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Protein v. Carbs.. I don't know if I'm getting enough or too little. Help!

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  • Protein v. Carbs.. I don't know if I'm getting enough or too little. Help!

    I went Primal a week ago and I've read a lot of the other forums and am reading his book right now. I know that you are supposed to eat anywhere from .7-1 times your body weight grams of protein a day and I am trying to do between 50 and 100 grams of carbohydrates a day. My problem is that I normally only eat 60-80 grams of protein a day and 40 or so grams of carbs. How do I increase my protein? Should I be worried about this or should I just limit my carbs even more? Should I eat more even if I'm not hungry?

    According to my calculations I should be eating 100-120 grams of protein a day and that is not happening. I normally have an egg at noon or so and then chicken or steak for dinner with some leafy greens. I have cut dairy (except for eggs and a dash of cream in my coffee in the morning) I don't eat any grains at all. I have been having some fruit and 85% dark chocolate as a dessert because I am still major craving crap and I figured that would be healthier and more primal then the stuff I used to eat. I'm a seventeen year old girl, I'm five foot seven and I weigh 175. I need to lose around 30 lbs but I'm more concerned with getting my body fat down.

    Any advice for me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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    The biggest thing you can do when starting out is to not count anything. This includes calories, protein, fat, and carbs. Give yourself a chance to adjust to the lifestyle. After you've been on it a few months, decide if you need to start counting anything. I only recommend keeping track of this stuff for stats nerds (like me sometimes) or if you're hitting a plateau and need to figure out where you're going wrong.

    What you should do is focus on nutritious, whole foods.

    If you provide a sample menu of what you've been eating for an entire day, I'm sure some of us can offer some advice though for making it better.

    Also, eggs are *not* dairy.
    Last edited by greenshady; 05-18-2012, 12:51 PM.