All you low-carb experts...please GTFIH
- 04-01-2012, 06:05 PM
All you low-carb experts...please GTFIH
Alright guys, I need all the tips and experienced opinions I can get. Please bare with me on the long post.
I am struggling with nailing this **** down and it's really pissing me off. Right now, my primary goal is to lose body fat, specifically in the midsection and glutes. That is first and foremost, second is to retain and possibly build as much LBM as I can. I'm not too worried about building a huge amount of muscle right now, that's for later. Right now the focus is to lose fat, fat, fat.
I've ran a keto diet in the past for about 2.5 weeks before I said, "fck it". The energy was nowhere to be found and my workouts were suffering. There was seriously no point in following that **** if I couldn't even last 30 minutes at the gym. Ya, I def. saw the results coming but I think I would've killed myself had I followed it for another week.
Now, what I want to do is take in just around 100g of carbs, all coming from oats. The rest of the cals will come from fats and protein. Here's my dilemma, when I was running that keto diet, I was not feeling "regular". Not trying to get all graphic, but seriously, it can't be OK to not be taking proper #2s. It just did not feel right at all, especially when I was used to eating 2 cups of oats a day and feeling GOOD. I try and shoot for 25-30g of fiber a day, I could not do this on keto, even though I know fiber cals don't count.
My question is, you guys think it's fine to take in all my fat cals from JUST EVOO, coconut oil, eggs, and nuts? I'm talking like half my fat cals from EVOO and coconut oil. It's just a bitch to calculate how much fat I'm ACTUALLY taking in from bacon or 85/15 ground turkey. Bacon is the worst because I don't know if the nutrition facts are formatted for cooked or pre-cooked. If it's for pre-cooked than it's even more of a bitch because you can't exactly know how much fat you just lost through the cooking, blah blah blah. If fat is fat, it shouldn't really matter where it's coming from right? This way I know EXACTLY how much I'm taking in because oils, nuts, and eggs are way easier to measure out than meat.
I would honestly like to keep my foods to a strict circle and endure the fatigue than feel like **** and not be getting in the exact macros. Sorry but my body is very sensitive to these type of things. If I don't get enough cals in and I'm busting my ass in the gym, then I'm working against myself. Oh and with oils, I plan on just putting them in my shakes along with the eggs. I find this incredibly easier than figuring out how much fat I'm going to lose when cooking fatty meat. Plus oils and nuts have healthier fats.
Also, I depend on my oats and flaxmeal for my fiber intake. The flaxmeal is the PERFECT food on low-carbs because all the carbs in it are fiber so essentially it's carb-free. Finally, I would be taking the carbs ONLY pre-workout. This would eliminate the sluggishness for workouts. I'm not concerned about it any other time, I can deal with it, but workouts I must need some kind of fuel.
Obviously, this works out to some kind of TKD or w/e you guys want to call it these days. At least this way I don't have to buy nasty 85/15 ground turkey and ****. I can stick with boneless chicken thighs and lean meats for my protein.
Sorry for the long read here folks but I seriously need some tips and advice, let me know what you guys think. I'm open to any and all suggestions. I really want to make this work.
Oh and as for my workouts. It's gonna be hitting the gym at least 5x a week, cardio for 45 minutes, and lifting for reps in the 10-15 range. For me the size usually comes when strength increases, I'm not worried about that right now. I want to build a solid base before I start any kind of lean bulk.
- 04-01-2012, 06:09 PM
04-02-2012, 02:33 PM
When i do low carb I focus on getting most of my fat from nuts, avocados, EVO, eggs, etc.
I agree that lean meats are much easier to deal with, and the trace carbs in nuts or avocados is hardly enough to cause a problem with the diet, in my opinion.
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04-02-2012, 02:47 PM
I think the lack of regularity is probably more related to the lack of vegetables... Broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower etc all will have next to no carb impact but have other health benefits including fiber.
04-02-2012, 02:53 PM
Have you considered taking a fiber supplement Benefiber, Metamucil, etc? I know some people are against them, but when I used to use those often I stayed pretty regular.
04-02-2012, 03:36 PM
That said, keto isnt for everyone amd by no means is it "needed" for weight loss. If you dont like it or cant stay committed to it, then move on to a different diet
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04-02-2012, 10:07 PM
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