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Macronutrients: Food for fuel

Analysis of food to energy conversion to promote balanced diet

Published: Monday, September 12, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07

30 percent of this meal to come from protein

40% of 400 = 120 calories

Dividing 120 calories by 4 calories/1g protein = 30g protein

The ideal meal for optimal energy and metabolism equates to 13g fat, 40g carbohydrates and 30g protein.

It would require a great deal of commitment to follow through with a perfect regimen of these calories and an even greater deal to continuously calculate. However, I simply provided an example for you to reference so that you can be more conscientious of the types of ratios you would need to be more proficient in your everyday activities. Who knew that losing weight, studying longer and socializing had something in common? If you want to do any of these things better, you need the energy to do so. Start by balancing the quality and quantity of your nutrition.

Joey Roberts is currently the 800 meter school record holder of Texas A&M's track team. Upon achieving his bachelor of science in civil engineering in May 2012, Joey plans to explore a master's and doctorate's degree in environmental engineering.  As an avid runner, Joey is passionate about his wellness, which sparked developments in his personal attitude, fitness, and diet.

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