I just got back from Target, where I bought a Flash superhero T-shirt for the teenager (tomorrow is some sort of superhero spirit day), a dollar's worth of Dr. Seuss erasers, some fancy striped drinking straws (props for photo shoots) and a 2.5-pound bag of skinless, boneless chicken breasts.
I added up all the protein in that bag and thought to myself "No way in hell am I supposed to eat this much protein in one day!"
I had a check-in with a trainer who was giving me eating pointers and she threw out this figure -- eat 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight.
For me, that comes out to a little more than 200 grams of protein per day, which seems a bit nuts. Now she's not a registered dietitian and said that she was not an authority on eating, so I did some Googling and apparently the 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight is something that was recommended to musclehead bodybuilders way back in the day, but for the most part no one is recommending that anymore.
It's more like 1 gram per kilo of body weight (about half of what I was trying to shove down yesterday) or 1 gram per pound of lean body mass (also around the same number).
Chickens can rest safely now -- I am not coming to get you.
Needless to say, eating yesterday was stressful, thinking that I needed to slaughter entire fields of chickens to get through the week.
AND I DON'T WANT EATING TO BE STRESSFUL! AAAAAYEEEE!
(Stressful eating makes me, ummmm, eat, and not hard-boiled egg whites. More like fistfuls of Cheerios.)
But I did get a good takeway from the trainer meeting, and it's something I already knew from Robert Ferguson's Diet Free Life program. It's all about keeping your blood sugar stable throughout the day, because those rollercoaster peaks and valleys encourage fat storage and cravings.
The trainer's recommendation is not to go carb crazy at breakfast, which is what a lot of people do. Instead of a superfruity smoothie or a bagel, I should reach for protein, fat and non-starchy carbs to kick the day off with a smoother start, blood-sugar wise. Her recommendation is to leave the starches and fruit to mid-day, and get back on the low sugar/starch bandwagon at dinner again so you don't wake the craving monster.
It's funny when I look back over posts I did a couple years ago (like that polar bear one). While I'm glad I got over that plateau, I always wonder why I don't follow that great advice I dished out in 2012 for more than a minute.
(Aww, man. I set out to write a post about protein and this life lesson dumped itself on my keyboard.)
This is one of my constant regrets (is it a regret or a frustration? regret sounds so sad and I ain't sad), something that itches back in the recesses of my psyche.
- Why is this taking so long?
- Why don't I pick something and stick to it?
- Why do I sabotage myself?
- Why do I start some thing and see the scale go up instead of down?
- How do those people lose all their weight in a year or two?
My exercise is spot on, I eat super healthy food, my water drinking is way better than it's been in years, I'm going to bed at a reasonable hour now and getting around 8 hours of sleep a night, I log nearly all my food ...
... nearly all my food ...
(Cue the INXS-themed blog post from two years ago...)
So, in summation:
- More protein but not MOAR PROTIEEEEEEN.
- Superhero T-shirt.
- No blood-sugar rollercoasters.
- INXS songs and angry polar bears.
- Drinking a blackberry smoothie as I finish this BECAUSE IT'S LUNCH AND IT'S FRUIT TIME.
- Real estate analogies to weight loss.
Thank you, carry on.