My Plate is Full…

Chris Rouse

Chris Rouse

I don’t want to sound like a broken record because I’ve said this more times than one. I am a vegetarian and I struggle with my carb intake and yes I eat toooo many.  I am not a fast foody,  I eat pretty healthy and workout regularly.  Then why is it so difficult for me to lose the 15 lbs. I’ve been trying to shed all summer.  People will tell you to keep a diary of everything you eat during the day and you will be amazed at what you are actually eating.   I’ve done this in the past but I’m never really surprised because I know what my problem is…The CARBs.

Lately I’ve been working out with a group of women focusing on more muscle toning. When started I told the instructor that I wanted to concentrate on toning my Abs and losing that 15lbs that came for a visit and has made my body it’s permanent residence. When I said this to him, the first thing that he said to me was, “you’re not eating enough protein”…light bulb!  At first I didn’t think  he knew what he was talking about because, yes I was sure that I was getting enough protein in my daily diet and how dare he tell me that, he didn’t know me!!!  One day I said maybe he’s onto something because surely I should  be down at least 15 lbs. by now, the summer is over!  My cardio is pretty consistence and as I mentioned before, I am not a fast foody, but my plate is full. Yes FULL of too many %&!# CARBs!!!!

Now I am on the website searching for more protein and I understand why the instructor said that I wasn’t eating enough protein…another light bulb!!! Eating adequate amounts of protein can promote moderate weight loss since it increases satiety (the feeling of being full after eating food), may slightly speed up metabolism and makes it easier to stick with a low-calorie diet. This turns out to be really profound, my food intake is such that I tend to favor more CARBs for the same reason, I want to feel full…WOW. Feeling full but eating the wrong foods to accomplishment it. If you’re like me and need more protein check out the chart below and don’t forget greens they also have a lot of protein.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women should eat around 46 grams of protein per day, and men should eat around 56 grams.  I am on my way to increasing my protein intake and will let you know if I see a difference over the next 2 months.   I need to bid farewell to 15 lbs.

Wish me luck!….Chris

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