Homemade Pizza is the best!

OMG this is to die for. Sooooo yummy if you fancy a carb treat.

I am lucky and have a bread maker so popped the pizza base ingredients in and hey presto 45 minutes later ‘Pizza Dough’.  I used organic strong bread flour, yeast, salt, olive oil and water, then topped of with tomato puree, a large mushroom and Mozerella cheese for Pizza.

Half a pizza is only 382 Calories with approx. 17.5g of Protein and 55g Carb.  With a green salad on the side a pretty healthy scrummy meal.

 

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Do you lose weight if you eat more protein?

This week I have been discussing with colleagues at work who are training for a body building Expo about how much protein should I be eating, and does it make a difference with weight loss?

I was recommended that as a female with a sedentary job I should eat 0.5 grams of protein per pound that I weigh each day, so I am 155 lbs this equates to a requirement of 77 grams of protein a day.

I am going to try this this week, I have set my macro nutrients in My Fitness Pal at:

  • 75 grams of Protien 25%
  • 105 grams of Carbohydrates 35%
  • 53 grams of Fat 40%

The percentage bit is what I may need to play around with as my fat intake is quite high, though I must add I have been eating lots of healthy fats and only butter and no marg.

I have logged everything I ate in the few weeks in My Fitness Pal and these are the Marco nutrients averaged for each week commencing:

Week 1: Saturday 7 January 2017 = 56 g Protein, 106g Carbs, 77g Fat, Av daily calories 1375
Weight loss 3lbs  Exercise 60 mins

Week 2: Saturday 14 January 2017 = 42g Protein, 131g Carbs, 55g Fat, Av daily calories 1176
Weight loss 1lb  Exercise 60 mins

Week 3: Saturday 21 January 2017 = 40 g Protein, 124g Carbs,  59g Fat, Av daily calories 1300
Weight loss 0lb Exercise 20 mins

Week 4: Saturday 28 January 2017 = 41 g Protein, 124g Carbs,  63g Fat, Av daily calories 1223
Weight loss 1lb Exercise 48 mins

I know I am getting a bit nerdy but trying to understand what works for me to lose weight as I think it is a personal thing. But interestingly I lost the most weight 3lbs in week 1 (I had lost 2lbs in the 3 days before that, which I have not recorded here). What is odd about this is does it prove that cutting calories does not necessarily work as this is the week that I ate the most calories, but had the highest protein and fat intake but lower carbs?

‘Food for thought’ as they say, I am going to set my macro nutrients as the settings I laid out above for this week and see what happens. It is my own little scientific experiment. (Please note I am not a professional at this I am just trying to work out what works for me).

The power of the Chia Seed

These seeds really pchiaack a punch according to Authority Nutrition (using an evidence based approach to research).

They are full of nutrients, loaded with antioxidants and high in fibre and protein.

They are also high in Omega 3 fatty acids.

Chia Seeds could help regulate your blood sugars and enhance exercise performance.

Termed as a Superfood I think I will stick with them for the moment and see what happens. I sprinkle them on my breakfast every morning.

 

 

A scrummy breakfast

I thought I would do a little update on what I have for breakfast, as it is said to be the most important meal of the day.

My favourite, that I can also grab and take to work with me is:

Organic Greek Yoghurt

10grams Organic or homemade Granola

1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds

10 Blueberries

Chia Seeds are supposed to be really healthy and the following post will talk about the benefits of them.

I usually take my breakfast to work, as I am not hungry first thing in the morning so I usually eat it as I get hungry at about 10-10.30am. This then takes me to lunch at 12.30-1pm. So no morning snack is required!