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    Reasonable Carbs Daily Challenge

    I am not a really good candidate for low carb. However, I am continuously eating carbs in a maintenance range, about 100-150 g, and I would like to train myself to stay in the losing range adequate to my activity. My goal is ~ 65-95 g of carbs per day, with at least 25 g of fiber. I understand that fiber is not necessary for a lot of people but I go very hungry without it, and had to recently start supplementing with glucomannan to help hunger. My goal is to stabilize my food, carb and fiber intake and get off the supplement.

    So, starting today:

    22 May 2013: Planned: 83 g Total, 30 g fiber Actual: tbd
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    Got seduced by watermelon I was chopping for my folks, so swapped blackberries for watermelon, hence the count is a bit different.

    Today is a juice-broth day (attempted), so I have no inkling how to count carbs for that.

    22 May 2013: Planned: 83 g Total, 30 g fiber Actual: 83/24
    23 May 2013: Juice/broth
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    if you juice you can't count most of the fibre unless you eat the pulp and skins (on fruit you'd normally eat, not oranges,nanas etc)

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    I got a carb challenge you can do, well its more a of a metabolism challenge but it borrows from exercise philosophy. ie in order to make your body robust and able to face many challenges you must give it many challenges, If you only give it one routine, it gets very good at that routine and not much else (think of only doing 10 push ups per day for the rest of time, what will you be good at doing?)

    So the challenge you have set your metabolism is to deal with a very specific range of carbs every day, day after day. This is very similar to the daily 10 pushup challenge I mentioned above. It is my prediction that fairly soon your body will be used to the challenge and further body re-composition will be hard to come by, in fact I believe your metabolism will tire of doing this task day after day, it is doing some heavy lifting (generating its own glucose) everyday, like your muscles, your metabolism needs a rest sometimes. In light of this, here is the challenge I set to your metabolism:

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    **Once or twice a week challenge your metabolism to make alot of its own glucose for the day by eating in the <50g of carbs range.
    **Once or twice a week challenge your body to deal with excess dietary glucose (and resting your glucose producing systems) by eating in the 150g - 250g of carbs range.
    **the rest of the days in the week just eat in your normal range (somewhere between 50g and 150g carbs) this will give a period of non challenge, but general usage (kinda like how we are supposed to do large amounts of low intensity movements). This will also free up your metabolism for other challenges should you wish (outlined below).

    This philosophy can be applied to other diet factors as well like:

    Calories:
    **Challenge your metabolism to deal with low amount of cals 1-2 days a week (hello intermittent fasting)
    **Challenge your metabolism to deal with alot (more than normal) of carbs 1 day a week.
    **Eat normal calorie range for the rest of the week
    Just help your body keep it's net weekly Calorie intake just under weekly calorie expenditure.

    The same system can be done for:

    **Fats
    **Proteins
    **Meal timings (grazing all day v's 1(or 2) big meals)
    **Meal timings (missing breakfast lunch or dinner on a particular day)

    some final points are; if you want to do all the challenges, you can do a few of them on the same day (eg low carb day on a fasting day). Just mix up the daily challenges that you combine, on a weekly basis. Also if you are finding there aren't enough normal eating days (should be around half of the days) you can expand the cycle to fortnightly or even monthly or cut down the amount of times you do a specific challenge in a week.

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    If you challenge your metabolism like this it should continue re-compositioning your body for you all the way down to it's natural setpoint. This is what happened to me when I lost 60 pounds in four months after eating primal this way.
    The reason I believe it is a very successful protocol is; It is very much like the eating style we evolved to eat over many thousands of years, grok's metabolism would've faced many of the above challenges in similar cycles for eons. Eating like this allows our body to get some good "gene expression" happening and our bodies will naturally tend toward that of a caveman's (strong and robust) without much intervention.

    hope I've challenged ya
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    This sounds like an interesting game, but I am so tired of games, I just want to find a steady good enough thing and stick to it. In the past, I had bad consequences from VLC, IF and macro split diets, so I think I am a typical woman in that regard - I need consistency & I don't want to do anything stressful or anything rolla-costa'ish. Yep, high risk yields high rewards, but at this stage of my life, having had tried everything under the sun in the past 4 years, I am aiming for slow and steady. Losing 1 lb in a year is good enough; heck even not gaining will be good enough. Not regaining is all I want, no increase in weight the following week every time I managed to tease off a pound or two! I do want to experiment with a low cal day or two thrown in via broth/juicing, but we'll see. If at 6 pm I will feel like life is not worth living without solid foods....

