[QUOTE=Leida;1123064]I think people for whom the carb curve is the answer are the lucky ones. For me, restricting carbs over time doesn't result in a long-term weight loss or maintenance, causes binges on allowed items without experiencing satiation, mood swings and depression like I have never had before, bone-deep fatigue and insomnia. I am not sure why.
On the taste bud level, I only miss fruit to the point of black depression, but if I do not eat starch for too long, I get famished. In the fat-protein world, my natural liking was for salmon, lamb, beef and cheese, but I really like vegetables, and crunchy flavorful root vegetables, and the VLC makes me miss even the veggies I don't like so much like celery, let alone apples.
I just don't understand why something that is supposed to be good for my body makes me feel so bad both emotionally and physcially.[/QUOTE]
I don't know if lucky is the way I'd describe it because I feel like the people who most benefit from restricting carbs are the ones like a PP described who are Insulin Resistance/Metabolic Syndrome prone.
I'm sorry VLC didn't work for you, but if it makes you feel bad then don't do it. Maybe you're someone who needs to get 40% of your calories from carbs, and that's fine. I'd call you one of the lucky ones.
[QUOTE=magnolia1973;1123040]I'm going to bet that minimally, you are under 150 grams a day.[/QUOTE]
That's possible. The nice thing is that I do not worry about it at all. That's all we really want, isn't it? To stop worrying and to not have to go through life micromanaging your basic bodily functions.
[QUOTE]That's possible. The nice thing is that I do not worry about it at all. That's all we really want, isn't it? To stop worrying and to not have to go through life micromanaging your basic bodily functions. [/QUOTE]
It is cool though when you eat how you want and the numbers fall in place.
I just put what I am gonna eat today (not restricting anything) through a calculator and came up with ~ 1650 cals, 170 g carbs, 68 g fat and 100 g protein (basically 35:40:25 ratio). It's gorging on carbs compared to the VLC, but am I subconsciously doing the PHD ratio with higher protein/lower fat?
[QUOTE=Leida;1123095]I just put what I am gonna eat today (not restricting anything) through a calculator and came up with ~ 1650 cals, 170 g carbs, 68 g fat and 100 g protein (basically 35:40:25 ratio). It's gorging on carbs compared to the VLC, but am I subconsciously doing the PHD ratio with higher protein/lower fat?[/QUOTE]
Looks like a healthy balance to me. Your protein and fat is more than adequate for a small woman such as yourself. Still not a high carb diet, relatively speaking. I have 200-250g most days. Not sure what your activity is like, but I'm fairly active with exercise these days (2h/day).
I wish the carbohydrate curve worked for me. I really do. Life would be SO easy if I could lose weight simply by eating low carb. Unfortunately for me, eating low carb/high fat does nothing to reduce my appetite. And sweets have never been my biggest weakness. My problem has also been salty "real" food (see I don't even think that sweets are real food). It's actually harder for me to lose weight on primal in some ways because, I think, for me, it's all about volume, and fat is so calorically dense while many carbs are the opposite. That's why the potato diet was so easy for me to follow. Huge volume of potatoes, very few calories. (But there are other problems with the potato diet--perhaps I read too many of pklopps's posts, but I becames really concerned that I'm losing muscle mass on it.) I think I just have to accept that there's just no easy way for me to lose weight. *Sigh*
For me it isn't that lower carb makes weight loss easy, it's more that it makes me feel less hungry. I love food and big meals (I never went for the whole six small meals a day rap). In addition, I had two overweight parents and the first time the scale hit 100 pounds, I was only in fourth (or fifth) grade. That's one recipe for a lifelong struggle with weight.
I haven't done a binge type thing in awhile. And I notice that now when I overeat a bit, the next day I tend to compensate. That is a sign to me that keeping carbs lower is right for me. But, as always, though we might all be the same species, we do have our differences. Hair color, body shape, predisposition to gain weight, age, etc. What works for me isn't going to work for everyone.
Great post! My experience is very similar to yours, having been on this nutrition plan for 8 weeks. I feel SO MUCH BETTER after eliminating the sugars & processed foods from my diet. Eating healthy & nutritious foods. Cravings for sugar vanished a long time ago ... my appetite has diminished. I'm seeing a Nutritionist and he tells me that my body is satisfied because I'm getting plenty of nutrition from natural, whole foods. I actually feel sorry for my friends who are addicted to sugar.
[QUOTE=peril;1122827]Agree. It isn't science but doesn't pretend to be. Guidelines are just that[/QUOTE]
It really is that simple. but nitpickers are gonna nit. The carb curve works for me.
It has worked astoundingly well for me -- 70 lbs down without much shift in caloric intake and without the hunger I experienced when eating wheat and sugar.