On the 52DC forum, one of the Challengers made this comment, indicating that it was a “Generally Accepted” that:

All you need to do is these approximate ratios

Cutting – 40% protein 30% good fats. 30% carbs

Gaining – 20%, 30%, 50%

Maintaining – 34%, 33%, 33%

Increase the carbs if you do 4 hours+ cardio a week. Simple carbs are fine after a long run.

Eat plenty of fruit and veggies, you’re done.

Assuming 2,600 calories to maintain, these percentages play out as follows:
                                 Protein                        Fats                             Carbs

  • Cutting    1,040 – 260 grams    780 – 87 grams      780 – 195 grams
  • Gaining      520 – 130 grams      780 – 87 grams   1800 – 450 grams
  • Maintain   884 – 221 grams      858 – 95 grams       858 – 215 grams

Now – a view from the VLC world.  Assuming 50 grams of Carbs maximum to remain in the Ketogenic Zone and 140 grams of protein, based on 1 gram per pound of Lean Body Mass.

  • Protein:                560 – 140 grams
  • Fats:                      1840 – 204 grams
  • Carbs:                    200 – 50 grams

The contrast is astounding.  Low Carbing has always been described by the media as High Protein but here we see that protein levels actually fall below the  “Generally Accepted” balanced diet.

Over eating protein creates its own problems – especially in the brains of those that do not understand the necessity of eating dietary fats.

Your body needs carbohydrates to make energy. When you deprive your body of carbohydrates, it’s forced to burn body and dietary fat and protein to make energy instead. When your body begins to burn large amounts of body fat, ketones can accumulate in the body. When dangerous levels of ketones accumulate in the body, the dieter could succumb to a diabetic coma, which could be deadly without immediate treatment.

Even if ketones don’t accumulate to dangerous levels, you could suffer damage to the internal organs as your body burns the protein in the tissues of your heart, liver and kidneys for energy. Damage to the organs could lead, eventually, to organ failure.

Dietary Fats – so enjoyable to eat – so necessary to burn as energy when there is no glucose – so muscle sparing.

The sad part about the BS quote above – is that it comes from Live Strong – a well-respected and often quoted site.

The FDA – assuming a 2000 calorie diet – RDA is 50 grams of protein.  Extrapolating that for 2600 would be 52- maybe even 55.  Anything over that is HIGH Protein.

End result – the Generally Accepted levels are all Super High Protein.