This week I am really focusing on nutrition. From my first 2 months of working toward a pull up, I mostly focused on the weight lifting and working out piece. This definitely helped me improve my strength, but I know that if I had been more diligent with my nutrition (especially protein) I would have come even further.
For someone who doesn’t naturally gravitate toward meat, fish, and other high-protein foods, it’s so easy to accidentally forget about it.
I have read that a woman who is 140 pounds (this was just the example in the article I found from http://www.girlsgonestrong.com which is a great source and website full of research-based info) who is trying to gain muscle should take in 117 grams of protein. I can’t remember the exact equation to get that number, but that would mean for me I should get about 105 or so, I’m guessing. Know how much I get naturally without counting? About 20.
So for like a whole day I tried to get over 100 grams of protein, and it was way too hard. After an encouraging discussion with my sister, I have decided to try to get at least 60 each day. Here was my lunch today: Cottage cheese with clementine, apple chicken sausage and half a kale salad (those salad kits). This meal gave me about 26 grams of protein.