After spending countless hours searching and reading mounds of info, I feel like a low carb diet is the next step for me, but I need some help. First off, I am an endomorph, and have always had a fairly easy time putting on muscle, but I have never been successful at cutting the fat. In the past I have always been concerned with muscle and increased weights, and this is my first real journey into the fat loss arena. BTW, I am 5'11", 196 lbs, if that helps at all. I am also a full time student, husband, and have a part time obligation with the Air National Guard, so convinience and low cost are essential for me.
So I have a few questions:
It seems that I will only be eating meats and vegetables, and some amounts of healthy fats like olive oil and what not. This seems relatively expensive (for the meat), is there any problem with just substituting some Grow!, maybe 3 times a day? The cost of it lately makes it a very tempting option.
What is the concensus on fruits? Some articles here say "try to get fat eating fruits", while others say to limit them extensively. The same goes for beans, do they have their place in a low carb diet? The fullness from the added fiber seems like it would assist in cravings.
I have concluded I want to stay around 50g of carbs a day for a short period of time until I begin to see the results I want. How does pre/post workout nutrition play into this? What about fruits and veggies?
Again, if there is one good article that sums this all up, please point me to it. It just seems that there are a few different camps out there, so I would like to hear from some people who have successfully used a low carb diet.
Sorry if this seems newbish, but I have the time and ability this semester to really tackle this, so I want to make sure I dont screw it up.