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Old 01-08-2016, 08:49 PM   #1
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Hey everybody!

I'm in week 2 of transitioning from being low carb to eating a slightly more carb adapted diet.

Before I was taking in 2750-3000cal on a high fat, low carb diet and felt pretty good. I got tired of a cheat meal throwing me out of ketosis for a few days at a time so i decided that a more traditional diet might be a better option and might help jump start my fat loss again.

So after some up and down weeks over the holidays i started doing the following ... 2500cal at a 30-35%c/45-50%p/20%f and feel like i've put on a LOT of fat in my mid section and posterior.

Ytrdy being an example ... 2457cal / 124g carbs / 203g protein / 91g fat ...

Considering that i'm 266 and highly active, i'm at a really good deficit so i'm trying to figure out why my body is acting like it is.

I realize that it takes some time for the body to adjust to a switch in diet, especially when i was doing low carb for as long as I had.

Just trying to get an idea of how the transition went for other folks. Did you balloon up and then go back down? how long did the transition take?
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It's probably just mental, or if you are eating wheat it could just be causing you some gut inflammation. Stick with it though cause carbs are life.
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If your taking in a lot less fat then before. Your body is trying to store it now. The Low Carb diet switches your bodies fuel from Carbs to Fat. So when you body is forced to Burn fat it will dump the excess Fat your taking it. No need for it. Does that make any sense? So once your switched to a diet that calls for lower Fat intake. Your body is holding on to that for Fuel.

Have you thought of Carb Cycling? There is no need to keep track to see if in ketosis. I never check. I have High/Med/Lo Carb Days. Never have 2 Low Carb days in a row.. Never have 2 High carb days in a row and I never have more then 2 Med Carb Days in a row. My Low Carb days I make sure and keep it under 10-15g
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Having a tough time not going back to low carb, Fen. Hard to keep resolve when you're adding back fat at this rate. :/

Ramrod - I've never tried carb cycling. Do you just do high/med/low in that order and just start over once your low day is done?
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Hey everybody!

I'm in week 2 of transitioning from being low carb to eating a slightly more carb adapted diet.

Before I was taking in 2750-3000cal on a high fat, low carb diet and felt pretty good. I got tired of a cheat meal throwing me out of ketosis for a few days at a time so i decided that a more traditional diet might be a better option and might help jump start my fat loss again.

So after some up and down weeks over the holidays i started doing the following ... 2500cal at a 30-35%c/45-50%p/20%f and feel like i've put on a LOT of fat in my mid section and posterior.

Ytrdy being an example ... 2457cal / 124g carbs / 203g protein / 91g fat ...

Considering that i'm 266 and highly active, i'm at a really good deficit so i'm trying to figure out why my body is acting like it is.

I realize that it takes some time for the body to adjust to a switch in diet, especially when i was doing low carb for as long as I had.

Just trying to get an idea of how the transition went for other folks. Did you balloon up and then go back down? how long did the transition take?
SOB - Your numbers do not add up. Based on what you wrote, your actual percentage breakdown is as follows: 19%C, 32%P and 33%F. You're not hitting 30%C 45%P 20%F like you said.

Like Ramrod, I also carb cycle. However, I am a cardio fiend. I do high carb days on lifting days (most carbs taken pre and post workout except for green veggies the rest of the day). On "cardio" days I do "medium" carbs with carbs coming after the workout (none before). On rest days, I do low carb.
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I'm confused ... i took the grams and figured my percentages based on that? I'm assuming that's incorrect?

Sorry if that's a dumb question.
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A calorie is a calorie, if you are at a deficit I highly doubt you are gaining fat. We weigh about the same and I would be really hungry and drop a little weight at anything less than 3000 calories a day. This is my opinion but it just makes sense to take everything in moderation. Valley diets just make things difficult. They're hard to sustain, and are just extra work.
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A calorie is a calorie,...
Carefull. This is a generalization not a fact. (different conversation, so I won't hijack this thread for it)

The one aspect of dieting that I would encourage you to examine is sustainability. While I advocate a lower simple carb based diet, a ketogenic diet is difficult to maintain (sustain) long term for most people. Rather than trying or doing a specific style of eating, I would encourage finding a way that you can sustain. Let me try to give an example.

In my house, my eating a very low carb, ketogenic style, was causing all kinds of problems and lack of support, as I was the only one who could and would eat this way. After lengthy discussions and my wife's own reading, we have come to an emphasis on single ingredient foods. I focus on hitting my protein and fat macros and fill in with carbs. What has happened in the last few weeks is that I am able to eat more, feel stronger, feel fuller and am still eating "low carb," (if I hit my protein and fat goals, I have about 200g of carbs to eat, Average American? 350g+/day), and am losing weight. Did I eliminate all prepackaged foods? No, near impossible to do any more, I just cut them down to about 10% of my weekly intake. Am I in ketosis? Nope, you don't actually need to be to lose weight eating low carb. What makes this more sustainable is that I am now, more easily, able to adapt to the situations around me. The other thing I have done in the past few weeks was reconfigure my calories and macros based upon my goal weight as opposed to my current weight, taking into account activity and trianing. I am eating at a calculated maintenance for my goal, which, in theory and calculations, is less than my current maintenance, putting me in a deficit. When I reach goal weight, I will be used to eating this many calories in this manner making maintenance easy. It is far more sustainable long run.

Hope this was slightly helpful.
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I'm confused ... i took the grams and figured my percentages based on that? I'm assuming that's incorrect?

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You said: "2457cal / 124g carbs / 203g protein / 91g fat ..." So, 124x4=496 calories from carbs; 203x4=812 calories from protein; 91x9=819 calories from fat. So, actually, you're only eating 2,127 calories (23%c;38%p;38%f). So, I think you wrote your numbers down wrong. Make sense?
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