Keto//OS Facts: Scale won’t budge? Stay Calm and Read ON
Recipe: Turnip Home Fries - Super Low Carb & Delicious!
Good day! Hot on the heels of last week’s talk on Carbohydrates, this week we deal with Protein….one of the big three macros that our bodies simply cannot do without. Like carbs and fats, this category of food is often misunderstood and for good reason - from low protein diets to high protein diets, every one of them claiming to be the answer to your problems they all, every one of them, contradict each other.
But before I get into that - a tip that it’s Mother’s day this weekend…know what that means? Well first, don’t forget. Second, I’m going to guess that there is a strong chance that we will see a Keto//OS promo this weekend so check my Facebook page KetoNat (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) - I will post it if and when it should be announced. No promises - but I have a feeling.
How much protein you eat has everything to do with your goals, your age, your stage, your activity levels, your diet (!?) and yes, even your genetics (we believe). To avoid an uber long post I am going to stick to the assumption that you are omnivores. The discussion around animal vs vegetable protein is a whole other topic that I will deal with on another day. I am also going to hone in the value of eating less protein than you may think you need - seriously.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider this idea:
Before I leave you I’d like to hone in on a couple of these points. First, the idea of ideal bodyweight as a way to calculate your protein needs. If you are carrying an extra 50 pounds or more, it goes without saying that you don’t want to be feeding yourself based on your current weight but rather, your target weight. The trouble is that if you have a lot of weight to lose it may be too extreme for you to cut your protein too far back all in one shot. So, take it in stages.
I’m going to go back to the Cronometer App and strongly suggest that you give it a good look. I promise you that you will be shocked at how little animal protein you will end up eating in a day compared to what you are eating now…I know I was. My target? 41 grams of protein a day. That’s equivalent to 55 g of tuna (14 g of protein) and a 4 oz serving of Cod (25.9 g) - add that to the little bits of protein in my vegetables and other foods and I have surpassed my 41 gram target. Am I making myself sick about this? Nope. But it is making me much more aware of what I eat and I am also making an effort to consume more healthy fats which I am often low on at the end of the day. Because I love vegetables I have no issues there and by focusing on fibrous vegetables I am well within my carbohydrate targets.
This approach may or may not be the right one for you - please bear in mid that not only am I not a doctor but, within all this we have to take into account bio individuality, genetics, your activity levels, any illnesses you may have and in the end, the actual results that are produced when you change what you are doing. But it is worth a try and there is a lot of science that says that we over consume protein as a society.…finding a better balance will pay off for you and your health any way you look at it. This is how I coach my clients - we pick a starting point, they learn what it looks and feels like, we observe their results - we either stay the course or adjust….the beauty of personalized nutrition.
Keto//OS Fast Facts: I’m not losing weight - what gives?
As much as exogenous ketones for many people can be the one thing they need to get their bodies burning fat, for others it may take a bit more time and focus. Why? Because there are a series of things that you may or may not be doing that are standing in the way between you and your best results. Here are few things to consider:
And please do not forget that better composition is only one of many profound benefits of getting ketones into your body - better focus, better energy, better mood, better sleep….Better is the operative word!.
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