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Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats - OH MY!!


Friday, April 25, 2014

As most of you already know our food is essentially comprised of three things - Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats. Over the past 50 years weve been bombarded with literally HUNDREDS of ideas about DIET. We went from Eat what you want, just keep the CALORIES LOW to Low Fat, to No Fat, High Carb. In the mid to late 90s the low fat trend segued into High Protein-Low Carb, Atkins ULTRA Low Carb, Good Fats, Good Carbs, and The Glycemic Index. Honestly, its enough to make your head spin! And after all these fad diets we in the US remain the fattest nation on the face of the Earth. So what the heck ARE we supposed to eat, anyway? Doesn't anybody believe in a balanced diet anymore? I cant tell you how relieved I was to hear Dr. Oz suggest dividing the days CALORIES into roughly EQUAL portions of Carbs, Protein, and healthy Fats to lessen or eliminate food cravings. An interesting idea, but I wanted to know if it actually worked in the real world. Being a NERD at heart, and not a bit afraid of juggling a few numbers, I started digging around online. After way too much time spent wading through other peoples research, I realized I already had everything I needed to do my own study! And how did I do that? I went to my marvelous SparkPeople NUTRITION TRACKER and looked at the daily food logs containing everything Id eaten over the past month. It was a lot of data, but all I had to do was keep my eye on the bottom line that gave me a caloric breakdown for how much Carbohydrate, Protein, and Fat Id eaten that particular day. I also read through my Nutrition Notes for anything that might apply. I remembered having a couple of days when I felt so full and satisfied, I couldnt believe the ridiculously low calorie total. I kept going over my food logs trying to figure out what snacks or extra large portions Id forgotten to log. THATS when a pattern started to emerge, but it wasnt quite the one Dr. Oz led me to expect. MY best diet days - when Id eaten the fewest CALORIES, but experienced little or no FOOD CRAVINGS occurred when Id eaten around the same amount of calories in Carbohydrates and Fats, but consumed MORE calories in lean PROTEIN, which over the past month was mostly in the form of whey powder, and chicken breast. I plan on trying to stick to that ratio and see what happens. If you decide to try this yourself, shoot me a message or comment. I'd love to hear if this works for you!
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MERRYMARY42 4/28/2014 8:38PM

    for a week now I have been trying to keep my carbs low, below 90 and my protein around 90, and I want to do this a few more days, it is hard finding something different to eat, but just a bit more, and we will see if I lose a few pounds, absolutely no white carbs, so far, I am only skaky

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/28/2014 12:07PM

    So far I find I'm most satisfied and do best with a higher ratio of fat. Shocked me. It's almost always olive oil and/or avocado.

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