I think we have all heard about low carb diets like the Atkins diet. They have become recently more popular with the restructuring of the food pyramid.
My dad started on a low carb diet back in January. He has had type 1 diabetes since he was very young and a few years ago was diagnosed with celiacs disease which means he can't eat gluten (wheat products). Since January he has been eating less carbs (with the help of a dietitian that he has been seeing since before I was born) and it really has helped him a lot. He has more energy now and has lost the extra weight he had.
With the help of my dad, I decided to start counting the carbs that I was in taking per day. I have been using the daily plate site to help me keep track over the past two weeks. This is a decent site but sometimes it doesn't have exactly the right foods and nutrition values so its good for a rough estimate of daily eats. Before starting this I kept track of my carb intake to use as a comparison and I was eating at the very least 400 grams per day.
I set a goal of about 100 carbs per day. This was just a test mark value and it would be varied as I went along. At first it was hard because I was very hungry between meals but as the days went on it got easier. On average now I am eating between 120-150 grams of carbohydrates per day. I did find that after my long runs I eat more carbs (close to 200 grams).
For breakfast I have been eating 2 eggs, 2 strips of bacon, coffee and a fruit (usually a banana). Lunch and dinner can vary but I have stayed away from pasta and other carbo-loading foods. Snacks include cheese or anything with low carbs and protein.
Eating fewer carbohydrates has helped me to feel less "full" or "stuffed" after a meal. I still have the same energy level as before and my morning runs have been great. I am not sure if I have really lost any weight from this, but that is not the reason I am doing this. By following this diet, it will help you slim down by helping you lose the fat and not the muscle.
Now I am not suggesting that anyone should go on this diet, this is just my own experience. I don't know all the information about this diet so if you are interested in this I would suggest doing some research yourself. Eating lower carbohydrates is really an interesting concept for me and it seems to be working. You don't need to give up bread or anything like that, its just all about moderation and not eating three meals that are packed with carbs.
If anyone has any questions feel free to comment and I will try my best to answer them.
Onto today's running - Tempo Tuesday!! Currently I am staying with B-Rabbit and his family and so I have new places to run. B went to the gym so I ran there and got in 5.2 miles for the run with 3.7 at tempo pace. Thanks for all the encouraging comments about running the 5k this weekend. I think I have my running schedule all figured out, now just to get my social calender arranged and I will be good to go for the race! Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!