I know that our bodies handle fat, protein and carbs in such different ways, and it always drives me crazy when people say that we need a certain amount of calories, blah, blah, blah, with no regard to the makeup of the different macronutrients.
That is why I want to make sure that I am eating the right number of grams of fat, grams of protein and grams of carbs for my body, and whatever total amount of calories that adds up to is of no consequence to me. If I am eating too much, it means I am either eating too much fat, too much protein or too much carbs, not too many calories in general.
That is very interesting! So, you are to eat 1/6 of your weight in GRAMS of protein at each of three daily meals? So that is eating having your weight in pounds of grams of protein? At my current weight of 147 (gulp!) I would only be eating 73.5 grams of protein per day?But while the body is healing, calorie-reduction may be counterproductive. Or not. I don't know. I just know that before I started figuring out what I had to do to reduce my sugar cravings, I would always try to skip meals to make up for indiscretions. Then I started Radiant Recovery, which has the fundamental premise of "feed your body what it needs so the messed up biochemistry will heal." I followed the instructions to eat 1/6 my body weight in protein with every meal, no matter how full I already was from bingeing, and yeah, I gained 10lb first. I refer to it lovingly now as "the best 10lb I ever gained," b/c it came from increasing what I needed, and while that was happening, the need for the crap was diminishing. The next thing that happened was a huge decrease in cravings, and so I was no longer eating the huge amounts of non-needed food, and the weight started dropping, and has been on that trend ever since, three years now. VERY slowly, but the same trend. The 8 years of SLOW gaining finally stopped and the whole trend reversed, b/c of that 10 pounds.
I know that the low end of the grams of protein that Atkins recommends for a woman my height is 71 grams per day, which is pretty close to the 1/6 thing. Interesting.
My own story is that just starting to eat low carb (Atkins in March 2009) was enough to kill off any carb cravings I had. I still struggle when I am around family, but I'm sure that is an emotional thing, and not biological for me.