~WHAT I ATE TODAY on a #VEGAN Diet Whilt in a Caloric Deficit~🌱
Welp, I am back to measuring, tracking, and being more diligent in what I am putting in my body. I am eating in a deficit, while still keeping my protein moderately high in order to maintain some of the muscle I have built while strength training, and to allow me to still strength train at the level that's right for me. MEALS⬇️below. ~MACROS~
~CALORIES: 1607 (a healthy deficit for me is around 1700)
~CARBS: 250 g
~FAT: 20 g (lower than it should be)
~PROTEIN: 112 g
On a vegan diet for a ♀️ in a caloric deficit, I find it harder to get the right amount of calories in, and also have my other macronutrients align, while also getting in sufficient vitamins, micronutrients, etc. Eating whole food plant-based is great for when I'm not trying to cut as much body fat, but it becomes trickier when I am in a deficit, because quite honestly, beans and lentils are high in calories in their whole food form. Really, to lose body fat, it comes down to calories in VS. calories out. I don't care if you're in ketosis or eating paleo or WFPB.... that is just called Science. So anyway, here is what I ate today that kept me pretty sasiated, even when I trained!
MEAL 1: Gluten-Free vegan bagels (O'Doughs), toasted, topped with 40g of avocado and black salt
SNACK: Simply Protein Bar (150 calories, 15 g of protein, low sugar)
MEAL 3: Romaine salad with Yves Chicken Grillers. I used Waldon Farms "accidentally vegan" dressing (it's one of those zero calorie things that is filled with garbage, but for the amount I use, I'm not too worried about it).
SNACK: I couldn't help myself. I had a Clif Bar. I fricken love those things.
MEAL 4: Burrito Salad Plate. Using 2 cups of romaine lettuce on the bottom, I boiled brown rice in water WITH salsa to give it flavour. I topped the lettuce with the rice, and 125ml of organic refried black beans. It was surprisingly tasty! Had I had more wiggle room, I would have added avocado.
MEAL 5: Banana Ice Cream. My love. My most favourite food in the world. I almost topped this with a tablespoon of peanut butter, but alas, I resisted. I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder.