Brad Gouthro Fitness How To Calculate How Many Calories & Macros To Eat Per Meal #LLTV

How To Calculate How Many Calories & Macros To Eat Per Meal #LLTV

How To Calculate How Many Calories & Macros To Eat Per Meal #LLTV

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How Many Calories, Protein, Carbs, & Fats Do You Need To Eat Per Meal To Live Lean?

Hey Live Leaners,

In today’s Live Lean TV episode, I’m showing you how to calculate how many calories, protein, carbs, and fats to eat per meal.

NOTE: Before reading/watching this episode, be sure to go through the last two Live Lean TV shows first. These episodes detailed:

1. How to calculate how many calories you should eat a day

2. How to calculate your macronutrient requirements

Once you watch those videos and do your calculations, come back and watch this video. I promise, it’ll make a lot more sense to you 😉

Why Do You Need To Know How Many Calories, Protein, Carbs, & Fats You’re Getting Per Meal?

I’ll be honest. This strategy is more advanced than the last two videos.

It’s most important to hit your calorie and macronutrient (protein, carb, and fat) goals.

Hitting your daily calories/macros goals are more important than on a per meal basis. However, to get the most results and optimal performance out of your workouts, it’s important to fuel your body with the right energy requirements at the right times.

Also, from a hormonal standpoint, you’re only as good as your last meal. If you read my book, Awaken The Abs Within, I go into detail as why balancing your hormones is key to living lean. When you eat a high sugar meal with little to no protein, it puts your body in fat storing mode based off all the insulin (your fat storing hormone) being excreted to remove the sugar from your bloodstream.

When you add a protein source to this meal, it would have helped to balance the insulin excretion since protein helps release the hormone glucagon. Glucagon helps balance insulin in the body, thus helping to keep the body in a fat burning mode as opposed to a fat storing mode.

This is just one of the many reasons why it’s important to have a protein source with every meal and snack throughout the day.

Step #1: How Many Meals/Snacks Are You Eating Per Day?

Pick a number that you can stick too. Honestly, I don’t care what number you pick. In my book, Awaken The Abs Within, I recommended 6 meals. However, if you can’t commit to planning/prepping your meals to consume 6 smaller meals per day, choose a smaller number.

At the end of the day it’s most important to hit your daily calorie and macronutrient goals regardless of how many meals/snacks you eat.


In the video above, I selected 5 meals/snacks per day. Our daily calorie goal was 2,000 calories.

Step #2: Divide Your Daily Protein Requirements Evenly Over Every Meal/Snack

As mentioned above, from a hormonal balancing standpoint (and many other reasons), it’s important to consume a protein source with every meal/snack.

Simply take your daily protein consumption goal (you calculated this in the How to calculate your macronutrient requirements video) and divide it by the number of meals you selected.


In the above video we choose 5 meals/snacks per day. Therefore each meal/snack will be allocated 20% of the total daily protein requirement.

Total Daily Protein Requirement = 200g

1/5 meals per day = 20%

200g of protein x 20% per meal = 40g of protein per meal

There you go. Every one of our 5 meal/snacks throughout the day should consume 40g of protein based on this example.

Step #3: Distribute Carbohydrate Requirements Around Your Workouts

When it comes to carbohydrates, we want to allocate and consume these calories around our workouts. In other words, the meal before your workout, the meal directly after your workout, and the meal following this meal.

So select the time of day when you workout.


In the video above, our workouts were at lunch time. So our pre-workout meal is meal #2, post-workout meal is meal #3, and post post-workout meal is meal #4.

Total Daily Carbohydrates Requirement = 100g

Pre-workout meal (2-3 hours before workout) = 25% of daily carb requirement

= 100g x 25% = 25g of carbs

Post-workout meal (directly after workout) = 50% of daily carb requirement

= 100g x 50% = 50g of carbs

Post Post-workout meal (1-2 hours after your post-workout meal) = 25% of daily carb requirement

= 100g x 25% = 25g of carbs

Therefore 100% of our carb consumption comes from 3 meals. Pre-, Post-, and Post Post-workout.

What if I workout first thing in the morning?

Since I recommend leaving 2-3 hours to digest whole food before working out (which isn’t possible if you workout in the morning), you can either workout fasted (works well when your main goal is to burn fat) or make a fast digesting shake comprised of protein and fruit.

What if I workout late at night. Are carbs bad to eat at night?

Your body requires carbs after a workout regardless of what time of day it is. If you workout late at night, that is when you should consume your carbs. Trust me, during a late night workout, your body will use up the carbs for energy rather than storing them as fat.

