I'm Cuban. My entire life has been one of rice and beans and flan and sugar and rum and cuban bread and sandwiches and tropical fruits, juices, and shakes - not exactly low-carb. I love burgers and fries and donuts and ice cream.
But above all, I love meat.
So, after reading all the updates on LRC for a long time and watching Fat-Head, I'm sold on the low-carb, high-protein-and-saturated-fat way of life. I've been toying with it for the last month, eating eggs and pork cracklings almost every day. Yesterday, I went to the doctor and my blood pressure clocked in at 118 over 80.
This was an eye-opener for my wife, a nutritionist. Because of her schooling that pushes whole grains as a healthy part of life, she's been skeptical (and still remains so, really). My recent blood pressure and watching Fat Head won her measured support - but she's still not buying it. Hopefully, I'll make her a believer.
So I started on Monday (yesterday) properly at 228.4 lbs and about 26% body fat.
Because of a back problem, I cannot rely on much in the way of fitness. My goal, then - if I'm figuring it properly - is eating 80g to 120g of protein, no more than 150g of carbs daily, and the rest from fat. Roughly, this is at least 320 - 480 kcal from protein, 400 - 600 kcal from carbs (with as little grain as possible), and 600 - 1000 kcal from fat. Does that seem right to all of you?
Last edited by Lando; 07-27-2011 at 12:06 AM.
I'm an RD, now convinced about this way of eating. Suggest to your wife that she read Gary Taubes' book Good Calories, Bad Calories. A huge tome, but very scientifically based and well referenced. It convinced me.
And the results in my own body and my health convinced me. But it's hard to go against the establishment line, especially professionally.
In the short time I have been on Primal, I have increased my lifts from 10 pounds to 100 pounds.
I have gone from always hungry to never hungry.
I have gone from fearing the bathroom scale to loving myself and the mirror.
I have gone from 200grams of carbohydrates + to eating only 20 to 50g a day.
I have not suffered from any problems that people claim you suffer when making the switch to eating less carbohydrates.
I have no crashes, I don't feel burned out at the end of the day, and I actually look forward to work now.
I weigh in the 200lbs range (it fluctuates all the time) and I get at least 200g of protein and 160g of fat per day with no problems. If you don't eat enough you might feel like crap. I exercise though, so my numbers should be higher than yours anyway.
Welcome to MDA btw.
People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to discourage others.
Thanks for the feedback, everyone.
I'll definitely be ordering Taubes' book.
As a follow up question: Is it normal to experience some queasiness at the beginning?
Yes, queasiness is very normal. It's known as "carb flu" and it will pass, usually after a few days. Increasing your sodium intake can help during the adjustment period.
You are right, though, GCBC is a dense book to read -- and I consider myself to be pretty well read/techy/scientific.