I'm starting to wonder if my protein intake is too high, and if I brought it down, while increasing my fat, if it could help me shed a little more weight. I know a lot of people espouse the high fat/moderate protein/low carb sort of eating plan.
How do I figure out what "moderate protein" is for my body? Can I figure it out, at least approximately, without counting calories overall? (I hate counting calories, and think that if I started adding ratios, I'd go nuts.)
I'm 40 years old female, 5'6, 155 lbs. I don't exercise formally, but I'm not sedentary: I've got two young kids and I teach, so I spend most of my days on my feet. I also do squats and some body-weight exercises for my arms a few times a week. I'm not looking to be skinny, but another 10-15 lbs would probably be great to take off my frame.
Thanks for any input, Stacey
UPDATE with typical food (I don't keep track of quantities, but tend to fill my plate but not go back for seconds):
everyday breakfast: 2 over easy eggs mixed with grass-fed ground beef
typical lunch: veggies (salad or leftovers) and meat (eg: grilled chicken thighs, applegate farms grass-fed hot dogs, meatballs) and some sort of fat (usually avocado, or homemade mayo, maybe mixed with sriracha to make a dipping sauce)
typical dinner: meat (eg: grilled chicken thighs, pork chops, salmon), at least two veggies, like sauteed cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, zucchini, mushrooms... and some sort of fat like lunch
Typically, I stay away from grains, but occasionally will eat some white rice, or corn tortillas. Beverages are water and coffee every day, wine or tequila sometimes.
I don't usually snack.
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