Last week I lost 3lbs. Great news, right? Well.. No. Not to me, as I’d been using MyFitnessPal to maintain weight exactly. Worryingly I don’t measure my body fat percentage often enough to know whether that 3lbs was made up of fat, or whether it was muscle, organ tissue, or any of the other stuff necessary to make my body function. So – as someone who doesn’t own a heart rate monitor or FitBit – I’ve bitten the bullet and increased my food intake.
It’s tough. One: because society dictates that women should always be eating less, and despite detesting this outdated viewpoint, there is still a small part of my being screaming we can’t eat more! We’ll get fat! And two: it is surprisingly hard to figure out enough different meals and snacks that fit my macros throughout the day to both hit my calorie target and also inspire my palate.
In step Myprotein. After receiving a pack of goodies, I decided to use them to bulk out my diet in as many interesting ways as I could over two days. On Thursday I began my day with my usual breakfast, muesli and Greek yoghurt, but with half a scoop of strawberry Impact whey protein mixed in. This stuff comes in a huge variety of flavours including unflavoured, useful for adding to all sorts; the strawberry taste made it feel like a real treat and I found myself less hungry throughout the day. Pre-evening workout I made a shake with the strawberry whey, a banana, peanut butter and almond milk, which tasted incredible but made my HIIT workout harder from sloshing around in my stomach too much! Definitely my mistake – it’s perfect for chilling out after the gym, though.
Friday morning, pre-spinning. I attempted to make pancakes using the MyProtein mix, and it was an absolute disaster with pancakes in bits, leaving the house eating them half cooked..! I’m not the best at using the frying pan at the best of times (seriously, even my omelettes end up in pieces) so maybe 6am wasn’t the best opportunity to test these out for the first time – I cheated on my own challenge and made them again Sunday morning. This time they turned out delicious, and even my mum enjoyed them, although when completely plain they are a touch eggy they’re the perfect vessel to add berries, peanut butter or dessicated coconut to.
Post-spinning I had an Oats & Whey Flapjack, which again surprised me how full I felt for the rest of the morning. Over the two days I added in Chocolate Smooth whey protein shakes which taste like advent calendar chocolate; on Friday night I had a warm one which was deliciously comforting after a long week.
Okay, so I wouldn’t eat like this every day – I’d be missing out on nutrients you can only get from whole, fresh food. However, the MyProtein products certainly filled me up which is no mean feat considering my usual appetite, and I really enjoyed thinking of new ideas to add to my diet! By the end of the second day protein was 40% of my intake, so I should have benefited from some muscle growth over the two days. Usually I’d pick one of these options to add in every day to supplement my diet, and have it post-workout.
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