How I lost weight while eating more!

You might be thinking about what Dan smoking is by saying that he actually lost weight by eating more. 

This guy must be crazy.

What was he eating, celery all the time?

The quick answer is I ate pretty much what I wanted, I just started eating more protein.

Recently while I was in Mexico at a business conference with about 600 other business owners Russell Brinson started talking about health in a late-night conference. 

It was about midnight when he started the part about health, so I took as good of notes I could while being a little deprived of sleep. Lol

What I learned was that eating healthy is all about simple math!

Take your current weight and do your best to eat 1 gram of protein for every pound you weigh, if you are of the female persuasion then you should eat .75 grams of protein for every pound that you weigh.

Simply put I weighed in at 213 when I started this.  So I tried my best to eat 213g of protein every day!

My wife was trying to eat 120 grams of protein, daily.

Eating that much protein is harder than you think……

But here are a few helpful hints that I use to help me get there.

1 pound of lean meat = 100 grams of protein.  So, if you can eat 1 pound of lean meat then you hit that 200 grams pretty easily.

There are lots of other ways to get protein too.

The next thing that he said was you only want to consume 10 X your weight in calories every day!

Since I was 213 pounds I needed to consume 2130 calories every day.  As I lost weight my calories dropped.

Within a week of starting this new way of eating (not a diet, because I found myself eating more than I used to!) I was down to consuming less than 2000 calories every day!

Here are a few tips that I have for this.

  1.  Find an app that will you help you track all of this. 

Most smartphones have a health app already installed on them. I know that my Samsung did.  And it was amazing how easy it is to use.  I simply add my mean and it gives me the exact protein, carbs, calories, and fats that I consumed.

  1. Don’t worry about what you eat the first week.

I know this sounds counterproductive but just see how many calories and protein you consume.  Then you can start making small adjustments after that! 

Don’t try to go from 350 calories and 50 grams of protein in a day, it will make you extremely irritable and not a happy camper.

  1. The last thing I recommend is to focus on the protein first then worry about the calories later.

Making sure that you are getting lots of protein it ensures that you don’t feel hungry.

Personally, I am a little different than most people. When I do something I don’t do it a part way.  I go all in and become obsessed with it.

Within one week of starting this, I lost over 13 pounds and I felt like I was stuffing my face constantly.

Here is what my meals look like on a daily basis.

Breakfast – 1 cup of coffee with heavy whipping cream, 4 poached eggs, one piece of toast, and meat if have some leftover from another meal. Without the steak, this is about 412 calories and 28 grams of protein. With ½ pound of meat, it is about 529 calories and 53 grams of protein.

Lunch – I have a couple of different lunches I like the most. The first one is…

Lunch 1 – 2 tuna sandwiches. 4 pieces of bread, 1 can of tuna, 3 servings of Frenches mustard (eat the heck out of this it is 0 calories) 1 serving of whipped dressing, 2 cups of garden salad (I like my greens), and ½ service of shredded cheese. 

Without cheese, it is about 434 calories and 31.6 grams of protein.

With cheese, it is 544 calories and 37 grams of protein.

Lunch 2 – Protein pancake with Greek yogurt.  I have one protein pancake (warm or cold either way it is great), 1 serving of Goji berries, a serving of super seed mix, ½ serving of pumpkin seeds, one Greek yogurt with mixed fruit.

When I am mixing up the pancake in the morning to cook it I mix the seeds I the batter before I cook it.

Then when I start to eat it I dip the pancake in the Greek yogurt and it is like having a cake with berry flavored frosting on it.

This bad boy is 503 calories and 47 grams of protein

Dinner – Whatever I want to eat.  As long it includes meat! By this point in the day, I have about 1000 calories left to eat! 

This means that I can eat pretty much whatever I want within reason.

Here is the thing that helped me to hold tight on this new way of eating!

  1. It’s super easy and after about 1 month of being super diligent, it was easy to know how much I was eating.
  2. It was tough at first to get enough protein, then after a while, I figured out how to make it happen. Even when eating at friends’ houses, traveling, and working in the field.
  3. I lost nearly 15 pounds in the first month without adding any additional exercise to my routine.
  4.  My energy level went through the roof. I found it way easier to be productive and to get more done every day.

Here is a crazy fun fact, did you know that your brain is 2% of your body weight, but consumes 20% of your daily calories?

That one fact was I needed to push myself to change my diet.

Until next time

Stay safe out there and keep the rubber side down!

Dan Greer


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