Am I Eating Too Many Carbs or Not Enough?
August 13, 2012 8:41 AM Subscribe
Self-directed low carb/paleo diet. Totally wrung out after 30 minutes in the gym. Am I doin it rong?
posted by Kitty Stardust to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I've cut out all starches, grains, potatoes, sugars and processed foods. My diet is most often whey powder, almond milk and 2/3 a cup of frozen berries in a blender for breakfast (sometimes, I add flax or coconut oil to that), salad of some sort with chicken or plain bunless burger (handmade, not fast food) with salsa for lunch. Dinner is usually chicken, salmon or (much more rarely) lamb or beef, all commonly broiled with a large spinach salad (tomato, baby spinach, cukes, lots of herbs like parsley & basil, dressed with only olive oil and lemon juice) and/or some steamed or roasted veg such as broccoli, asparagus, green beans, zucchini, etc. I don't often snack, but if I do it's usually some almonds and/or a bit of imported cheddar cheese. I put some grass-fed butter on my meats and cook some of them in the coconut oil as well. I also take fish oil supplements. I've backed off a lot of the dairy consumption that low-carb diets advise, but still eat small amounts of cheese and butter.
It's all pretty low carb, but for the berries, I suppose. We're going through cherry season, and cherries being my favorite fruit, I had been gorging on them between meals up until two weeks ago. I know Paleo diets tend to be more fruit-friendly than low-carb, but I have regained weight like crazy since I started adding more fruit to my diet. I've had to buy larger sized pants. Since this has been happening, I've tried to really curtail the fruit consumption, but I'm wondering if even the berries are too much sugar for my system. I do give in the occasional peach or strawberries, but then I fear I've had way too much sugar. This happens maybe twice a week or less.
I'm also working out with a personal trainer doing lots of whole-body resistance exercises (walking lunges with a curl, kettlebell squats, weighted woodchoppers) so I'm wondering if that combined with my high protein intake is kind of making my bum & leg muscles grow? Could that account for all my pants being much tighter across the hips & upper thigh?
My trainer recommends I eat all kinds of stuff like plain oatmeal for breakfast, bananas with peanut butter, yogurt with low-fat granola and all other kinds of non-starters for me, but I have to agree with him that my stamina is in pretty short supply when we go through our routine. Then again, this is the first thing I do when I get up and I rarely have time to eat anything first. All the food he recommends give me wicked heartburn, so I'd really rather not, but my legs and arms get wobbly pretty quickly, and I really haven't progressed much in terms of how much weight I can handle.
Oh yeah, I'm a lady, about 35, hitting 180lbs right now (up from about 160 last year) I work as desk job, and I do go in to the gym at least once or twice more a week to do about 50 minutes of cardio. I'm also on an SSRI right now. Hope me tweak my diet?