For the first 50lbs pounds I lost, I was just watching calories and working out. I was doing a lot more cardio then resistance training and it all was working for me. A few months ago I switched from a mostly pure cardio workout schedule to a more balanced cardio/resistance training regimen and saw better results. I documented those results in an earlier blog entry found here:
I really liked the increased resistance training, so about three weeks ago I started going the Supreme 90 Day program (a p90x type program). I have really enjoyed the program and I love working with the weights but almost immediately I noticed a HUGE spike in my hunger. I was hoping all would settle in once my body got used to it but every day my appetite was through the roof even though my base was 1600 calories and was eating my exercise calories.
I was just about to raise my calories when I read the book The New Rules of Lifting for Women. It recommended a 40/30/30 ratio (40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat). Yes, those are the ratios used in the Zone diet but the book doesn’t seem to specify having that ratio for each meal/snack like the Zone does. I thought I would give it a shot and changed my MFP ratios. I was shocked to see how much protein I needed to hit that goal but I thought I would give it a try.
Well I have been doing the 40/30/30 ratio for 2 weeks now and not only has my hunger gone down significantly but I have seen much better results on the scale. Prior to changing my ratios, I had been at a plateau for a few weeks. Since I was so close to my goal weight I thought that must be the end of it for me (even though I really wanted to lean out more). I wasn’t expecting to lose much by making the change and I really only made the switch to try to help hunger.
In the last 2 weeks I have lost 2.8lbs, which is amazing for me. The first week, when I lost 1.6lb, I thought it must just be a fluke and/or mostly water weight, but then when I weighed this week I was down another 1.2lbs. I am sold!! I was especially shocked with these numbers since I was fairly off track calorically over those 2 weekends. I can only imagine my results had I been 100% the whole 2 weeks.
Needless to say I am a believer. I still believe in calories in/calories out but the content of those calories has seemed to make all the difference for me since nothing else has changed. I realize that this will not work for everyone nor would everyone want to do it, but I wanted to share my experiences and results. Much like my switch to more weight training, I wish I had done this sooner and hope this information may help someone else.