I am so confused with these macro games. I went far longer on high carb/low fat with the fat loss and low body weight than on the VLC. I managed months on 70% carb and <15% fat. I felt horridly hungry, but I was restricting calories and working out like 3 hours a day (118 lbs). I had energy to do it.
On the under 30 grams carbs and >70% fat, I fought for a month, but never left the lethargic zone. I still worked out, of course. Anything I have lost in the first 2 weeks, I gained back. I was unable to reduce my body weight to the same point as during the low fat diet, staying 5-6 lbs above it (123 lbs).
The most dramatic fat loss I have ever experienced was on the cyclic diet with VLC days coupled with very low calories for 5 days (~ 50 g carbs), 1 day of 700 g carbs and 1 day relatively normal (~200 g carbs). That regimen along with the workouts that correlated to the specific stage of depletion stripped me about 5 lbs lower than the low carb (113 lbs).
For me, it was all about calories IN. If I manage to average about 1300-1350 calories a day with ~ 1.5 hours of working out a day, I lose weight. If I go higher, I gain weight. Macros seem to matter a zilch.
Some people say that macros allows you to survive on those low calories without hunger. Never happened to me. Always hungry.
No I eat to keep hunger at bay, and I am 132 lbs (and gaining). I probably eat 1800-2000 cals a day if I am not experiencing persistent hunger (>1 hour duration)
So, I just don't see how being low carb helps to either lose or maintain weight. I know Mark quotes the magic number of 100 g carbs, and all that, but it just doesn't seem all that magical after all these years no more.
And, I keep seeing women with gorgeous bodies eating plenty of carbs. Much better bodies than mine. I have never seen in real life a gorgeous woman who ate high fat VLC diet. Even Mark's wife is peskatarian. Bet her carbs are over 100 g a day.
Last edited by Leida; 02-25-2013 at 03:38 PM.
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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
I'm suffering, but it's okay I'll eventually get over it and be a far better person for eating less carbs instead of just functioning like a human being and getting adequate physical activity and eating a balanced diet.
I took the stars from our eyes, and then I made a map
And knew that somehow I could find my way back
Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
So I stayed in the darkness with you
Below 50g a day is incredibly difficult to maintain.
I eat high carb. Low carb is soooooo 2010.
Last edited by Forgotmylastusername; 02-25-2013 at 06:17 PM.