Hi guys! I often see folks mention that they only consume carbs like sweet potatoes and/or regular potatoes on workout days. I wanted to understand why. Do you pack on pounds if you consume them on days you don't workout? Also, does this apply to only cardio days, strength days or both? I'm an overweight woman, in my 20s and I was diagnosed with PCOS about 2 years ago. I'm finding it almost impossible to lose weight, but trying out the primal way of eating/exercising again. Any help on this topic and tips for losing weight while primal such as this one would be helpful. Thanks!
Welcome. I'm sorry you're having such a hard time losing weight and really hope that the primal way of eating will help you. I"m sure it will definitely nourish you well.
I was 48 when I started on this, I was overweight but not hugely so, and the pounds I needed to lose fell off quickly. At that time, I focussed my meals mainly around protein (eggs, cottage cheese, meat) and colourful or non-starchy veges (silverbeet, broccoli, leeks, cabbage, celery, carrots, pumpkin) with some fresh fruit (apples, grapes) and very few nuts (almonds). I tried to keep the carbohydrates fairly low, which is why I dropped both potatoes and bananas for a while - I felt they did not offer enough nutritional value for the calories provided.
Not only did I lose fat but my diet change also dealt to various issues that I had put down to the hormonal changes of menopause. I previously had what I thought was a reasonably healthy diet but it clearly was not working for me. In hindsight, I"m still not sure if it was dropping the grains or the oils or the sugar that had the most impact. I think it's a combined effect.
Good luck with your experiment, go hard out and give it a decent trial, I hope you will not be disappointed.
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If you have PCOS, my understanding is that a low carb diet is essential for you. In your situation, with PCOS and wanting to lose weight, I'd lose the potatoes entirely and try to get into ketosis with low carb (20-30g a day works for most people).
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