Hey guys, i wanted to know whether anyone else here has had a similar exeprience and can offer some advise or insight into this very annoying condition.
Whenever i incorporate some cardio into my workout routine i find that i can never balance out the number of carbs that my body requires each particular day to curb the cravings i get at night. I have come to a point where i am able to control it a lot more than previously, my food choices are now primarily fruit, tuna, and ham. (They used to be really bad. It became such a condition that it would happen automatically and a lot of the time i woudln't even realise that i had done it!) The times where i was aware, being in that half dazed state, i was in no frame of mind to exercise any control.
I am pretty sure that it nothing more than me not having the proper balance of carb/proteins/fats for the day and therefore the body automatically craves that which is required.
It happens almost synchronistically at around 2am (not sure if it is because i have become completely accostomed to the condition of addiction or that it is actually a homeostatic regulatory byproduct of my imbalanced nutrition).
I'm currently doing Waterbury's total body workout, and running 30 min 6 days a week. (i'm running porimarily for meditative purposes, keeps me sane with all the shit going on in my life, only my time i get thats not in a garage - since having quit smoking i can do this, so i'm not willing to give it up).
My diet is primarily as follows:
Breakfast: wheat biscuit, organic muesli with a cup of yogurt with fruit.
mid morning: protein shake or tuna or nuts
lunch: salad with olive oil and some meat (turkey, roast beef, chicken) or salmon/tuna (rotated)
mid evening: protein shake / tuna / nuts
dinner: salad/vegetables with some meat
evening: protein shake before bed.
Thats pretty much what i each each day.
On my weight days i run at night (i workout in the mornings) and after the run i'll have a standard dinner, but i will have some fruit aswell to supplement the carbs.
I have JB's Precision Nutrition, came yesterday, looks really good. I am very sensitive to carbs and my body fluctuates incredibly. The carb cycling he talks of (ie. post workout meal, workout drinks etc i'm already doing). My meals aren't as perfect as he has outlined of course.
I had a blood test about a year ago, just to check that all my levels were in order and that came out fine.
Its just really irritating when you wake up and realise that everything that you are about to do that day, you'd be lucky if you cancel out the damage you did about 4 hrs ago.
I am 5'11" bout 190lb (87kg) bout 14% bf. In Feb 05 i got to 209lb (95kg) and was 8% bf. But i had cut out a lot of carbs. I wasn't doing much cardio either, maybe 2 x weekly.
I have tried really increasing my carbs (mainly fruit and a more veg) to see if that would curb the nightly cravings but it hasn't really helped.
Any comments or suggestions on nutrition that would assist with this would be greatly appreciated guys. I really don't want to go down the path of supplements, i'd rather rectify this via food choices.
And any suggestions on possibilities of deficiencies that could be leading to this would be helpful.