I am ready to do this! I've been a vegetarian for almost 10 years now and have in the past wanted to have a great body. And now I'm finally working on it! Since I wanted to avoid dairy products as sources of protein, I've switched to a mostly vegan diet. My goal at the moment is cutting (to lose those last pounds of baby fat). I wanna be really cut before I start to bulk.
My daily calorie goal: 1800
My daily protein goal: 100g
I'm 6 feet tall and weigh about 160 pounds.
This is what I've got so far:
Oats with Ricemilk
Veggie wrap with a vegetable burger
Brown Rice with white cabbage and soy ...(I forget the English word, it's the dry substance left over from producing soy milk, they sell it as well)
So what I have now puts me at roughly 1360 calories and 64g of protein. I am looking to add those extra calories in the mid-morning and afternoon meals. I'm aiming for EASY things to prepare/eat and also fruit, because obviously I'm missing that now.
I really don't like to cook, so that's why I'm trying to keep it simple. I might swap out the rice with chickpeas and add tomato sauce, or brown rice noodles.
What are the thoughts on protein shake powders? I've read a lot of conflicting stuff about them, and every one I've tried has given me insane stomach cramps (think knives being stabbed in the gut). That's why I was trying to get more natural sources of protein. Although I'm up for testing other brands of protein powder as well, since it's so eeaaasy...
Regarding the 100g of protein: I've read that you can go anywhere from 1g to 2g of protein per kilogram of body weight (I weigh 74 kilograms). Most recommended I've found seems to be 1.8g per kilogram of body weight. So I've sort of taken the middle road with 100g. I've been training as a swimmer these past couple of months, and I had about 75g of protein a day (mostly through dairy) and already gained visual improvements in my muscular tone, so I think that 100g is a good starting point!