March 10, 2014 at 7:31 pm #15791DellaParticipant
Do certain individuals “thrive” or are naturally inclined towards a higher fat or higher carb diet?
I personally feel heavy and like total junk when I eat a diet high in fat, I feel as those I feel lighter and more energetic with mostly carbs, moderate protein and a little fat. Also I find I have an easier time maintaining my weight, for me eating fat does seem to make me fat :S
Any one care to share their personal experiences?March 10, 2014 at 11:12 pm #15795bennyhaParticipant
I have been eating low carb for a few years and effortlessly remained very lean and fit. But I did find it hard to gain muscle, and as the years passed I felt worse and worse physically. I ended up cold, tired, fatigued, no libido, and with all sorts of candida/fungus/bacterial infections.
Now I am eating about 3500 calories per day. I eat at a ratio of 55/25/20 in terms of C/P/F. I am gaining weight at an incredibly rapid weight, going from 158-175 in less than 2 months. I have never been above 165 before, so this weight gain is something I have never experienced. I’m not saying its the high carbs that are making me fat, just sharing my experience thus farMarch 11, 2014 at 9:56 am #15803blurgParticipant
Many would not consider 55% carbs high – most people who talk about high carb diets quote 80 to 90% carbs.
I am not calculating my carbs percisely, but recently decided to eat largely fruits to get my carbs. I have gained a lot of weight and still haven’t gotten high temps so am trying something new. I think I was eating maybe around 30 to 35% fat which may not be high but isn’t low either. From what I have read here and elsewhere, most people might be leaner on a high fruit/carb diet than on a high fat diet.
I once went low carb and while I didn’t gain weight (was only on it for around 9 months) none of my low metabolism symptoms went away and one of them, my digestive distress, went way up.March 11, 2014 at 10:40 am #15804LindaParticipant
Hey blurg, I’ve been thinking about eating more fruit. I also can’t get my temps up. I found that when I tried to eat more carbs/sugar & less fat, I craved the fat. I don’t know what my percentage of carbs/protein/fats is but I feel that something is off. I have decided to eat more fruit because I find that I am craving it. Just not sure how to get more calories from that. I don’t want to cook it with sugar, just want it fresh.
bennyha, I am not comfortable with my weight gain either. I get depressed just thinking about summer because I have nothing to wear. It would be nice to start seeing some signs of improvement.March 11, 2014 at 11:24 am #15807blurgParticipant
Since upping fruit and cutting down on fat, I have not craved more fat but I do feel hungrier so I eat even more fresh and dried fruit in between meals. At the same time I decided to eat more fruit I also wanted to do more consistent eating and eating most of my calories at meals than before when I would snack more – so I think I have to just add more fruit to my meals so I don’t get as hungry in between. It is an adjustment to know how much fruit one actually needs to eat to have a lasting full feeling. Things I have cut down on are butter, coconut oil and cheese. I am not much of a meat eater so I still have about the same amount of that a day.
One thing I do now is eat raisins before bed and that seems to help me sleep better. I had tried sugar water or just sugar but that was hard for me to choke down.
My temps have gone up but not as high as many get to. Probably the main reason as I haven’t gotten them as high is because I still have not eaten as many calories as what Matt and others say you are supposed to – I used to eat around 1100 to 1400 calories a day and have been eating around 1800 to 2200 calories a day and have gained 25 lbs which is something that is extremely hard for me to accept. I am not going to count calories for now and just eat more fruit when I feel hungry – hopefully that won’t add up to more weight gain, but just in case it does, I am going to add in 10 to 20 minutes of HIIT 3 times a week. Will see how it goes.March 11, 2014 at 3:25 pm #15808DellaParticipant
Interesting, I prefer to keep it light during the day with carbs from fruits, I also feel better eating vegetarian during the day so I’ve been eating beans and lentils, causes a little bloating but its manageable. At night depending on how hungry I am I will have a meal with animal protein and fat, and additional carbs if needed. Works so far. I found also skipping breakfast has helped my energy and keeps my blood sugar more stable. I am working through a lot of body issues right now that have given me food intolerances and sensitivities to almost everything. I am always tweaking to see what works best. But I think intuition is the biggest indicator of all of what sort of diet one should consume. My father for example is a “carboholic” haha. He loves bread, crackers, anything loaded with carbs. And he stays trim, mind you he is very active. My mother has much richer tastes. She like butter, cheese, patee. Those things make me sick, I am way more inclined to crave a bowl of oatmeal, cereal, granola or fruit.
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