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Follow up from gym / dietitian appointment

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hi Sparkers

Well yesterday I went to see my gym instructor for some dietitian advise
I've been doing ok, losing the same 2 pounds and gaining them again, and am aware that I'm not being as good as I used to me - although my clothes aren't super tight! - so I thought I'd better take a different look at what I'm eating

His recommendation, for me to lose body fat, is to increase protein and fat intake and eat less carbs - I've been having 200g carbs per day which apparently means my body is using those to fuel my days / workouts rather than tapping into my (vast) stores.

I've tried high protein diets before and really not enjoyed them (Atkins about 10 years ago) so was a bit reluctant at first. He's going to work on a menu for me and I'm doing the same.

So today I thought I'd work through and try to do something myself (should have his ideas by tomorrow lunchtime though)

So I'm having 5 small meals per day - spread evenly throughout the day.

Today was -
Breakfast - porridge with canned peaches (in juice, drained) 256 calories - 75 carbs, 3 fat, 9 protein
Morning snack (10am) 30g hazlenuts with 20g sunflower seeds 305 cals - 10 carb, 28 fat, 8 protein
Gym session - ran 22 mins on treadmill (no stopping YAY me!!!) plus 10 mins on bike, some strength training and stretching
Lunch - chicken salad box with plain yogurt as desert - 14g carb, 6 fat, 34 protein
Adternoon snack - houmous (low fat) with celery and raw brocolli - 192 cals, 17g carb, 11 fat, 9 protein
Evening meal - chicken and bacon parcels (bought) with leeks, cauli and a (very)few potatoes done in olive oil - plus a chocolate chip cookie - i know I shouldn't have, but I really enjoyed it! - cals 481, 33 carbs, 22 fat, 39 protein

I'm really quite impressed with myself - totals for the day 1,480 cals, 148 carbs, 71 fat and 99 protein - not bad for a first day

What do you all think?

Now planning for tomorrow - mackeral with salad for lunch, may combine some of those lovely sunflower seeds into my lunch instead of a snack. I can't give up my porridge, it keeps me on the straight and narrow!
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    I think what really makes the difference is not whether you eat carbs or protein but that the 'calories in' overall are less than the 'calories out'.

    But to build muscle we all need protein, and making sure we get enough inevitably displaces some carbs. So what he's suggesting is fine so long as you don't go to extremes.

    I personally don't like to go below the lower limits suggested by SparkPeople, their guidance on carbs is that if you don't get enough the body finds it easier to use muscle than fat for an energy source. I try to get the right sort of carbs - as little as possible from refined sugar, most of it from grains and veggies :)

    I hope you start to see some results soon :)
    2263 days ago
    Sounds great!! emoticon Keep going, emoticon
    2263 days ago
    Hi Mary. Good for you for seeking out the advice of a nutritionist. I am so clueless in this department. It looks like a balanced meal for the day and the calorie intake looks good too. Keep us posted as to how this is working out for you.

    2264 days ago
  • RLB54321
    Looks good and I think it if fabulous that you went to go speak with a nutritionist. I too would not like a high protein diet. Keep going, you can do this!
    2264 days ago
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