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    Not Enough Protein

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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?
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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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    Put shrimp on your food. 1 cup = 40 g protein. Also don't kill yourself over ratios.

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

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