Step #4: Distribute Your Fat Consumption Away From Your Workouts

Dietary fat takes longer to digest, slows the absorption of nutrients, and can feel heavy in your stomach. Since you don’t want to workout on a full stomach and you want fast absorption of protein and carbs after your workout, you should allocate the majority of your fat consumption away from your workouts. A little bit of fat in your pre-workout and post post-workout meal is fine, as seen below.

Total Daily Fats Requirement = 89g

Meal #1 = 40% of daily fat requirement

= 89g x 40% = 35g of fat

Pre-workout meal (2-3 hours before workout) = 10% of daily carb requirement

= 89g x 10% = 9g of fat

Post-workout meal (directly after workout) = 0% of daily carb requirement

= 0g fat

Post Post-workout meal (1-2 hours after your post-workout meal) = 10% of daily fat requirement

= 89g x 10% = 9g of carbs

Meal #5 = 40% of daily fat requirement

= 89g x 40% = 35g of fat

Essentially you’re eating the majority of your fats when you are not eating carbs (remember, protein is with every meal)


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As I mentioned, this is a more advanced nutrition technique. First focus on hitting your calorie and macronutrient goals. Once you get comfortable with that, try to stick to this nutrient timing strategy outlined above.

Top 3 Takeaways:

1. Consume protein with every meal & snack

2. Consume your carbohydrates around your workouts

3. Consume the majority of your fats away from your workouts

So now it’s your turn to calculate your numbers…

Feel free to share them in the comment section below.


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Questions For You:

– Do you consume the majority of your carbohydrates around your workouts?

– What time of day do you usually workout? If it’s first thing in the morning, do you eat before?


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42 Comments to “How To Calculate How Many Calories & Macros To Eat Per Meal #LLTV”

  1. Kayden says:

    Hi brad, I’m a teen looking to lose weight and gain muscle, so I need to workout after school. My meal times would be: 7:30 am, 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm. Do I need a post- post workout meal? I will be working out from 6:30 to 7:30 so 7:30 would be my post workout. Thanks

  2. […] a deeper understanding of what the meal breakdown could look like, check out Brad Gouthro’s macronutrient and calorie series. For anyone else just looking to get an idea of what a healthy eating plan for a day is, here is a […]

  3. Many thanks with regard to posting this you saved us a a lot of extra assist this tip!

  4. jasmin garcia says:

    you say in the video that leafy greens and veggies are “free foods” I’m assuming you mean they should not be added to the total amount of carbs we consume daily. Would fruits also fall into this category? thanks in advance, great videos! 😀

  5. Kvera142 says:

    Hi Brad, So my questions are can you build me a program that will work in my situation a program that really works. I do not have a gym at home? Plus I love bread and have different workout hours sometimes i get up and work out at 5:30 am on an empty stomach or i workout at 4:00 5:30 pm. Plus I do not even know what protein to take or what vitamins I should be taking? Please help let me know i really need to lose 40 pounds in a month to reach my weight goal.
    Thanks love your videos and encour

  6. Brad Gouthro says:

    add in resistance training now

  7. Ivan Tenorio says:

    Im calorie goal is 1623 calories, i plan on doing the 40/40/20 split. Came out to 162 gram of protein and carbs and 36 fats. I chose to do three meals a day. What nutrients should i get more during the day. Keep in mind i dont work out and planning on cardio or at least walk for an hour everyday and later after seeing some weight loss, then add resistance training. What are your thoughts?

  8. Brad Gouthro says:

    go with coconut water

  9. gborad says:

    One more thing. I put in pretty intense workouts and need to replenish my electrolytes. I’m currently using NuuN – staying away from those high sugar Gatorade type drinks. Your thoughts on NuuN? Would you simply go for water and calcium, potassium, supp’s?

  10. Jen Befit says:

    Love these new vids Brad, its great how you make something that is complicated so easy to understand. Would be awesome if you did a vid with some meal ideas that hit these macros

  11. gborad says:

    will do – tx. Also fat sources with zero carbs. Sorry my original post was a bit twisted. Nuts of course are a fat source but most have carbs. Point is, finding carb sources without fat and fat sources without carbs can be a challenge but I’ll take a look. Maple syrup though? Really?

  12. Brad Gouthro says:

    go search my channel for my post workout shake. this shows the carb sources (banana and maple syrup). eat as much veg as possible. fruit in moderation (up to 3 servings a day)

  13. gborad says:

    Brad, great video’s. Was considering your macro meal plan but a couple of questions. First, on your 3rd meal plan you recommend 50g from carbs (post workout) and no fat. What foods would you look to get these carbs given most contain some amounts of fat. I naturally would gravitate towards nuts (I’m guessing we both avoid grains given the susceptability to spike blood sugar) so would like your thoughts.

