I attended a nutrition session last night for my Get Healthy for Habitat weight loss challenge. It was presented by Luke, the owner of the local Anytime Fitness. I was so motivated by him and his employees. Hope I win, I mean lose :). Here's what was presented: Be concerned with only Protein, Carbohydrates, and fat. Don't count calories.
Protein: Take your goal weight and eat that many grams of protein everyday. I want to weigh 140,so I need to eat 140 grams of protein each day.
Carbohydrates: No more than 150 grams each day. Fluctuate the amount eaten base on what you are doing. Eat more on weight lifting days and less on rest days.
Fat: eat at least 20 g of fat but no more than 40 g each day.
He gave several examples of protein to eat. Oh and all green vegetables are freebies. :)
Being Catholic, today was a difficult day to start this program. First of all eating that much protein in a day is very difficult. He suggested starting with 100 g. But eating 100 g of protein without eating meat is very difficult. Nuts can only be used for some of the protein because of the fat content.
I am finding it difficult not to count calories. But it is somewhat liberating to not know how many calories I have consumed. And I am thinking about what food I eat more because of the P, C, F content. When counting calories I would eat anything and stop when I hit my "goal." This method has me eating healthier foods. I'll keep you posted on how it is working for me. Oh, and the best part. You get a cheat meal each week. Eat whatever I want and I don't have to write it down, just acknowledge it's my cheat meal.
Today I walked for 15 minutes before body sculpting the did 45 minutes of body sculpting, then rode the exercise bike for 15 minutes. I am feeling great.