And my cheap calipers were reading 10%...such trash
If you're craving carbs all the time...there may be a reason. I was until I tracked my food intake for a few days and saw that I was way undereating, like 1,000 cals below BMR, on a regular basis. So now I'm eating more and feeling better and not really craving anything. I don't shoot for ketosis though--I eat bananas, strawberries, apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, salads, carrots, onions, broccoli and cauliflower, green beans all the time. Not tons, but regularly...it's all so good, especially the stuff I grow myself, and I like knowing I'm eating nutritiously.
If you don't provide your body with the nutrition it needs to do demanding lifts or handle other stresses in life, it will win (over your desire for aesthetics or your desire to push yourself beyond sustainable levels). You'll develop injuries, lose energy, etc. Been there. Not fun.
I've been eating between 2500 and 2900 kcal/day and have not been craving/obsessively preoccupied with food, like I was, since I cut the carbs. It appears so far to be the psychologically healthier decision. So far my appearance, focus, digestive health and sleep appear to have improved. There are also plenty of active folks who have great success eating this way on a fairly long term basis. I am, however, fully prepared to drop out of LC if I begin noticing any of these problems you all mention.
But on a serious note, thanks Neckhammer for the link as there's info on there that I've been looking for
I don't believe there is one correct way of eating for everybody, and I don't believe there is one correct way of eating for a person through every stage of their life
What do you guys think about doing low carb/high fat 5 days a week for the non-gaining benefits that I had mentioned (improved digestion, energy level, mood, leanness etc) and employing a twice weekly carb refeed on LHT days (125g preworkout, 125g post, lower fat of course. Probably all in berries and Okinowan purple sweet potatoes, one food that I do sorely miss since beginning this ketogenic stint...)
Something along the lines of a TKD (targeted ketogenic diet)
Are the low carb rest day periods of the week sufficiently long enough for me to slip back into a ketogenic state?