9/17/2006

Debunking the Carbs Protein Hype


Exerpts from a Joint Position Stand of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada

There is no evidence that athletes need a diet significantly different than the general population
- Carbohydrates should represenet 55-58% of energy (calories)
- Protein should represent 12-15%
- Fat should represent 25-30%
- Individuals who want to gain muscle mass should consume 1.6.-1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight
- Endurance trained athletes should consume 1.2- 1.4 grams per kilogram of body weight
- Consumption of higher amounts is not shown to be beneficial and could cause health problems
- Carbohydrates are essential to the recovery process, they replace muscle glycogen and facilitate the repair process
- The post exercise meal should contain a mix of carbohydrates, protein and fat
- Supplements should generally not be required if sufficient nutrients are being consumed in the diet.