Failing at low carbing.
June 6, 2011 8:20 PM Subscribe
Looking for help starting and sticking to a low carb diet!
posted by canadia to health & fitness (36 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my late-twenties and was diagnosed with insulin resistance about five years ago. I've been on Metformin XR since, and it's worked really well for me. But I'm on the max dose for Met and I'm still young, so I'm worried about my body in the long run. I'm also concerned about my weight; I gained weight over this winter from being inactive and eating and drinking way too much. I've just started back up again on Couch to 25k (and I'm on week 3, running 4 days a week), which has helped me lose some weight in the past, although normally I shed 10 lbs and give up because I'm briefly satisfied with my weight loss, even though later I get frustrated at myself for not sticking with it. I've read enough over the past few years to know that I should be eating low carb to deal with both these issues, especially my blood sugar issues.
The problem: Every time I've done low carb, I end up tired, starving, and slightly nauseated. The way I feel after a meal of fish or chicken loaded with veg is vastly different to how I feel after fish or chicken, 1 veg, and couscous with fruit as dessert. When I eat a low carb meal, I'm hungry again an hour later, and I feel weak and exhausted. I know that you're supposed to push yourself through the first few days, but I've had the same feelings still going over a week of low, or lower, carbing.
I feel like maybe there's something with low carbing that I'm just not getting. I'm fairly certain I'm not eating enough fats, because the only fats in my diet are typically avocados and olives, two things I typically eat at least once a day, but is that enough to change how low carbing makes me feel? It's so frustrating to read how other people with insulin resistance are turning their lives around by limiting carbs, when I can barely lift my head up without them!
Other special snowflake details: Female, 5'4", 150 lbs. I'm allergic to dairy, I'm rubbish at cooking anything complicated, and I have very limited kitchen space (limited to one small refrigerator shelf, one freezer shelf, and one small cupboard).
Without low carbing, my diet is typically:
Breakfast: 1 bowl of muesli with plain soy milk
Lunch: Tomatoes, olives, sandwich meat or falafel balls or marinated anchovies, hard-boiled eggs, berries or cantaloupe or bananas
Dinner: Fish, vegetables, couscous
Snacks (usually 1-2 per day): Smaller portions of what I have for lunch, with more fruit
I drink tea and a ton of water throughout the day. Once a week I may have wine or beer with friends.
(This varies depending on my schedule, ie. if I'm up late and sleep in the next day, I might skip bfast and eat lunch as my first meal, followed by dinner, and have 1-2 snacks later. Sometimes instead of the fish/veg/couscous I make chicken, veg, and whole wheat pasta.)