Protein????

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IdaMarie78

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 13:23
So I am following a 1500 calorie diet but have noticed in my journaling over the last 2 weeks that my carbs are almost double my protein intake daily. I do not like that Sad. I need to flip those numbers around.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can add more protein in my diet?

I can already tell that my Fiber1 cereal is high in carbs and thank goodness the box is almost gone.

Ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks? Suggestions? What are some of your fave protein packed foods???

Thanks in advance...I am so thankful that my buddy Jim turned me onto FatSecret.
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vanessa896

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 13:27
almonds,Kashi Go Lean high protein,chicken breasts,yougurt,cottage cheese,pb...
vanessa896

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 13:28
jerky!
MichaelOrang...

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 13:35
tilapia, tofu, chicken chicken chicken
China1012

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 13:41
I do salads with lots of veggies with grilled or boiled chicken breast. Also, fish and lean meats, and beans have protein. Also eat hard boiled eggs (w/o yolk). I like eggs, cuz they are soo low in calorie. I also keep unsalted mixed nuts at my desk to snack on. Have you ever tried hummus??? that's also a good snack, with carrots and celery, its a pretty good dip. They also have multigrain english muffins that are low carb. Or even peanut butter is good too!
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 13:48
That is normal. There are a lot of different ways of eating, but with almost all of them, protein will be the lowest of the three macronutrients. Your body can only process so much protein at a time anyway. If you eat too much, it gets stored as fat, just like any other food. It also takes a toll on your liver. 30% of your calories from protein is the most I would aim for, unless you are a body builder Smile

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 13:51
I eat kashi cereal which is fairly high in protein, edamame is great for protein as well. Beans, cottage cheese, eggs, etc. I have actually read that more protein less carbs is not necessary to lose weight of course it is your choice.

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 13:51
GREEK YOGURT

String Cheese

Protein Powder...look for one with low carb

Egg whites

Peanut butter
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 14:12
Suggestion: Identify some buddies (or members who have their diet calendars public) who are eat low-carb & browse their food journals to see what they eat. I do it all the time & not only have I grown closer to & more fond of my Atkins buddies, but I've discovered tons of delicious foods I can eat that are consistent with my goals.
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China1012

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 14:40
Kat - i do that too!!! just so i don't get bored of what i eat, and to get new ideas of foods/snacks!
Tiramisa

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 15:34
Check the carbs that you are eating already and read the labels then substitute a comparable product with more protein. Example: alot of breads are so overprocessed that they have very little protein choose a higher quality bread with more grams of protein per slice. Also substitute whole grain pasta for white pasta. And the more protein you add to your diet the less hungry you will be in between meals. I find that a whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter can last me till lunch whereas a 1 full of sugar pop tart with no protein will last about an hour.
IdaMarie78

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 15:44
thank you all for your responses Smile
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 15:51
Great question, I was wondering the same thing. There are some greeat answers here as well. Thank you all.
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 19:43
Pork tenderloin is low in fat and calories. Hormel brand (at walmart, target and most grocery stores) have pre-marinated flavored ones. My favorite is the Maple-Bourbon flavor. All you have to do is pop it in a pan and put it in the oven on 350 for about 50 minutes until the temp is 160 degrees. I like to cook one ahead of time and that gives me enough meat to last several days. It has been a great help in my journey!!
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MichaelOrang...

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Posted: 20 Jan 2011, 08:10
what works best for me is the ratio: 1 part fat 2 parts protein 4 parts carbs.
so my daily intake is 50g of fat, 100g protein, and 200g carbs (based on a 1700 calorie diet). I have seen crazy improvement from this, because you can't eat junk without being hungry. it makes you eat right. i have found a love for lemon pepper chicken and any fish.
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Posted: 18 Feb 2011, 20:53
Feel free to look at my food journal... I never plan it but I always seem to get at least 50% of my cals from protein... I weight lift everyday and my boyfriend follows the Arnold Schwarzenegger so I guess it rolls over to me... The only thing that sucks about eating a lot of protein is I always almost never get enough fiber... I have to supplement. =[ yuck! Best low carb protein is GNC AMP. It seems kind of pricey but the serving size is huge! I only take 1/3 of serving size (20 grams of protein). Good luck!
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Posted: 18 Feb 2011, 21:04
IdaMarie, is there a reason why you want to increase your protein level so much, or is it just thinking that carbs are bad? With only 3 types of calories, you have to balance carbs, protein and fat accordingly. As several posters have already pointed out, most people DO end up consuming much more carbs than anything else that is is pretty normal- they're our bodies' primary fuel source. While you might still want to up your protein a bit based on the balance that works for you, you should also pay attention to what types of carbs your eating. If you're getting most of them from veggies and whole grains (which should be reflected in higher fiber numbers), then you're on the right track.
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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 08:27
Weightlifters try to eat a gram or protein per pound of body weight. It seems a lot of people agree that 60g a day is not enough and I'm guessing that if you are eating 100g that's plenty. Instead of upping your protein you need to eliminate the carbs.

I only looked at a few days of your diet calendar but there are a few things you can do like eliminate (or find better substitutes for) the rice and the breads. I eat the whole grain tortillas from the Santa Fe company and they are only 6g net carbs. As an added bonus they are the best tasting tortillas I have ever had.

Cut out the high carb fruits like grapefruit.

I would keep up the smoke turkey that you had a snack. In a typical day I tent to eat at 10, a snack around 2, dinner around 6, exercise at 9, and then I eat two pieces of oven roasted turkey before bed. It gives me a post workout protein boost and I tend to wae up the next day not hungry. I also try to cap my net carb consumption on those meals at 40g, 40g, and 20g.

If you like eggs have them instead of cereal. I also like cold asparagus so I will cook up a couple of batches and then have them as a quick snack or as part of my dinner.
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irish_chick

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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 08:31
Hey Ida. Protein used to be a really hard thing for me to get enough of too and I still have to make a conscious effort. I don't worry about carbs anymore...They're easy to get Smile I'm constantly making adjustment to my daily plan to get my protein to the level I want. Feel free to look at my diet calendar, I think I've gotten pretty good at it.

Here are some things that work for me. Try to keep the ratios inline on a meal to meal basis so that your not overloading any meal with to much of any nutrient. This will also help you feel full between meals if you keep it in balance. Carbs make you full first when they burn off the protein will start burning next and will get you to the next meal comfortably.

Basics are egg whites, chicken, greek yogurt, shrimp, fish, scallops (super great with paprika and liquid smoke), cottage cheese(watch the sodium), whey protein (for the quick fix when your short), protein bars (but read the labels get ones that are low in carbs, EAS is good brand).

Also make adjustment to the carbs you do eat to help get things in balance. I use whole wheat low carb wraps instead bread. I use egg noodles instead regular pasta. Quinoa instead of rice.

Hope these suggestions help. If you want some ideas on specific combinations that work really well for me shoot me a message and I'll send them. Good luck and I'm really impressed with your effort on this!
Hoser

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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 08:51
It's not at all clear to me why you think your carbs should be lower and your protein higher. Are you following a low-carb diet If not, why do you think it matters?



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