I wanted to put some of this nutritional training into action, and who better to be my first test subjects than Laura and I! So last week both of us did a little nutritional experiment. We have never been calorie counters. We believe and try to teach people that it is more about quality than quantity. If you get the quality right the quantity will take care of itself.
One of the common faults that we see with a lot of people we work with is that they don’t eat ENOUGH food/calories. Modern culture as perpetuated a myth that the way to lose weight is to exercise more and eat less. The focus is not on what you eat but more so, how much you eat. We wanted to bust this myth, especially using Laura as a female example.
I calculated the calorie needs for Laura and myself based on our current weight, body type, activity level, whether we wanted to lose or maintain, and also took into account the fact that Laura is nursing so she required some additional calories. This is what we came up with based on Laura wanting to lose weight and I wanted to maintain;
Total Calories: 2,800
Daily Carbs: 350 grams
Daily Fat: 78 grams
Daily Protein: 175 grams
Total Calorie: 2,750
Daily Carbs: 275 grams
Daily Fat: 92 grams
Daily Protein: 206 grams
Honestly we sort of decided at the last minute to do this...so we really didn't give ourselves a chance to back out. Kinda smart, huh?? To keep it simple and to the point, I'll break it down by day:
Day 1: I felt like I was eating CONSTANTLY but I felt good! I didn't feel like I was going to explode or anything but by about 5:30 pm I did feel a bit gassy ;) Hey! Just being honest! I had quite a few carbs left over that night so I was forced to have a glass of wine...darnit. I actually went over on my fat and protein but not by much.
Day 2: Pretty much every day we both had 1 egg and 8 egg whites scrambled with ham and spinach...and 2 or 3 slices of Ezekiel toast. Really good but we missed having the entire egg! Felt pretty good all day...and by the end of the day I had come SOCLOSE to hitting all of my macros
Day 3: Decided to add some steel cut oats to the menu for breakfast, on top of the scrambled eggs to try to make sure I got my carbs in. Having to track everything is getting a bit old...but weirdly addicting at the same time.
Day 5: FRIDAY!!! We drove to Des Moines on this day and packed snacks. We even tried to stick with the plan for dinner when we were at my parents house...Dan went and bought some smoked salmon and baby red potatoes. And then we even had some pizza from Costco :) Hey! If it fits your macros...go for it! That's a hashtag on Instagram, go check it out!
All in all, I'm actually really glad we did this. I felt great all week except for being a bit gassy at first. It was kinda fun getting to eat so many carbs because we normally don't eat that much but like I said, tracking everything got a bit monotonous. I will say that by the end of the week I felt leaner and not as bloated as crazy as that sounds!!
I went from weighing 154 lbs on Monday morning to weighing 151.3 lbs on Saturday morning. I seriously couldn't believe it!
Honestly, I'd be tempted to keep going with this plan to see what the long term effects would be, BUT I love a variety of food and I don't like to have to worry about where I'm at with my macros before I eat every meal. I will definitely do this again though in the future!!
I won't go quite as detailed as Laura but my experience was very similar to hers. The first couple of days I was a little gassy from the added protein. The constant tracking of calories was a little annoying. It made eating multi-ingredient homemade dishes pretty difficult so we tended to eat a lot of the same stuff; chicken, brown rice, turkey, pork tenderloin, salads for lunch, and lots of egg whites for breakfast.
My takeaways, are that I'm eating a little too much fat, especially if I want to build muscle and lean out. I was also a little short on my protein. So I've kept up with greek yogurt as a snack and I try to make one or two snacks a day something protein dense: tuna salad, turkey breast, or Shakeology.