Fat – Optimal vs Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR)

The official Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges (AMDRs) were determined by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine in 2005.  The AMDR for fat was set at 20% to 35% of total calories for ‘the planning and assessment of the diets of healthy people.  However, disagreement and discussion over these recommendations have increased …

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Carbohydrates – Optimal vs Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR)

Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges, or AMDRs, have been set for each macronutrient—protein, carbs, and fats—by the Food and Nutrition Board of The Institute of Medicine “for the planning and assessment of the diets of healthy people”. The AMDR for carbohydrates is 45% to 65% of total calories.  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans accompanied this with …

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Protein – Optimal vs Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR)

In the early 2000s, the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) set the ‘Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges’ (AMDRs) based on ‘the assessment of diets eaten by healthy people’.  Considering a growing majority of people are overweight and not metabolically healthy, there’s been plenty of disagreement and discussion as to whether these …

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The “Acceptable” Macronutrient Ranges (AMDR) for Protein, Fat and Carbs: A Data-Driven Review

How much protein do I need to lose weight?  Do I need MORE protein on a low-carb diet?   How much should I reduce dietary fat to get results?  What about carbs? What if I want to gain weight or I am active?    These are some of the questions I regularly see in the Macros …

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The Fascinating Relationship Between Macro and Micronutrients in the Food You Eat

Many people experience almost magical benefits when they switch to a lower-carb diet, with a reduction in hunger and almost effortless weight loss.  But is the ‘magic’ due to the reduction of carbs, more fats, more protein, or more micronutrients? This article looks at what really happens when you reduce the processed carbs in your …

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