Don't Cut the Fat

You've Got To Use It to Lose It
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It’s bound to happen at some point. You’re in a cutting 
cycle and you’re stuck somewhere without access to a gym.
 It’s time to eat, but you’re used to your training balancing out your diet since, after all, food is merely fuel at this
stage. Without a workout, you’re not going to grow, so the
objective now is to maintain as much lean mass as possible wh ff later. Although making sure to hit your protein
numbers for the day is a no-brainer, a lot of athletes in this
situation will also choose low-fat meals. This would be a
 mistake, according to a recent Springfield College study
that compared the fat-burning and muscle-sparing effects
of low-fat, moderate-carb, and low-carb, moderate-fat
diets. The researchers found that not only did subjects 
who consumed low-carb, moderate-fat meals lose more 
weight than those who went low-fat, moderate carb, but
 they also retained 75% more muscle mass while simultaneously lowering their triglyceride levels. To replicate
the meals used in the study, follow a carb:fat:protein ratio
of approximately 15:55:30 for your meals, and supplement with protein throughout the day to hit your macronumbers.

Reference: R.J. Wood et al., Metab Syndr Relat Disord., 2012. Jan 27 [E-pub ahead of print]

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