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MLCDz wrote: Hi
Though I've read the entire thread, I want to clarify something. If I am doing 5:2 with a higher fat/lower carb pattern, I am still staying w/in or a bit below TDEE, yes? I'm not just eating butter, nuts & cream ad libitum & not keeping track?
But what you find is that you eat fewer calories than you expect because you get full faster and don't get hungry soon after you eat as you do with carbs.
But bottom line is calories - you don't want to eat over your TDEE on average for your five non-diet days.
But if giving up bread will make your life miserable, why suffer.... you only live once!
I get bloated and feel sluggish when I eat wheat-based carbs.... so I prefer not to, these days. Ironically, although I feel sluggish, I also seem to suffer "rapid transit" too.....
Nuts because I love all nuts and yes again because all of you were + are. Hate all yogurt and milk so can't change there, i do buy cream most weeks. My question is am I starting all these changes too soon? do you need to be at maintenance before making these changes? Help I can't get my head around this.
I am happy to drop potatoes white and sweet and then wheat doesn't get tolerated well by my gut and sugar is in the back of the cupboard already but when I cut them all out after a couple of weeks what I consider to be low carb healthy eating I become extremely fatigued. I am talking can't get off the chair. I just hate that feeling so I have slice of bread and cheese and this helps a return of my energy. Will follow up with Thai curry and rice. Then back to low carb again
The other thing which is currently really bothering me is hair loss. I am not as bald as a badger but seeing the evidence and my hair is much much thinner all over so seeing doctor next week, already having been taking relevant supplements.
When I had a little look around there are some studies being done on the issues of fatigue and hair loss with IF and low carb diet for some people. So I agree with @izzy and @Tracieknits it is not for everyone. For me it is time yet to relax and maintain, as I don't want to be stressing my body too much
You are doing SO well, so why not just carry on and gradually introduce some subtle but significant changes, in stead of say, fruit crumble with custard, I know, I know, have blueberries with cream? Instead of cereal for breakfast sometimes have bacon and eggs, or berries on porridge rather than sugar. All these things can make a huge difference over time but really the secret is to eat what you enjoy, WITHIN REASON, just rearrange things. Good luck, not that you need it as you are doing fantastically without any input from me,
thrown into the mix.
As many of you know, I think the low fat diet was one of the worst things ever foisted upon the general public by our benevolent governments.
I was able to figure out that a high fat diet was good when I was part of a clinical study comparing the DASH diet with Atkins. However, I also learned over time that I could not eliminate the carbs I 'loved' (was addicted to), even after learning how bad they were. I was able, however, to cut down on my total carbs and maintain my very high weight for years after that learning experience.
What is interesting about 5:2 is that it seems to compensate for bad eating. Using Varady's research, she was surprised that it was OK to eat high fat foods and get the same results as from eating high carb foods. But if you reverse the findings, you see that IF compensates for the effects of a high carb diet.
So my advice is to reduce carbs where you can, and replace them with fats. But don't go overboard - one end of the pendulum swing is as bad as the other. In the meantime, do 5:2 to compensate for the bad things that come with eating a low fat diet.
I also still have quite a sweet tooth although it is much more controlled. I have moved to eating more berries than other fruits but still use sweetener to make things taste how I like them.If I don't do that I still find myself looking for something sweet although I have eaten enough. I also drink diet and no added sugar drinks. I know a lot of people think sweeteners are dreadful but do they have a place if you are trying to reduce carbs?