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Friday, May 19, 2017

A few months ago, I decided to go to a Registered Dietician for some diet help. Part of the reason I went was because they offered metabolism testing and I wanted to know my resting metabolic rate (RMR). I've been operating on the assumption it's freakishly slow and that's why it's so freaking hard to lose weight. Well, she was nice and she had some suggestions for my diet, increasing my protein to about 80 grams per day, which is a LOT for a vegetarian. But, long story short, she kept refusing to do the metabolic testing for reasons she never quite explained.

So, I switched RDs. Yesterday, I went to the GWU Weight Management and Human Performance Laboratory. I wanted science to back me up. They had a package to test my RMR and do something called a DEXA scan which is apparently the most accurate way to measure things like body fat.

It was really eye opening! They gave me a color printout of where the fat is on my body and ... WOW. It'd be amazing to go back in time and see what this thing would've looked like 50+ pounds ago! So, good news is my bone density is great. No osteoporosis here! Bad news is man I have a long way to go. Not that I didn't already know that, of course. Also, turns out my RMR is *not* freakishly slow. It's actually *faster* than anticipated. WHHHAAAAAT? Weird. My RMR is actually 1700 calories a day!

Anyway, based on the scans and my RMR, I now have a new diet plan. My old RD upped the protein but she said not to worry too much about fat. Don't go overboard, of course, but focus more on the protein. Well, part of this DEXA scan tells me that I'm burning about 80+% of my fat from food I'm eating, not what's stored in my body. Soooo, I have to cut the fat and up the protein even more.

Bottom line:

Calories 1500
Protein 134 grams (36%)
Carbohydrate 166 grams (44%)
Fat 33 grams (20%)

HOLY CRAP THAT IS A LOT OF PROTEIN. That number is based on a percentage of my total "fat free mass" and she gave me some sample meal plans to get there. Looks like I'm going to be eating a CRAP TON of egg whites and protein shakes. Yesterday and today I've been working really hard on it. Yesterday I got 117 grams and today I'll get 123 grams, so I'm getting close. I have to eat the food in the fridge so it doesn't go to waste, but I'll be buying some egg whites here pretty soon.

In related news, I have no idea how to eat in public ever again unless it's a diner where I can get tons of egg whites?? Vacation in a month will be interesting, but I'm going to give this four solid weeks of effort to see how it's working.
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