Well, its been 3 weeks since I’ve eaten anything unhealthy. No cheat days, cheat meals, etc. (Concession: I had 1 shot of tequila for my dads b’day, and proceeded to feel like shit because it was cheep stuff). And despite my unwavering commitment to my slow-carb diet, I don’t seem to be losing the fat quite the way I’d like (currently ~10% aiming for 6% by year end).
Here is what my eating basically looks like (from my journal)
[quote]in http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/blog_sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_log/ffbs_hellbent_pursuit_of_6_bf?pageNo=0#2560590 thexander wrote
1x 500 mg vitamin C, Kirkland Brand (2 if I feel under the weather)
1x Centrum Multivitamin
1x 500 mg slow-release niacin, NOW brand
Day (@ Work)
2-3 Cups of green tea
1 x 400 mg Green Tea Extract, NOW brand (Should I be taking 2?)
Bunch of Frozen Fruit (i.e. Mango, Cherries, Mixed Berries, etc.)
Sometimes fresh fruit (i.e. peaches, plums, bananas)
1-1.25 scoops Optimum Nutrition All Natural Vanilla Whey
1 Teaspoon Optimum Nutrition Creapure Creatine
1x 500 mg slow-release Niacin, NOW brand
1x Chromium Polynicotinate aka ChromeMate, NOW brand
My diet is based on Tim Ferriss Slow-Carb Diet ( http://www.fourhourworkweek.co… )
I dont really count calories, but I try to spread out my eating throughout the day as much as possible and I pretty much eye my portions.
I avoid soy products, milk, all pastas, all breads, all cereals (oatmeal included), all potatoes/veggie-starches, and all fruit (not counting tomato and other veggie-fruits).
4 egg whites + 1 yolk omlette
1/3-1/2 can black beans
1 Tablespoon all natural almond butter (sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less)
Small bag of almonds or other nuts (Ive recently introduced walnuts into my diet for their omega 3s & other health benefits)
1/2 Bottle low-fat Lifeway Kefir (Probiotic/cultured drink)
Mixed veggie salad
Seared, un-breaded chicken breast or grilled fish, etc.
Shake, as described above
[If not lifting]
Varies … kefir, various nuts, etc. [/quote]
Like I said in my journal, nuts are basically my default snack. At first it was all almonds, but recently I’ve introduced walnuts for the Omega3s & antioxidants.
The thing about nuts is they’re really tasty to me and somewhat addictive. I try to control my compulsion to eat them, but I guess I’m not that good at it (as a sugar addict, I never thought I’d have an issue with nuts…). Sometimes I eat them several times a day in “moderation,” and sometimes I’m just grabbing 1/2 a handful at a time from the pantry every couple of minutes.
So here is my question:
-Are the nuts the culprits and the main reason I’m not seeing the fat loss I want to?
-Since I’m already on a quite low calorie diet, what are some snacks I could substitute for the nuts? I’ve been avoiding greek yogurt because of the carb content and its expensive as hell. Also, on the go, like at a gas station, nuts seem like the only “safe” choice, because they don’t contain any soy nor do they have the carbs that most gas station protein bars have. Even beef jerky has sugar and tons of preservatives (which is an estrogen risk from my understanding).
Am I being too afraid of saturated fats? Should I be eating more cheeses? Should I cut out the almonds altogether and just stick to walnuts for o3s?
Sorry for being a bit frazzled, but I’m really not sure what to do. If I totally cut out nuts I know I’ll be undernourished and they represent a substantial portion of my diet. This is the main reason I haven’t tried replacing them with celery or anything.
Ok. I’ll shut up now. Please share your wisdom…