Well, you're taking the first step by trying to educate yourself as much as possible, so big /pats on the back to you
I'm relatively new at this also, though I'm coming down from my highest weight ever. I'd like to lose about 40 more lbs. This lifestyle seems to be really good for a lot of people here and they've given me plenty of advice and tips.
What I CAN relate to is feeling like you can not eat like "a normal person" without gaining a ton of weight. I used to diet all the time in order to maintain a healthy weight and nearly ended up going anorexic one year because of it (not quite, I got a reality check when a friend of mine, who's the singer in a rock band, wrote a song for me called "I don't want no birthday cake") Anyway, I finally did not diet after I got married and gained 30 lbs
in only 6 months (I'm 5'9" btw).
I've looked at this program, and veganism (I've been vegetarian for years now) for a long time, but never thought I had the courage to do it. Well, after my clothes stopped fitting, and I started feeling very un-sexy, not to mention tired and winded, I had to do SOMETHING. So after having read for years on nutrition and about lowfat vegan diets, I figured this was the route for me to take.
So far I'm loving it. I really enjoy being able to eat 3 meals a day (something I haven't done since I was a kid) + a snack or two if I'm hungry. I do miss junkfood sometimes, and sometimes I think it would be nice to have cheese on my whole wheat pizza; but then I remember that the scale is now going in the direction I want it, and when the pizza arrives, I realize it tastes pretty damn good without the cheese anyway.
All the anti-carbohydrate hype has really skewed the facts on healthy eating. Now, don't get me wrong, white flour and white sugar are NOT good for you, however I'm living proof (along with all the other people here) that you an fill up on healthy carbs and with light to moderate exercise, one can lose weight without ever having to feel hungry. Some people here don't even exercise and are still losing weight.
Anyway, back to the question of protein, once you're eating 3 meals a day and learn to incorporate different foods into your diet, you will find it really isn't too difficult to get enough protein. I've been lifting weights since the beginning of January, and as far as the leg workouts go, I can now do twice what I started at so I know I'm building muscle.
Here's an example of a typical day's meals you could try, filled with protein and all kinds of extra goodness:
B- 1 c. oatmeal with 1/4 cup soymilk = 9 g. protein
L- the sandwich I mentioned earlier + 1 cup cooked broccoli = 17 g. protein
D- split pea soup & 1 baked potato = 27 g. protein
Total = 53 grams of protein
I bet you wouldn't think of broccoli & potatoes & peas having so much protein, but really, almost everything we eat has some
protein in it, and it adds up quick