Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Nutritionally Confused

I've called myself a "Low Carber" since about August, 1998 - going on 10 years. In that time I've spent a lot of time trying to understand how carbohydrates and insulin affect my body in different situations and share that hard-won knowledge with others who are struggling.

Now I find myself confused. While I'm still much lower carb than the typical American, I'm not staying in ketosis (which is the typical protocol when an LCer wants to lose weight) and yet I have visually observable results to my progress in only five or six weeks.

Now, to be completely fair, I have not lost one pound in all this visible progress. However, I try very hard to keep the focus on body composition, how I look in the mirror, and how the clothes fit rather than what the scale shows. I've always said I wouldn't care if I was 200 pounds, as long as body fat percentage was low.

And I like what I see, how I feel and how the clothes are starting to fit. Therein lies the confusion. Would my progress be better with full-on LCing? Would more carbs help? How about I just shut the hell up and be happy I have progress after being depressed for so long about my body and weight?

For now I think I'll continue the way I'm going:

  • Moderately low carb off the bike,
  • Low glycemic index off the bike
  • No caloric restriction (hoping to build more muscle)
Wish I had started working out like this 10 years ago.

1 comment:

Maarburg said...

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. -Jean-Paul Sartre

In other words, if I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.