    if you juice you can't count most of the fibre unless you eat the pulp and skins (on fruit you'd normally eat, not oranges,nanas etc)
    I understand & that is why I am not counting it today, because I have no idea how much calories pass from a vegetable into a juice (all juices I am using are mostly vegetables). I still take glucomannan, will take it 3x a day instead of 2 today & I am taking oil to prevent blood sugar/hunger spells.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leida View Post
    This sounds like an interesting game, but I am so tired of games, I just want to find a steady good enough thing and stick to it. In the past, I had bad consequences from VLC, IF and macro split diets, so I think I am a typical woman in that regard - I need consistency & I don't want to do anything stressful or anything rolla-costa'ish. Yep, high risk yields high rewards, but at this stage of my life, having had tried everything under the sun in the past 4 years, I am aiming for slow and steady. Losing 1 lb in a year is good enough; heck even not gaining will be good enough. Not regaining is all I want, no increase in weight the following week every time I managed to tease off a pound or two! I do want to experiment with a low cal day or two thrown in via broth/juicing, but we'll see. If at 6 pm I will feel like life is not worth living without solid foods....
    hey Leida, what I was suggesting is far from a game, I made it sound like a game because you seem to talk of your diet being a game, so I was trying to talk a language that you would understand, sorry. Grok was not playing a game when his body adapted to and became used to eating a certain way over many thousands of years. Emulating how grok ate is the underlying factor to my post above. Because we have refrigerators and shopping centers close by, eating like grok did doesn't come natural, you have to engage your conscious mind a little to override the pitfalls/advantages of modern life. The majority of posts in the primal blueprint nutrition section though, focus waaaaaayyyyyy to much on engaging your conscious brain to override your bodies systems.

    As far as being a roller coaster, stressful and an inconsistent strategy the "game" i proposed is far from, you eat without thinking (eat normal) for half the time, If your hungry grab some primal fare from the fridge. Wow what a revelation, throw out the calorie counters, the trawling of websites looking for the next "diet hack", comparing your self to others, throw it all away.

    The other half of the time there is usually a great opportunity to incorporate one or more of the little challenges into your week with ease. I'll give an example: A couple of times a week I spend the whole day out of home, in the morning before I leave, I take 30 seconds to have a little think about what im gunna eat in the day. I grab a bit of fruit then BAMMMM i've knocked a high carb day and a low calorie day off the list in one fell swoop. Do this a few more times in the week and you've probably taken 2-3 minutes of conscious brain time organising your diet during the week. I can't think of a less "stressful" way of eating, beats all those diet calcs and macro tracking and cal tracking and diet adjusting that I see so prevalent on MDA.

    When you eat like grok did, you will look like grok did. Your probably half way there, Eating WHAT (the primal blueprint food list) grok ate is only half the story. Throw out all the CW diet strategies, games, hacks and stress and start eating HOW grok did, you won't regret it. Check out my success story post if your interested in more, it's in my sig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dilberryhoundog View Post
    hey Leida, what I was suggesting is far from a game, I made it sound like a game because you seem to talk of your diet being a game, so I was trying to talk a language that you would understand, sorry. Grok was not playing a game when his body adapted to and became used to eating a certain way over many thousands of years. Emulating how grok ate is the underlying factor to my post above. Because we have refrigerators and shopping centers close by, eating like grok did doesn't come natural, you have to engage your conscious mind a little to override the pitfalls/advantages of modern life. The majority of posts in the primal blueprint nutrition section though, focus waaaaaayyyyyy to much on engaging your conscious brain to override your bodies systems.

    As far as being a roller coaster, stressful and an inconsistent strategy the "game" i proposed is far from, you eat without thinking (eat normal) for half the time, If your hungry grab some primal fare from the fridge. Wow what a revelation, throw out the calorie counters, the trawling of websites looking for the next "diet hack", comparing your self to others, throw it all away.

    The other half of the time there is usually a great opportunity to incorporate one or more of the little challenges into your week with ease. I'll give an example: A couple of times a week I spend the whole day out of home, in the morning before I leave, I take 30 seconds to have a little think about what im gunna eat in the day. I grab a bit of fruit then BAMMMM i've knocked a high carb day and a low calorie day off the list in one fell swoop. Do this a few more times in the week and you've probably taken 2-3 minutes of conscious brain time organising your diet during the week. I can't think of a less "stressful" way of eating, beats all those diet calcs and macro tracking and cal tracking and diet adjusting that I see so prevalent on MDA.

    When you eat like grok did, you will look like grok did. Your probably half way there, Eating WHAT (the primal blueprint food list) grok ate is only half the story. Throw out all the CW diet strategies, games, hacks and stress and start eating HOW grok did, you won't regret it. Check out my success story post if your interested in more, it's in my sig.
    There are times when stressing your body to cope is a good thing and there are times when maybe its not a good thing. Our bodies are really amazing at adapting to changes but those adaptations don't necessarily come without cost. If you look at the healthiest, longest living people on the earth, you will not find a diet that is constantly changing. Just the opposite.
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    Leida, based on CW, which advises 60% of total calories as carbs, you are very low carb. Only in the paleo/primal world would you be considered moderate carbs.
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    Probably, and my biggest weight loss came at 70% carb. But I found that to be as miserable as <30% carbs.

    I want to test the theory that I saw in the Practical Paleo books that for my activity level (active but not an athlete) I need 50-75 g carb. 100-150 seems to be pretty effortless for me, but I am not losing fat, so I want to see if I will start losing fat consistently if I tip it a touch lower (not crazy-lower) and if I can stick to it.

    EDIT: And, yeah, I don't think I will ever change: I will forever look for way to lose and not suffer while doing it.
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    I'm doing 30-80 with a ceiling maximum of 100 carbs, but I'm eating my veggies. I cook most of them as I have variable gastroparesis and things get slow if I eat fatty meat with raw veg. Do you have a problem digesting vegetable fibre?

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