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NIRERIN Posts: 14,329
7/2/14 4:24 P

whichever one is the most difficult for you to get is the one that you should focus on. and that depends entirely on your preferences and habits. if you love chicken and could have 3-4 oz at every meal or snack, then focusing on protein might not be the best value for your efforts, particularly if you don't like a lot of vegetables. if you could eat any veggie, any time, any prep then but dislike meat, then focusing on protein is going to give you the highest return for your effort.
start by tracking a few days doing just what you usually do. once you see the total breakdown of what you're eating versus what you should be eating in terms of protein, carbs and fat you can make the decision to work on the macro that's most off. once you get the macros in line you can move on to other nutrients.

ENO1986 Posts: 20
7/2/14 2:16 P

I am not an expert or anything, but I think both are equally important fiber keeps you fuller longer and keeps you regular while protein helps with muscle mass which is important for losing weight because you want to lose fat not muscle.

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7/2/14 10:45 A

Protein, fiber, and fat are the three macros that keep you full since they all take more effort (and time) for your body to handle. Fiber can't actually be digested by our systems but it keeps everything "moving" so to speak. Protein and fat take more effort for our bodies to break down so a meal that includes protein and fat will keep you fuller longer. Because I eat a metric crap ton of vegetables already, I really focus on getting enough fat and protein in my diet.

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7/2/14 9:58 A

I don't do well in either of these departments. I know that if I have enough protien in a meal, I won't be hungry. I thought I was doing well with fiber, but's hard to get it all in. I may consider a supplement at this point.

And fiber is super important. My father had colon cancer. When he had a colostomy bag, his doctor recommended that he take daily fiber supplements (don't know why at that point)...said it wouldn't hurt if everyone took supplements. I should follow that practice considering cancer runs in the family.

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7/1/14 11:36 A

I only track my protein bc I'm a vegaholic and get tons of fiber from veggies.

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7/1/14 10:20 A

Most people recommend getting in 20-30 g of fiber per day, and about 60-80 g protein, depending on your activity. So as far as g per day protein is definitely more important. Most people will need to find their "sweet spot" for nutrition for weight loss. Most people go with the 50-30-20 split of carbs, protein, fat. Fiber is considered a complex carb, so its lumped into your carb percentage.

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7/1/14 10:17 A

Well if you want to boost your metabolism and stay full it is important to eat some kind, even if just a small amount, of protein with each meal. However fiber is also important because it keeps things moving and balances your system. But the good news is there is a lot of fiber in things like potatoes and other veggies and fruits so with variety you are getting both and will succeed in losing weight.

7/1/14 9:53 A

I hope this isn't a "stupid" question! In regards to losing weight, what is more important, protein or fiber? I understand both are vital, but just trying to get an idea of which I need to focus on more. I've heard that protein + veggies is more for weightloss. Thanks in advance!

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