I recently was noticing I was getting soft and not getting any stronger, even though I was working out just as much and eating my usual amount of food. I attributed it to my bad diet, which basically consisted of whatever I felt like eating. When I actually sat down and thought about it, I was eating mostly carbs and fat, and not a whole lot of protein.
So about a week ago, I started drinking protein shakes and making a conscious effort to get as much protein in my diet as I can. My problem now is I’m having trouble getting enough calories because the shakes fill me up. For breakfast, I’ll have 16oz of milk with 2 scoops of Low-Carb Grow! (I switched from water to milk for the extra calories). This fills me up completely and I have to force myself to eat lunch. Then I have another 2 scoops of Grow! with water around 2:30-3. I’m so full after this that eating dinner is a chore, and there is no way I could drink another shake after dinner.
From my calculations, I’m getting about 2500-3000 calories a day (and that’s pushing it, since I’m really forcing down the food for dinner). This doesn’t seem like enough for strength building for a 5’11" 200lb. guy.
What do you guys think? Is the fullness because my body is not used to the high protein diet? Any tips on getting lots of protein but not feeling so full all the time? I should mention, I don’t feel bloated, just full.
Just to note, my goals are strength rather than hypertrophy, although I know I’ll get some hypertrophy along with the strength gains.