Thursday, January 29, 2015

I Eat a High-Fat Diet: Do I Need More Carbs?

I’ve Bulletproofed my diet.

I started this in about April 2013. My boyfriend at the time did all of the research on it and told me to try it. It took some coaxing, but I did it. I didn’t do much of my own research on it at the time—I just trusted him to tell me what I should and shouldn’t eat, which is very unlike me.

But it worked.

By about September, I had lost over 15 pounds and had way more energy and I rarely got bloated anymore, and I didn't feel like I was depriving myself of the foods I loved. Because I had more energy, I could work out more, which caused me to then gain 10 pounds of muscle.

During Christmas of 2013, I got off track, gained some more weight, then got back on track and maintained my weight and energy levels and general feeling of health. The weight wasn’t the important thing. I was still feeling great.

Now I have lots of athletic goals, and I have upped my training, and now I don’t feel like I have enough energy. I am often tired and sore. I’m trying to figure out why. I don’t know if I need more rest days...or if I need to eat differently.

The Bulletprood Diet suggest getting most of your energy from fat, followed by protein, and then topped off with a minimal amount of carbs. But most research studies—and athletes—say you need carbs to perform well athletically.

My breakfast consists of a mug of green tea infused with four tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter and a tablespoon or two of MCT oil. (Actually, it tastes great! Thanks for asking.) This lasts me until about 2 p.m. every day. The only carbs I’ve been ingesting are from vegetables and from my waxy maize recovery drink.

But when I try to work out, I feel like I could go on at a moderate pace for hours, and I have done that, but when I try to sprint or even pick up the pace a little bit, I hit a wall. It’s like my energy levels can only be syphoned out at an even pace. No dipping into the storage pot!

I would like to lose some weight and gain more muscle, and I’m worried that upping my carb intake will make me gain weight, and not the muscled kind of it. I guess I’ll have to keep experimenting!

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