Well it had to happen - after 3 months of low carb eating, yesterday I ate a few (?) carbs!
After a normal breakfast and lunch I spent the afternoon in the hot sun doing manual labour in the garden for at least 3 hours.
After that, I was hot, sweaty, tired and HUNGRY.
A pub dinner was on the menu - too tired to cook anything.
So what did I have - lightly battered prawns, which on their own wouldn't have been too bad, but I also had beef nachos and ATE THE CORN CHIPS.
I figure I still had less than 100g carbohydrates for the day which is not too bad really, but I can't be sure [I didn't count or weigh the chips]. I probably blew the calorie count too.
Interestingly enough, after the meal, and today, I feel quite good. Actually better than I have in a while. Weight is up to 61.5 but that is nothing out of the ordinary for me.
OK - now I need to take my own advice. Maybe one size doesn't fit all. Maybe my desire for as low carbs as possible is erroneous.
You see, what I haven't been owning up to is the fact that although I am not hungry on low carb or particularly tired, I just have NO ENERGY. I find my weight lifting sessions difficult to get through and walking up stairs makes my legs ache.
In the never ending quest to find the perfect diet I bought the Metabolic Typing Diet yesterday after reading about it over at Sizematters.
I did the test in the book and came out as a Mixed type. This means that I need a balance between protein and carbs, not too much of one or the other.
As much as I don't want to believe this because I like my meat and fat diet, low carb hasn't helped me lose any weight. Although I have had limited success with high carb/low fat, I didn't feel great on it.
Now this is where I need to think about things
1. When I was a child I wasn't fat. I used to eat - porridge with cream for breakfast, full fat yoghurt and cereal for lunch, milk as a snack and meat and three veges for dinner.
2. When I lost all the most weight at the beginning of my life change, I didn't count anything at all - not carbs, not fat, not calories. I just ate healthy homemade food and nothing processed. I lost the last bit of stubborn weight by ditching bread/wheat.
I am convinced that I am eating too much protein on low carb, but do I replace it with carbs or with fat? That is the dilemma?
I could go Zone on 40-30-30 or go Rosedale on 25-25-50.
I am going to use my protein requirement of 80g a day as the base point and around 1450 calories. That equals 22% protein.
Now it gets scary - if I go close to Rosedale I am at 90g carbs and 85g fat. All nutrients even - easy to remember!
Pushing my protein to 30% = 108P, 145C and 48F - that sounds like a lot of carbs.
And I am scared that all that water will flood back into my muscles and I'll weigh 2kgs heavier right off the bat!
What to do??? I'm confused [as usual].
Please ignore my previous post about taking advice from people - this time I REALLY need any ideas/suggestions. My constant search for the perfect diet is driving me crazy. I just want to lose 5kgs and stay there. Is that too much to ask??
I think I'm going to explode!!!! H E L P