this ever a very long way from this. That was tough, yesterday: day one of my excursion into Lyle McDonald's Rapid Fat Loss Protocol. What work to stuff down 1,000 calories without the benefit of much fat — 10 grams of which came from fish oil capsules. Plus, worrying about — of all things — being hungry at night, I saved nearly 100 protein grams for the evening meal and just couldn't do it. Humongous lean ground beef burger on the grill, cooked to medium-well and pressed to get out as much fat as possible (it was 96/4 anyway), and it was tough to get all down, and I only ate half of the cottage cheese, salsa and cucumbers on the side.
Note to low-fat Paleo types: here's how to do really lean ground beef so it tastes great. I chopped up some onion, then spiced with salt, pepper, garlic, and above all, quite a bit of cumin and paprika. Mix it all up in the meat, then press the patties. The cumin especially. Very, very tasty. I always get the fattiest ground beef I can, for taste, but I've got to admit that was very good — though 11 ounces (cooked) was a tall order. It was HUGE.
And I thought I was going to be hungry. I got off to a
much better start today. I should eat a can of tuna just now, 12:30 pm or so, but I'm just not hungry.
At any rate, this is an interesting education in the very large importance of fat in the diet and how it would nearly be impossible to get sufficient maintenance calories without it, provided one isn't prepared to dive into high carbohydrates via grains and starches.
Later: I've taken away the FitDay access because I'm only using it to keep track of my intake for the short period on the diet, it's incomplete in terms of the veggies (negligible impact macro-nutrient wise) and a few other things, so I don't want to lead anyone astray.