Thanks. I would assume from this then that beans might be too calorie dense?
Not really. They are only about 600 cal/lb.
ThanksBut the odd thing is that I've been switching between the MWL and the regular plan, and I have no problem eating bread, brown rice pasta, lots of grains, and still losing (as long as I avoid any protein). For the past few days, I've steadily lost weight following the regular plan with avoidance of protein (namely beans), yet eating what seems like more calories overall.
All of the above foods have protein and some of the ones you mention can have a fairly high percentage of calories from protein.
If you are not used to consuming beans, they may be causing some bloating, gas, etc
It is extremely difficult in a home experiment to really understand exactly what is going on as there are so many more variable happening each and every day that you are not (and can not) account for. Even for just food intake, unless you are carefully weighing and measuring every single morsel that you consume, your estimates can be weight off.
To accurately do the experiment you are attempting, you would have to be in a metabolic chamber, with every thing going in (and out) weighed and measured and then see how these minor changes would impact these numbers over time.
Thanks Is it possible for protein consumption to interfere with fat burning?
If all other things are kept constant, then increasing protein would increase calories and yes, additional calories could interfere with weight and fat loss.
However, on an equal calorie basis as part of a healthy diet? No.
Relax, don't weight yourself more than once a week, and enjoy the food