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 we’ve 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 90’s the low fat trend segued into ‘High Protein-Low Carb, Atkins ULTRA Low Carb, Good Fats, Good Carbs, and The Glycemic Index. Honestly, it’s 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 can’t tell you how relieved I was to hear Dr. Oz suggest dividing the day’s 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 people’s 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 I’d 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 I’d 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 couldn’t believe the ridiculously low calorie total. I kept going over my food logs trying to figure out what snacks or extra large portions I’d forgotten to log. THAT’S when a pattern started to emerge, but it wasn’t quite the one Dr. Oz led me to expect. MY best diet days - when I’d eaten the fewest CALORIES, but experienced little or no FOOD CRAVINGS occurred when I’d 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!