I'll throw my 2 cents in here.
First, the "opinion" part: Ignore most of the "dogma" posts you see in here, they aren't all that helpful. People pick an camp here and will just make posts touting that camp's position as if it's the gospel truth when in reality we are all still learning and figuring this stuff out as we go along and it's folly to state most of the things folks are stating as absolute truth.
I tend to be more interested in hearing people's personal experiences here, what worked, what didn't work ... gives you some data points to go on. Here's some data points from my personal experience:
I've found Low carb works really really well when I have a good bit of weight to lose. (Take a look at my post in 2010 after dropping ~140 pounds on low carb primal here http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread5478.html ) but after I've been doing it a while it isn't all that effective for lowering body fat more. I can maintain around 20% body fat if I stay low carb and can eat a pretty good amount of high fat foods. Although if I let the calorie numbers to get too high, which is easy to do I've found by putting 1/2 a stick of butter in your coffee every morning, I WILL start to see my weight creep up even if I'm staying both primal and low carb. By lowering total calories down (mainly by eliminating BPC) I dropped again but I've not found I'm able to get much below 17% body fat on JUST low carb. You'll see lots of "trying to get rid of those last 10 pounds" posts here from folks and I believe they are in the same situation. I've managed to get myself down to 15% with carb back loading and will continue to do that for a while and let folks know how it goes. It also helps with the heavy lifting I've been doing. My numbers shot up dramatically when I started eating carbs before workouts.
But what works for one person may not work for another. I'd really suggest you keep trying different things until you find what works best for you. I'd just recommend staying within the basic guidelines of paleo / primal and keep grains / processed foods / sugar out of the equation but play with things like macro ratios, dropping calories, etc. Folks see "low fat" and they freak out here, perhaps thinking that means baked skinless chicken and steamed broccoli every night. Maybe if you said "I'm gonna lower my fat intake to reduce total calories" they wouldn't be harking back to their lean cuisine days. Use one small spoonful of coconut oil to fry up veggies, ditch the butter in coffee, cut out nuts and cheese. This stuff seemed to work for me. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.
Last edited by KestrelSF; 11-20-2013 at 08:33 AM.
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