We're keeping in mind that Choco is obsessed with carbs and thinks human evolution began in Africa, instead of culminating there.
I ate the diet he recommends for three years and it didn't solve my problems. FWIW. It's a great diet for healthy people, though. I was deluded during those years that I was a pretty healthy person, not realizing the extent of my issues.
Restoring health can be very, very complicated for those of us who haven't gotten a bit broken over the years. When you're a young healthy guy, it can seem there are simple solutions for everything, but for a lot of us, the truth is more like something like this: Maybe you were looking haggard b/c thyroid function is low, and many people are able to mask symptoms by having more carbs, but a better long-term solution is to fix the underlying problem, by something more than just carbs and/or thyroid meds (which may be necessary short- or long-term, but still don't *solve* the problem).
Or maybe something like your sex steroids being out of balance, and you need more nutrients to help with that, but can't currently tolerate certain forms and/or amounts of carbs, and need to find a balance between improving the nutrient issue while living with the effects of sometimes going over the amount/type of carb you can tolerate.
Or something entirely else. But it's very unlikely that your answer is going to be something as simple as "just increase/decrease X." That reality really bites, but it is usually true for most people with any kind of non-perfect health in this very health-broken modern age. What works to sustain great health is not often enough to regain it once lost. And bloating, looking haggard, strong cravings, etc., are all signs of a greater underlying problem that needs to be discovered and resolved.
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*Current Weight: 175lb___________________________________*Goal: 135lb
*Deadlift: 225x4_________________________________________*Bac k Squat: 155x2
*Bench: 125x2__________________________________________*Pr ess: 80x1
***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***