Type 2 Diabetes Low Carb Diet Plan

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Diet Wars - Carb Cycling Vs The Ketogenic Diet

Print After all these years, barely a week goes by in which I don’t get asked about ketogenic dieting or carb cycling (usually both). So to settle all debate, let’s look at the main benefits and drawbacks of each. Before we go into all that, let me just state that it’s a scientific fact that some people don’t have to worry as much about the types of carbs they eat, and don’t have to have severely low carb intakes to lose fat. This characteristic—insulin function/sensitivity—is highly genetically based . You can get tested for this and other genes via FitnessGenes (aka MuscleGenes), or you can pay careful attention and use long-term trial and error to determine your carb sensitivity. Let’s start with a carb-cycling diet first, which will enhance our discussion on keto later. First, a definition: Carb cycling could be anything from having two or three cheat/reward meals per week during a carb-restricted diet to having two or three very low carb days per week and eating a normal amount of carbs on other days. Carb cycling works best in people who are able to maintain a high degree of compliance, don’t succumb to cravings, and don’t have huge appetites. The reason f Continue reading >>

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  1. drum_playing_twig

    Just wanted to share some of the results of my 1 month keto journey. Most of it has been good but not everything.
    The good

    Money! I have so much more money now that I don't waste it all on crapfood, snacks and alcohol

    My poop is somehow much more normal now, like when I was a kid. Before it was always a half diarrhea-ish mess. And my farts smell a hell of a lot less for some reason.

    I have no food cravings anymore. No snack cravings, night cravings etc

    When I eat, I eat til I'm no longer hungry, resulting in much smaller portion sizes

    All meals makes me full longer. I can go for 4-6 hours without feeling hungry again.

    Food is no longer a source of joy for me. I mean, I can still enjoy a delicious meal but most meals are just fuel to me now.

    Edit: Also, I no longer have that afternoon crash where I'd be like a zombie at work, sleepy and tired.

    I've lost 4 pounds
    The bad

    I've only lost 4 pounds. I have my macros down, I eat at a 30-50% deficit and most people seem to have much better results in ths department than me

    Occasionally constipated. Need to drink more water I guess.

    In the beginning I was feeling dizzy and light headed a lot. Bought some potassium/magnesium supplements and it went away

    I feel weaker in the gym than when I was on a "normal" carb diet

  2. Aimwill

    Howdy, congrats on the victories :-)
    Question: have you been measuring yourself? If not, I suggest starting. I have found myself in a stall lately not losing any real weight (basically within my normal fluctuation range) but when I looked at my inches, I had last 11.5" in 2 weeks! Looking at that progress makes the stagnant numbers on the scale less meaningful and reminds me that while my body is shrinking and firming the big jigglness of fat is getting replaced by lean, firm muscles.
    Good luck on your continued journey!

  3. drum_playing_twig

    Hmm this is a good suggestion. I only measure my weight, never my inches. I will start tomorrow morning! Thanks!

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