I’ve had some success this spring with my “lean-down” phase in regard to muscle retention, and I think it might be due to keeping up with daily goal of getting 160 - 180g of protein daily. It’s tougher to hit that number when my calorie intake is lower, so I’ve switched to lots of chicken and cod. But on some days I may end up with a lower number because I chose something with a worse calorie vs protein trade-off.
So my questions is, on days when I can’t have success on both my calorie target and protein target, which should I choose? When it’s 7pm, I’m not hungry and my calories are at 2100 but my protein is at 120g, I feel like I should eat something to get that extra protein, regardless of the extra few hundred calories it adds.
Or am I overthinking it?
Would you rather have the protein, or know you made maintained your deficit for steady fat loss?