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Infographic: Macronutrient Ratios in Real Food

Here’s a brain teaser: without looking anything up, try to picture a meal in your head that’s 20% carbs, 25% protein, and 55% fat.

If your mental picture looks like one big question mark, you’re not alone.

Saying “20% carbs” is nice and all, but people don’t eat percentages; we eat food. So here’s a guide to roughly what those numbers look like, in actual foods.

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Macronutrient Ratios in Real Food

Note: Meals are all within the same 200-calorie range, but counting calories precisely is impossible anyway outside a lab, so there are no calorie counts given. If the meals aren’t enough for you, just increase everything proportionally until you have enough food. If they’re too much for you, decrease everything proportionally. (Read more about knowing how much to eat without counting calories)