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Protein & weight loss. Myth vs. fact.

Test your knowledge with this cool protein quiz

leanprotein-1024x999How well do you know your facts about protein & its role in weight loss? If you’re a little sketchy on the facts and subscribe to a few of the myths, don’t worry, you can learn. I did!

When I first started my transformation journey more than five years ago, I could barely list the lean proteins vs healthy fats vs carbs. And I certainly didn’t know my protein fact from myth, nor did I understand how important this macronutrient is to weight loss.

To me, protein is the super macronutrient  and learning about it was key to both my losing 200+ lbs and keeping it off. Not only is protein is a key component of every cell in your body. It gives you energy, repairs bones and muscles, and helps build a strong immune system. It also can be a key component in weight loss — if you know which proteins are lean and healthy, how much to eat, and when.

Five years ago and prior when I weighed more than an NFL Defensive Lineman, I never would have thought I’d be helping educate others on protein facts related to weight loss. But I’m proud to say that I just passed the Web MD Protein Quiz with a 100% score! So, as part of our nuts and bolts, back-to-basics blog series, I invite you to test your knowledge with this awesome quiz.

Click here to take the Web MD Quiz: Myths and Facts About Protein.

P.S. Over the past several months, a few of you have asked for specifics on what diet I was on to lose 200+ lbs and get to 14.5% body fat (from 63%). Well, it included a lot of lean protein as a staple. And most of those healthy proteins remain in my diet today. I eat mostly: Chicken, turkey, fish, tuna, seafood (shrimp, scallops, lobster), lean pork, eggs and egg whites, lean beef, cottage cheese, hummus and whey protein. And honestly, I love it and never get bored.

Good luck on the quiz! Let me know how you do.

Lori

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  1. Kim thaden #

    This was very good Lori. I took the test & got 76%. I didn’t realize the amount of protein we actually should have. What carbohydrates did you eat when losing weight? Did you exercise every day?

    February 28, 2016
    • Hey Kim, thanks for your note. 76% is pretty awesome. My nutritional plan counted macros — so healthy proteins, fats and carbs. I ate very few starchy carbs, and when it did it was the good ones like sweet potatoes, oatmeal, etc. For healthy fats – nuts, avocados, peanut butter. The key to my plan was to keep my metabolism stoked and burning stored fat and building muscle. So protein at every meal was key because it changes how our bodies metabolize the food – if you just eat fruit (natural sugar) your body processes it differently than if you eat some protein with that fruit. That, and regular meals on a schedule usually 2.5 to 3 hours apart were key to my nutritional plan. For exercise, yes, and again it shifted in intensity with where I was in my weight loss journey and worked in conjunction with my nutrition. I now make sure that I do strength training and resistance as much as cardio. And when I am up for it, include High Intensity Training. Walking is my staple and regular routine cardio, but when I can I also work in 2-3x of high intensity, and strength train 3-5x per week. Not a lot. My entire workouts, without the walking range from 20-40 minutes depending on what I am doing. Consistency is key. Hope this helps. Thanks for the comment.

      February 28, 2016

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