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MARYLIZ54120 Posts: 369
3/4/14 1:59 A

Same here. Added a protein shake. Feel better and am losing weight. Happy!!

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3/4/14 12:01 A

After checking your Nutrition Tracker I see that you have loads of room for improvement. (Often your lunch is virtually a full day's worth of calories on it's own.)

If you reduced the junk such as chips, gummy bears, donuts, etc., you could increase lean protein. Think hard boiled egg. Think fruit/veges even - they are sometimes a source of protein.

Below is a link to the article "How to Meet your Protein Needs without Meat"

You don't need to resort to protein powders or protein bars to get this - just tweaking your diet will do the trick.


ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
3/3/14 11:39 P

Whatever you choose to do, notice the impact on your calorie intake for the day.

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3/3/14 8:53 P

Protein shake

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (10,482)
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3/3/14 8:36 P

I would try to replace at least two of the processed items in your diet with a lean meat, eggs, or lean dairy serving containing at least 20g protein.

3/2/14 6:46 P

One way I get more Protein is taking ZEAL Protein! I usually add a banana, unsweetened almond milk and lots of ice with one scoop of ZEAL protein! Taste better than than a shake form Braums! Zeal is flavored by bluebell icecream!!!
if interested check out this website

Edited by: MLTALLEYHO at: 3/2/2014 (18:47)
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3/2/14 5:58 P

I took a quick look at your nutrition tracker, and it looks like on the days when you're low on protein, you're not eating much (if any) lean meat. Try having a chicken breast with your dinner. You could also increase the nutrition (protein and just in general) in your breakfast by having Greek yogurt instead of a granola bar. (Fage 2% yogurt has the same number of calories as the granola bar, but six times as much protein.) Eggs are also a good source of protein.

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3/2/14 2:12 P

I always have that problem as well. I usually eat eggs, cheese and a protein shake.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
3/2/14 12:52 P

It's definitely a problem! Increasing protein (if it's animal based) usually increases fat, too, even when you trim the meat. That fat has 9 calories per gram as opposed to the 4 calories per gram (same weight) of carbs and protein is something to consider when buying or preparing meat. Look for the lower-fat fish to add protein without more calories (as long as you dry roast the fish or broil it 'plain'). I'm not saying you should choose one over the other - fish over the beef. But if you are looking to increase protein, the beef has 27 grams of protein and the cod has 23.

I was looking at cod, cooked dry, and beef, round, trimmed to be lean only - there are eight grams of fat in the beef and 1 gram of fat in the cod (each weighing 100 grams). No surprise that it is also 185 calories vs 105 calories.

I like non-fat cheese (cottage cheese and shredded cheddar) because at least I get the protein without the fat. Egg whites work too (egg beaters are basically egg whites).

Then there's quinoa, tofu, and cooked dried beans.

Another source is nutritional yeast (3 grams of protein in a tbsp, and 20 calories). Look in the health food section of your supermarket. Don't buy it if you don't like it, you'll be wasting your money. I love it (especially on hot popped corn) but that's just me. It gives things a 'cheesy flavor' that's a bit like parmesan. I recently made pancakes and added nutritional yeast to the ingredients; they tasted like they had parmesan cheese in them, which doesn't bother me.

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 3/2/2014 (13:08)
ANARIE Posts: 12,978
3/2/14 11:38 A

Scroll back through this forum and look for other threads answering the same question. This is asked at least once a week, and there are threads with hundreds of responses.

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3/2/14 11:23 A

I've been tracking my nutrition and have noticed a trend...I never get enough protein. Any suggestions on how I can increase my protein intake??

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