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Protein makes a difference

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

After much trial and error, I have determined that I do best eating more rote in than recommended, at least 80 grams. Yes, that's a lot, but I've done the logging and evaluation to reach this conclusion.

On days I don't reach my protein, I always crave more carbs, and I usually end up eating at least 1100 calories over the top end of my range. Talk about a fail! Unfortunately, I often don't realize I'm deficient on protein until I get the munchies bad just before bed. By then, I've usually already exceeded my calorie goal because I wasn't eating properly all day.

It's not enough to eat a high-protein breakfast. I have to eat protein all day long. That can be a chore when I'm not home. I've tried carrying nuts with me, but they don't digest well when I'm running around. I end up needing a soda, which totally defeats the purpose if being prepared; I should just run through a drive through for a burger and iced tea.

One of these days I'll be organized to plan my out-and-about days better. For that matter, I'll have snacks at the ready at home for days like yesterday when I wasn't feeling so hot and grabbed whatever was easiest (cookies and chips). In the meantime, I'll focus on having a good amount of protein in all my meals and snacks so I don't find out at 9pm that I'm going to need another meal before I can fall asleep.
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  • LLARA1
    I have this same issue! I need to eat between 80-120 grams/day to stay satiated. I aim for 15-20 grams per meal and snack, and that really seems to help.

    One of the things that helps me meet that is adding 1/2 a scoop of flavored protein powder to a serving of plain cottage cheese or greek yogurt (or plain powder to a flavored dairy product). It's fairly portable if you take an insulated cooler bag with you when out running errands.

    Also, if you're familiar with Lara Bars they have one called ALT that has 10 grams of protein and it comes in different flavors. They're very good and very portable :)
    1551 days ago
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