07
11-24-2012, 09:04 AM
Going over a minimum amount, not a set or maximum amount.

ElliotGains
11-24-2012, 09:43 AM
It's easier for your body to store a surplus of calories coming from fat into adipose tissue than it is to convert carbs into adipose tissue. So that's something to keep in mind. I think that's the main difference between high carb vs high fat diet it terms of body composition.

WonderPug
11-24-2012, 09:47 AM
It's easier for your body to store a surplus of calories coming from fat into adipose tissue than it is to convert carbs into adipose tissue. So that's something to keep in mind. I think that's the main difference between high carb vs high fat diet it terms of body composition.What you "think" is true is actually incorrect.

The macronutrient composition of a diet, as long as sufficiency is met, does not impact bodyweight in healthy individuals. See: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0804748

chameleonism
11-24-2012, 10:04 AM
It's easier for your body to store a surplus of calories coming from fat into adipose tissue than it is to convert carbs into adipose tissue. So that's something to keep in mind. I think that's the main difference between high carb vs high fat diet it terms of body composition.

This statement is deceptive because in the end net energy determines the final changes. The initial pathways that the macronutrients take only tell part of the story.

edit:

Lyle has some good articles on this topic:
http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/how-we-get-fat.html
http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nutrition/nutrient-intake-nutrient-storage-and-nutrient-oxidation.html
http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nutrition/a-primer-on-dietary-fats-part-1.html
http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nutrition/a-primer-on-dietary-fats-part-2.html

ngaah
11-24-2012, 11:11 AM
Thanks guys, understood now.