Microblog: Carnivore Cure – Counting Calories and Macros
You can count macros when you first get started, just to get an idea of how much you are eating and if it’s enough.
🥩Once you get past the physical sugar craving phase, and you are eating only meats, you may not feel hungry. You don’t get HANGRY and for some reason you can go hours and even days without eating. But don’t undereat.
⚠️You may regret it because undereating long term can cause hair loss, hormonal changes, underactive thyroid.
✅Instead, make sure in the beginning that you are eating 0.8 g of protein to 1 g of protein for every pound of ideal body weight. So, if your maintenance weight is 150 lbs, you should be consuming about 120 g to 150 grams of PROTEIN (not meat). The only way you might know this, is to put your meals in MyFitnessPal for a period.
⛔️Stop using chronometer for daily values. If you don’t believe the SAD diet, why do you believe their daily value guidance? Trust your body. Get occasional bloodwork.
Why do I think it’s important to eat around this much?
1️⃣I followed the adage of eat as much as you want and overtime, my energy tanked. I’ve also found that most of my female clients don’t do well on higher protein. Most of them come to me because they have low energy, they have chronic loose stools and they can’t lose weight.
2️⃣If you don’t eat enough protein, you are risking longevity. Proteins (Amino acids are the building blocks of everything) in your body. If you don’t eat sufficient protein, you will start to lose muscle mass. Not a good thing.
🍖Some of my clients eat 2-3 lbs of meat and when we dig deeper, their blood glucose is high (prediabetic) and they feel lethargic. This is when I have them track BG for several days and have them cut down protein to 0.8 to 1.0 g.
📘In @CarnivoreCure, I have a graphic of how blood glucose also goes up with protein consumption. (gluconeogenesis)
⛑Don’t fear fat. Fat is so important for hormonal health. So trade some of the protein calories for fat. You will feel satiated longer. And if you have runs when you increase fat, you need gut support to heal.