By recommendation from my husband's chiropractor last week we bought a new book:
His chiropractor said he's seen more patients get results (my husband is seeing him primarily for digestion issues) with this way of eating than any other.
If we hadn't of bought the book on Amazon on the way home from the appointment, I would have looked it up online and quickly refused. I would have only seen 'LOW CARB' and would have ignored it thinking it's another one of those crazy diets.
But we did buy the book.
And I am fascinated.
His premise is that you eat much like our ancestors did, and the biggest change to our normal lifestyle regarding our eating habits would be to cut out grains. You are STILL GETTING CARBS, but not from the traditional sources most of us Americans use to get them.
I figured what the heck- I'll give it at go because to be honest the last 2 weeks I have tracked my calories so close, done my workouts religiously, and watched the scale keep climbing higher despite all of that. Mark says that to lose weight you should consume 50-100g of carbs a day, and to maintain you should consume 100-150g of carbs daily. (And remember, no grains, though I did have my vegan Shakeology which has protein from brown rice). I lowered my carb intake to 100-150g and the scale went back down to 150 (from 152.8) in a day. It's been about a week now and everyday I am seeing 150 on the scale. (My calorie intake was about 1700-2100 each day so I wasn't starving myself). But was the weight loss because I cut out grains, or lowered my carbs? Those are the questions I will keep exploring!
He says that eating 150-200g of carbs a day is going to lead to a steady weight gain, and my body was doing just that. (He does have you add in more carbs for intense workouts, so there is more to it than a formula of always eat X amount of carbs.)
If there is anything I am learning is that I don't believe there is a one-size-fits-all diet plan. You need to figure out what works for YOUR body. I was talking with a friend yesterday who says she knows bodybuilders who eat 150-300g of carbs a day and lose weight, yet if some eat over 150g a day they gain weight.
We are all different.
I just know for my body, this seems to be something it likes. I cut grains and lowered my carbs, just to the 100-150g a day range and feel I am not having to fight the scale. Does this mean I will never eat a bowl of oatmeal, or an Ezekiel tortilla, probably not. But for the next few weeks I am going to stick to his principles and see how I am feeling. As my friend Rebecca says, "You have to play chemist with your own body." If you are struggling with your weight this may be something for you to consider. It may work, and it may not, we all react to different foods differently.
Have you tried the Primal Blueprint? What are your thoughts about it?