Tuesday, May 07, 2013
I know there are lots of people out there who swear by "low carbing" but I ain't one of them. Don't get me wrong, I definitely see the value in getting plenty of protein. And I also see the benefits of avoiding refined carbs (white flour/sugar) when possible. But low carb? Not for me.
I tried an Atkins frozen meal for the first time today at lunch. It was one that a coworker recommended and she was right, it was very yummy! But the numbers on it weren't great (as far as I'm concerned). First of all, for supposedly being so protein-focused, it only had 16 grams of protein. There are plenty of Lean Cuisines that have that much protein. Second, it had 25 grams of fat in it! 25!!! What the what?
(Note: I just happened to pick the Atkins meal with the highest fat-to-protein ratio. Some of the others have more protein and/or less fat. But still. 25 grams of fat! www.atkins.com/Products/
For the rest of the day I worked hard to get healthy carbs and avoid fats so I wouldn't go over my limit on fats for the day.
Coincidentally, I read this article today on SparkPeople about eating more protein in order to feel full longer.
I agree with that article completely, I have observed myself that I feel satisfied longer when I get plenty of protein. But the article also closes by reinforcing that we need a balance of macronutrients, including healthy carbs.