Well, I’m not a big fan of low-carb diets, mainly because it gives off the wrong message, that all carbs are bad.
when in reality most people (that are overweight), would go a long way to give up white bread, white sugar, etc, rather than thinking they can’t have brown rice, oatmeal or the like.
let’s not forget, potatoes and rice have been around forever, obesity is only a recent epidemic.
that being said, those that are overweight, would benefit from a reduced carb diet, most likely.
the answer always lies somewhere in the middle.[/quote]
I’m with you on this 100%.
I’m on the AD right now, and while it’s not bad, I’m not exactly amazed by the results so far either. I would say I switched to utilizing fat for energy really easily, and I don’t have any ketones in urine when I test for them. I have energy throughout the day, and I did go from 256 to about 246 this morning.
Now, THAT being said…I did lose strength in the gym, and that pisses me off a little bit. I could routinely deadlift over 600, now I think I would have put serious effort into pulling that weight.
I definitely look a little better now, with 2 inches off my waist, but here is the thing: I was fine before starting the AD. And I do miss eating fruit, oatmeal, etc during the week. AND, I believe in a greater anabolic effect in eating a good amount of carbs after a heavy workout. I think Chad W. recommends this in his test-boosting article. Eversince starting the AD, my workouts haven’t been what they used to be, and I blame the lack of post-workout carbs. I consume PLENTY of fat, steak is my favorite, and I’m not afraid to drink olive oil straight up. But I still think I need the post workout carbs, and I’m talking way more than 30grams. It’s not that I need them for energy, it’s just that my strength in the gym went down the toilet.
As others have pointed out, there are many ways to go about eating. AD is one of the most thoughtout diets, no doubt, but Dr. Hatfield, for instance, is not wrong either, when he recomments 3:2:1 ratios for carbs, protein, and fat. High glycemic index carbs are bad news no matter what, unless it’s post-workout.
As an alternative to the AD, one just simply has to not be retarded about eating carbs to be successful.