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    I have problems getting enough protein. If I eat enough to meet my daily needs, which according to the book is about 115 grams/day, I would have to increase the fat and carbs as well to keep my ratios of fat, carbs and proteins where they should be. I feel like I would be forcing myself to eat food I'm not hungry for. I have noticed the more protein I eat, the more success I have with my weight loss. (Which, btw, if I stayed at this weight for the rest of my life, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, but ideally I would like to lose about another 10 lbs)

    Am I overthinking this? Anyone else have this issue?
    "It may be normal darling, but I'd rather be natural." -Holly Golightly

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    You could always add things to your diet that are pure protein. Canned tuna, for example, is just about pure protein.
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    • #3
      Put shrimp on your food. 1 cup = 40 g protein. Also don't kill yourself over ratios.
      If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RednGreen View Post
        I have problems getting enough protein. If I eat enough to meet my daily needs, which according to the book is about 115 grams/day, I would have to increase the fat and carbs as well to keep my ratios of fat, carbs and proteins where they should be. I feel like I would be forcing myself to eat food I'm not hungry for. I have noticed the more protein I eat, the more success I have with my weight loss. (Which, btw, if I stayed at this weight for the rest of my life, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, but ideally I would like to lose about another 10 lbs)

        Am I overthinking this? Anyone else have this issue?
        I have noticed this too. When I first started using FitDay, I realised that my protein intake was way below even 80 grams per day; to increase this and keep ratios as we are told they should be, I simply could not eat the amount of food required.

        So - I started weighing everything I ate (in grams because I find that easier) and checking on FitDay to see how I was doing with vitamins, minerals, RDA etc , whihc was just fine (needed more potassium and magnesium most days and of course Vit D!)

        I have just accepted that I can't eat huge amounts, nor do I want to. Weight has reduced then levelled off, health has much improved , BP is reduced and good - so I'm not worrying if my protein intake is lower than 90. Surely the figures are arbitrary to some extent anyway?!

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        • #5
          I eat lots of meat (including fish), cottage cheese and eggs and I still supplement with whey protein powder. Most of the time I go way over a gram per pound of lean body mass that I have, but since protein is filling and makes a really bad fuel I don't care. I know that I'm getting plenty of energy from the fat that inherently comes along with the protein. As much as I tout high protein intake it's still only fifty to sixty percent of my diet. I just err on the side of too much protein rather than not enough.
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          • #6
            Thanks for your responses. I haven't been having smoothies lately and have just very recently introduced coconut oil to my diet (thanks to this forum). I think this may be a good opportunity to get back on the smoothie train and add in these 2 ingredients!
            "It may be normal darling, but I'd rather be natural." -Holly Golightly

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            • #7
              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/protein-amounts-in-food/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Daemonized View Post
                You could always add things to your diet that are pure protein. Canned tuna, for example, is just about pure protein.
                +1.
                You don't have to eat fatty meats all the time. Round steak/London Broil is a pretty lean cut, too----and it's delicious if you cook it rare
                Please make sure you get the amount of protein you really need.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kuno1chi View Post
                  +1.
                  You don't have to eat fatty meats all the time. Round steak/London Broil is a pretty lean cut, too----and it's delicious if you cook it rare
                  Please make sure you get the amount of protein you really need.
                  I have moved down a notch on my steaks too, by the way. I used to be a fan of medium rare, but now I'm all the way to full on rare. I fixed a rare T bone Monday night that came out just awesome. I could probably down a steak raw if I were so inclined.
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                  • #10

                    I think I'm only cooking them to take the chill off.

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                    • #11
                      Ugh Daemonized and Kuno, I wish I could enjoy steak like that. For me, there is such a fine line between it being the most delicious thing I've ever had and the most disgusting. I don't know how to prepare it just right to make it delish so I rarely eat steak. (or seafood for that matter- I do not enjoy it at all)

                      Now brisket and pot roast on the other hand, I can't get enough!!
                      "It may be normal darling, but I'd rather be natural." -Holly Golightly

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kuno1chi View Post

                        I think I'm only cooking them to take the chill off.
                        Just show the cow a lit match and that should be done enough.
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                        • #13
                          Easiest way to get more protein would probably be whey. A scoop of whey powder with some coconut milk and frozen berries and you're done. I know they make some unflavored powders if you don't want the artificially flavored stuff.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RednGreen View Post
                            Ugh Daemonized and Kuno, I wish I could enjoy steak like that. For me, there is such a fine line between it being the most delicious thing I've ever had and the most disgusting. I don't know how to prepare it just right to make it delish so I rarely eat steak. (or seafood for that matter- I do not enjoy it at all)

                            Now brisket and pot roast on the other hand, I can't get enough!!

                            Uhhhhhhhhh...."moo!"

                            But seriously...you don't have to eat your steak rare.
                            Just don't turn it into leather The reason I eat it this way, is that my tummy likes it better.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by breadsauce View Post
                              I have noticed this too. When I first started using FitDay, I realised that my protein intake was way below even 80 grams per day; to increase this and keep ratios as we are told they should be, I simply could not eat the amount of food required.
                              HUH?

                              Ratios are a guidline only.

                              Set carbs <150g
                              Set protein .8-1.2 g/LBM
                              Set fat balance per goals

                              That is it.

                              The ratios will not be the same for everybody.

                              Think about it! Griff, Deomonized, Malpaz all with the same ratios?

                              Not really rocket surgery...
                              Don't be a paleotard...

                              http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nut...oxidation.html

                              http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nut...torage-qa.html

                              http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat...rn-fat-qa.html

                              http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nut...-you-need.html

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