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Could protein be the key?

Friday, November 30, 2012

I've always tended to eat more carbs, and recently decided to try getting more protein in my diet, especially at breakfast - I was getting hungry two hours after eating a very generous bowl of oatmeal, milk, and fruit. See my "Tale of Three Breakfasts" blogs if you're interested. So, I decided to make egg sandwiches for breakfast instead for the protein and fat. I've alternated several things, but this work week I ate my egg sandwich breakfast every day (332 calories):

100 calories of whole grain bread,
one whole egg fried hard with very little cooking spray (70 calories)
one slice of (full fat - I can hardly believe it myself!) cheese (80 calories)
100 grams of apple
1/4 cup of skim milk in my tea

I usually have the apple and tea before my morning visit to the gym (6 am), and the egg sandwich between the gym and work (7:30ish). I still want a snack around 10, but not as badly as when I was eating oatmeal for breakfast. And, I'm coming a lot closer oin most days to the 50% Carb/25% Protein/25% fat ratio that Sparky recommends many days. And now that I mentioned that, I could have sworn that the recommended ratio was 50/25/25, but today the chart says 50C/20P/30F - did they change it, or was I hallucinating?! I'm still aiming for 50/25/25 regardless, because I'd prefer to eat a little less fat and a little more protein.

The other interesting thing is that I used to think my maintenance weight was in the 1450 calorie range, but I'm now averaging closer to 1500/day and the scale is creeping slowly downward (I'm recovering from 3 weeks of lax tracking and some minor scale creep). I used to believe that only the calories mattered, and not where they were from, but now I'm beginning to wonder about that. My daily totals for this week are:
Saturday: 1,373
Sunday: God only knows! - didn't track
Monday: 1,611 - easing myself back down
Tuesday: 1,555
Wed: 1,486
Thursday: 1,477
Today: 1,401 - so far. I'll likely end up at 1470 or so.
My activity each day has been very similar, and my current workouts aren't particularly calorie-burning, so I don't think they're a factor.

It's funny to be almost ten years into maintenance and still not have a definite maintenance number. Could it be the protein that's allowing me to eat slightly more calories and still lose weight? If so, I'm all for it.
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  • MKELLY72
    Interesting blog- thanks for sharing. I've been tossing around some ideas similar to this lately, and I think it's worth giving it a try.(more protein)
    2329 days ago
    i fully expect that i'll have to keep learning and changing things....my body just isn't that "static." i'm sure you'll keep figuring out your body. hang in there.
    2334 days ago
    I think it really does take some tweaking to see what works for each of us. Glad you're not quite as hungry with more protein!
    2334 days ago
    Hopefully you can figure out the secret for you to lose the weight and keep it off!!
    2334 days ago
  • PJ2222
    emoticon Its the carbs that matter! Suggest reading Protein Power Plan by Dr Mary Dan and Michael Eades! Its an oldie but goodie!
    Good luck and best wishes!
    2334 days ago
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