After getting my body composition tested, it was recommended that I increase my protein and decrease my carbohydrate intake. Although I’ve been told this many times before, understanding the WHY has really helped me to apply the concepts.
At first, I tracked my protein and carbs through the FatSecret app on my iPhone but I quickly realized it was just too much for me. Tracking my nutrients makes me think about food ALL. THE. TIME! It took me a few days to figure it out, but I decided to focus on two things: eating protein and eating vegetables.
I wasn’t going to be strict with my carb intake but decided to focus on having one serving of complex carbs each day and getting the rest of my carbs from my vegetables, fruits, and AdvoCare supplements. I honestly can not begin to tell y’all how amazing I’m feeling these past few weeks!
First off, Thanksgiving was not an issue for me what so ever! I enjoyed one plate of delicious Thanksgiving food and savored some amazing desserts after dinner. I didn’t overeat and I didn’t feel bad. It honestly was just like any other day (with a few added treats). I have NEVER left Thanksgiving feeling that great!
When eating out, I have focused on veggies and protein, allowing the carbs to come second. I can’t avoid them, but I can try to not have them be the star of my meal.
Lunches have ranged from brown rice sushi to salads to leftovers from dinner. I tend to have my complex carb with lunch, so if I have brown rice with lunch then I’ll focus on veggies and protein for dinner.
Dinners have been the most enjoyable as I’ve had to get a little creative. Because my carb serving almost always is consumed before dinner I’ve had to find ways to make my dinners low carb. I’ve enjoyed roasted pork over veggies…
Beef burgers over vegetables…
and a portobello mushroom “bun” burger.
I have so much energy, my workouts are going great (#365DayFitChallenge), and my sugar cravings are starting to diminish!
I know everyone’s different, but I want to challenge you to think about how many carbs you’re eating each day. For one week, try to decrease your carb intake and see how you feel… I think you’ll be surprised 1. by how many carbs you currently eat (fruit, breads, grains, vegetables, etc) and 2. how great you feel when you limit your carbs.
Again, I am NOT a doctor or a nutritionist but I really believe in the science behind using protein and fat for energy and not excess carbs. It’s really hard to do, but once you break the addiction to the carbs (sugar), it’s pretty amazing how great you’ll feel eating lean and green for weight loss.