Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fun with food...

My foray into a low-carb, high-fat meal plan was a lot of fun. It also made me very carb-depleted, very, very quickly. My plan was to stick with it for a few days, then throw in a higher carb day, then back to the lower carbs, higher fat.

I loved having lots of nuts and oils and butter and egg yolks and (mmm!) peanut butter and avocado. My body didn't love running low on glycogen. The last couple of days, cardio SUCKED. I knew I was at my limit yesterday morning, when I got halfway through a pathetic attempt at cardio, jumped onto the elliptical and was struggling to keep it at 60 rpm. Sheesh. How embarrassing! I called it quits, grabbed my towel and water bottle and sensibly headed home for some oats and whey.

I hung on grimly throughout the day though - it's not that I was hungry, or having cravings. In fact, I was fine in those departments. I just felt like C.R.A.P. Last night I was sitting on the couch, watching House and I could not stand The Baby's fidgeting or chattering. Snappy, cold, miserable and exhausted is not a fun way to be.

Today I threw in a higher carb day and I feel much better, thanks. The experiment did the trick, sending the scales downward - although I know they'll bounce back up a bit after today. But I'm not in a hurry to repeat the experience. Apart from the glycogen-depletion crash and burn thing, today was a Hungry Hippo day and I had to chuck in some extra calories to prevent myself from falling face-down into the fundraiser chocolates at the office. I doubt that my metabolism suddenly revved up overnight - it's more likely a 'survival' response, prompted by messing with my carb ratios.

I think from tomorrow it's back to 40/40/20 for me! (Yes, Coach, you were right, of course....) I mean, seriously, those ratios have been working for me for the past 4 and a bit years, so why mess with success?


Charlotte Orr said...

Funny how everyone is so different, isn't it? I've been doing surprisingly well on the low-carb, high fat thing, managing about six days in a row before needing a higher carb day. I don't have to run around with personal training clients like you do though. Have a great end of week.

LizN said...

Yeah, vive la difference. I don't do well on low carb high fat at all and my carb tolerance is not as good as yours Charlotte, I think I may have to add more fat :)


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