So, I have been training for months and just recently began logging again. I noticed something--I was not meeting my protein goal on a regular basis.
I took a look at my reports and noted that I averaged about 65-70 g of protein a day. I consume about 1700 base calories plus exercise calories which means I usually consume about 2200-2700 calories everyday. For the amount of intense training I have been doing, I was not supplying my body with very much protein for recovery. So, a little over a week ago, I decided to significantly increase my protein. I decided that I would increase my protein to a minimum of 100 g of protein everyday.
So, I bought protein bars, protein powder and plenty of lean proteins like non fat plain greek yogurt, chicken breast, eggs and fish. I also looked for cereal and other food stuffs that had a little extra protein to offer. I eat at least 4 times a day and so I knew that I would need to be intentional in order to get the protein in--this would be a huge change of habit for me. I know that many people "low carb" it to lose weight, but this has never been me and especially not now that I spend alot of time doing endurance training.
-having to consider choices carefully to ensure that the protein requirement is met
-making better choices and holding off on candy until the protein goal is met
-the possibility of encouraging muscle repair and reducing the risk of injury
-the discover of some delicious foods like my new fav cereal
-my hubby has found it to be of benefit to his digestive process
-finding and using a great recipe for protein bars
-the gas (protein powder is especially bad for this)
-the expense (lean proteins do not necessarily come cheap)
-the need for supplementation (which I hope to phase out eventually)
-some mild digestive issues for me
Honestly, I cannot find a good reason not to continue with this protein goal--it makes me consider my choices more carefully and omit unnecessary carbs like candy. It also encourages me to exercise so that I have more wiggle room to fit it all in.
Posted on 2012-08-12 by RaeN81