Food Pyramid

Carbs, Protein, Fats

Holidays have thrown out all the diet rules, but the most popular New Year’s Resolution is definitely most-traumatic holiday feasting dieting. The 70-20-10 Rule can apply here. At least according to a variation on the “Food Pyramid” (see above) in “Sue’s Life Lessons” in her post “How a seriously fit 70-year-old woman created the detox I needed” where she outlines the balance of food types for a healthy life…

  • 70% Carbs
  • 20% Protein
  • 10% Fats

Actually, you can get a variation on these proportions for different objectives and contexts. For example, to optimise weight-loss and high exercise training diet, Livestrong recommends an Atkins-like demotion of carbs for ratio of…

  • 70% Protein
  • 20% Fat
  • 10% Carbs

“A diet consisting of 70 percent protein, 20 percent fat and 10 percent carbs is considered high-protein and low-carbohydrate. You might follow such a diet in an attempt to lose weight, but this ratio of macronutrients does not meet the nutritional recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine. Getting an adequate number of calories on such a plan is also challenging. Before following this extreme diet plan, check with your physician. A 70 percent protein, 20 percent fat and 10 percent carb diet plan focuses primarily on lean animal products. Shrimp, lobster, egg whites, chicken and turkey breast, and white fish are lean proteins that provide only trace amounts of carbohydrates and minimal fat. With only 10 percent of your calories coming from carbohydrates, you must stick to small servings of low-carb vegetables such as salad greens, sprouts, peppers, broccoli and asparagus.”

Whatever your balance, may your 2017 be healthy and may all your resolutions come true.