    Second, you mention vege’s as something you can eat- but how much. What about fruit?

  14. Brad Gouthro says:

    protein, fat, carbs

  15. W2MyLife says:

    What are Macros?

  16. Brad Gouthro says:


  17. […] Your Calorie Needs… video #2 How To Calculate Your Macronutrient Needs… video #3 How To Distribute Your Macronutrients Throughout The Day) to an actual meal. We’re going to use the same calculations from the previous video. If you […]

  18. Alyssa Ginanni says:

    What about for rest days? Should the percentage for protein, carbs and fat per meal just be even across the board?

  19. Brad Gouthro says:

    sure. it’s expensive though

  20. Spyros Pandis says:

    Ok cool, thanks SO much for the reply! One more thing though, what’re your thoughts on vitargo instead of dextrose in my post-workout shake? Thanks and all the best.

  21. BeautyTalks100 says:

    I’m sharing this vid. I want my friends and family to have access to the great info you give us.

  22. Sorry but I am a little distracted by your manly pec cleavage! Ah ha ha ha ha ah ah!
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  23. David Hall says:

    Hey Brad great video looks cold over there

  24. Ben says:

    Hi Brad,

    Once again thanks for the video, it give a bit more info when you explain it than when I read it in your book. I only have one question! What do you think about oatmeal now? I saw a progression between Awaken the Abs Within and Live Lean Afterburn. I think it’s a good think because of the fiber and slow digesting carbs but I’m a bit confuse!!! I feel the same about the idea of no Carbs at breakfast! Do we need some quick energy when we break fasting?(ok I know it’s 2 questions now!) Like you figure it out I use oatmeal in my typical breakfast. I mix it with some fruits, protein powder and sometime plain greek yogurt. I always have 2 eggs on the side!!!

    Once again thanks for your time

    • Brad Gouthro says:

      Hey Ben, I used to eat a lot of oatmeal but stopped about 6 months ago as I wanted to test how eliminating grains would affect my energy and body. Since then I’ve noticed my cravings have declined, i have more energy, and i’m not storing as much fat. However, everyone’s body is different. Based on this, I’m pretty sure my body is carb sensitive meaning my body doesn’t process carbs effectively.
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  25. Chels33a says:

    Love the way that you’re breaking all this down! Thanks!

  26. Brad Gouthro says:

    that looks about right

  27. Spyros Pandis says:

    Awesome video, thanks for this! Really looking forward to the upcoming videos you mentioned (Which foods to eat and more specifically, the meat and nuts breakfast!) Would I be correct in saying that in my post workout shake (if following a 40p20c40f split throughout the day) I’d have 57.5 grams of dextrose (50% of my daily carbs?) And if following a 40p30c30f split I’d have 86 grams of dextrose? Seems like a lot of sugar!
    Thanks again for another great video :)

  28. kaylonnief13 says:

    I thought so. I could hear a little bit of a Canadian accent in your voice. P.S. I love your nutrition videos.

  29. Gary Ogden says:

    This is really good information. I’ve always tried to keep the macro balance the same at each meal – this is a new concept for me. Thanks Brad!

  30. rui27marne says:

    Can u explain which fats u use daily?

  31. rui27marne says:

    Can u explain which fats u use daily

  32. Hadiyah Hanifi says:

    can you do pls do a video with sample options for what we could have at each meals to suit the macros

  33. techful69 says:

    Hey brad nice video
    Could you do a video on how to calculate how much calories each food has
    Thanks bro

  34. Popeye147 says:

    Good video Brad, looking forwad to see how these numbers relate to food variety and consumption

  35. Brad Gouthro says:

    sure am

  36. kaylonnief13 says:

    are you Canadian?

  37. Matthew Lamont says:

    Cheers Brad!! Appreciate the reply. Sorted me right out.
    Have an awesome day/evening, whatever time it is across the pond.

    P.S. seeing ridiculously good results with the workouts! Big thank you!

  38. david bautista says:

    now i feel better brad 8)

  39. Brad Gouthro says:

    exactly. it doesn’t matter what time your workout is…always have your carbs around it..I have a full blog post on this … link in the above video description

  40. Matthew Lamont says:

    Hi Brad, cheers for this, awesome vid!!

    I had to shift my workout to 8pm, so my last meal of the day is my post workout meal! Is this a problem? Cause it doesn’t seem to be at the moment.
    However, with these percentages, would I just keep them the same and just move the pre and post workout meals to when I workout?

  41. CantWeedThis says:

    when do we drink our coffees?

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