"Honeymoon" with new macronutrient ratios
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Before I had my turnaround ten years ago. the most satisfying meals I learned to have from my failed diets were from plans that were approximately 40/30/30 carb/protein/fat. However, I supplemented those meals with sweets binges and sometimes savory ones that still kept my high weight or even drove it up. When I instituted my new plan then, aimed at reducing bingeing and sweets, I often used that ratio for my meals, roughly. I knew about what the blocks of the meals looked like and I made those meals my foundation, with leeway for exceptions. I enjoyed the heck out of them and knew how to work in the SAD stuff sometimes, too. Without tracking, over time, I took off the 40 lbs. I had gained in early and late middle age.
I know we all look to different sources, but the ones I've been looking at in the last few years, ones specifically looking at how aging happens and especially with regard to protecting against mental decline, that ratio is too high in protein. And the aging effects of sweets finally have me really questioning how important it is to me to include them to any degree. Is there any cheesecake or fudge worth my having to give up controlling my own finances or directing my days? Apparently, the egregious sweets consumption I did in middle age may have started a process that won't show up until later. Plus, I've had sleep problems for years, as well as on antidepressants. I feel like going commando on my diet and getting more consistent on exercise is the least I can do to try to counterbalance my old transgressions. I'm not one to go looking for this and that supplement to try to do it. I've never had any detectable improvements from any supplements recommended to me that people promised would do this or that, so food and movement it is.
But it will make eating out less carefree. Well, I don't have a lot of invitations to do that much lately anyway!
In any case, I've been at approximately 10-12% protein, with a cap of around 50 grams since the beginning of the year, with about 30% fat, give or take, and the rest unrefined carbs. (To amyone who knows me and knows how rebellious I was about being a slave to some "diet," this must sound like a huge betrayal!) You would be surprised when you are trying to keep protein low how much protein vegetables have! I never tracked while losing my weight before. Now I'm doing it like a fiend, but I figure I'll have to do it for only a couple of months, until I get a sense of the portions that get me where i want. That's what I was able to do with 40/30/30. It means that meals look quite different from, well, from most meals out there! And I find I can't just throw in a half cup of this or that, despite their low calories, because they then send me over the protein count. The core protein each day is either a cup of beans or some kind of seafood. I had gone off flesh for awhile, but the longest lived cultures tend to have seafood at least in small quantities, and seniors need a bit more variety of sources than when younger to balance decreased muscle loss. Well, that's the "story" I like these days, and I"m going with it. We are all on a grand experiment and most won't live long enough to see who was right. I can't claim I"m as joyous about it as I was with my first turnaround, but it's not a prison sentence by any means, either. I LIKE plenty of the "right" foods.
It's been easy so far because the zeal is there and the body doesn't seem to be kicking back much. So, I'm enjoying the honeymoon! And I am so grateful for having learned before that I have to be able to get beyond the easy part.