Fitness Minutes: (25,260)
1,237 6/15/12 4:18 P
I am sure the not eating fast food had quite a bit to do with the loss.. Also, as you were continuously planning and runnin around, probably burned a bunch more calories than you normally would. But either way, great job on the weightloss, and keep it up!!!
Dragonchilde: I am a boredom eater. Maybe I didn't realize just how much until now. I was keeping busy making arrangements and stuff I guess I didn't have time to just sit on the couch and eat. That and now that I look back, I didn't have 1 ounce of fast food the whole week either. All of this stuff together must have contributed.
I don't know that it boosted your metabolism unless you were doing some strength training as well. Did you track your food? If you ate significantly less carbs in favor of more protein, but still stayed within the same range, that would explain the weight loss. Glucose bonds to more water molecules than other nutrients... that's why people who do low-carb lose a lot of weight, especially at first. That said, it's mostly water weight. But hey, why question it? A loss is a loss. :)
don't worry about how it happened, enjoy that it did.
Fitness Minutes: (17,393)
254 6/14/12 1:45 P
Well, it wouldn't be boosting your metabolism much, if at all, so your other supposition is more likely. Are you tracking what you eat? Counting calories? If you are, then you'd know if you were eating less at other meals because of the snacking.
Were you tracking your intake during that time, and noticed that you were consuming fewer calories? It's unlikely that it did anything to "boost your metabolism", but for many people, protein fills them up and they do end up consuming fewer calories.
Also, how long have you been on the program? If you're just starting out, it's possible that you've made several changes that have lead to your 6 pounds lost (congratulations btw!). Continuing to track your food and add exercise will lead to more success. :)
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,689 6/14/12 1:34 P
Yes and no.
By itself, protein will not cause weight loss. However, protein is more filling, and will suppress hunger cravings longer than carbs. The reason you lost was likely because you simply ate less than you usually do... are you a boredom eater? It could be you weren't boredom snacking like you usually are!
Protein won't boost your metabolism any more than any other food, but they will help you stay full and avoid hunger.
I was wondering if protein snacks could help with weight loss. This past week was my sons birthday and we had some relatives in town. I figured I was going to go ahead and accept that I probably wouldn't lose any weight this week because we were going out to restaurants every night and eating junk food (birthday cakes, chips, etc.) After the party we had a lot of extra food to bring home. I ended up snacking throughout 3 or 4 days on the left over meat and cheese try (rolled roast beef, turkey, and ham deli meats). Much to my amazement this morning I lost around 6 lbs. this week. How did this happen? Were the small protein snacks enough to curb my appetite during my regular meals or enough to boost my metabolism?
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