I believe in carbs. Carbs are true. In fact, I believe in all the macros.
Moderate carbs / moderate fats is a good way to just live life, IMO.
It’s moderate so you can do it without thinking about it as “being on a diet.”
It’s fairly easy to eyeball once you know what’s in the foods you eat.
I don’t have to get really restrictive or eliminate most foods.
Treats in small amounts can generally fit my daily totals, If It Fits My Macros type of deal.
The Zone 30 pro/ 40 carbs/ 30 fat
Or even more like 40 pro/ 30 carbs/ 30 fat - I do fairly well somewhere between this and The Zone.
Or there’s Dan Duchaine’s 33 pro/ 33 carbs/ 33 fat.
ALL moderate carbs.
Personally, I don’t feel good mentally or physically if I restrict carbs too much. I tend to get depressed. The research shows that women are more susceptible to depression on low carb diets, so that makes some sense in my case. I know some people do well on a low carb approach, but this is my experience. The only reason I’d think about getting more carb restrictive might be temporarily cycling to do a figure comp or something like that.
I hear ya. everyone is different. I personally find it much easier to eliminate something than to try to moderate it. Plus I feel better, more energy, better focus, est. Without carbs. Low carb + training I almost get a high…[/quote]
If you aren’t doing it like me, you’re doing it wrong DoubleDuce.
Of interest, there’s been more research about Intermittent Fasting and women tend to NOT handle it as well as the men either. I was kind of surprised at that since we have proportionally more fat and are more metabolically efficient (slower metabolic rate) than men. I’d have guessed the opposite would be true.
Take home message: Men and women - Not the same.
Seriously, there’s going to be a lot of variation among individuals, right? I know women who like low carb, and IF. It’s a good thing from a survival perspective that the human body is fairly adaptable/ flexible in terms of what will work. [/quote]
I kind of have the notion that there are still the remnants of hunter-gatherers around. Hunter-gathers probably did a lot of IF. You wake up and there might not be anything to eat until you go out and kill it. So you wake up and go hunt the first part of the day. And your body knows that and makes you super alert and focused when hungry so you have a better chance to catch something. Then you eat a whole bunch and rest. People more genetically adapted to growing their own food might not do well that way. [/quote]
I’d think so. DD, It’s off the original topic of this thread, but interesting from a survival perspective. I recently read Berardi talking about how women doing IF tend to have more trouble with symptoms of hormone disruption like loosing their period, as well as metabolic slow down. From a survival perspective, carrying a baby NOT optimal when food is scarce. Metabolism slowing down to conserve fat and energy also a good survival mechanism.
I don’t know if I can link to it here, but for anyone interested, look up Paleo For Women Shattering the Myth of Fasting for Women: A Review of Female Specific Responses to Fasting In the Literature.