6

votes

Feeling better on more Carbs

Answered on January 04, 2015
Created January 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Hi all. I started eating mostly paleo about 2 years ago. After lots of tinkering and re learning, I???ve figured out that I personally feel much better on more carbs. Not high carbs but probably around 150-250 grams per day. Fitday macro about 30% Carbs. I???ve listened to all of the Paleo Solution podcasts and although Rob has said that some people run better on more carbs he hasn???t really said too much on the topic. When my carbs go to low I have difficulty sleeping, and I don???t recover as well after workouts. Also my anxiety seems to go up. Just wondering if anyone else has a similar situation. Feeling better on more carbs? Am I an outlier? Thanks everyone.

94577e0344bb1671288ccee96083baf2

(363)

on January 30, 2011
at 09:02 PM

Thanks for the comment. I totally agree. "Paleo is not low Carb" -so true! but this message sometimes gets lost with all the low carb paleos out there. I'm def not against VLCarb paleo's it just doesn't work for me. I found myself searching for a solution and eliminating certain foods, eating more fat before i finally just upped my carb intake and like magic felt lots better.

94577e0344bb1671288ccee96083baf2

(363)

on January 30, 2011
at 08:56 PM

Doris, Yes i feel the same way. I also have the Perfect Health Diet book and have just began to use white rice (although soaked) and fermented dairy.

  • 94577e0344bb1671288ccee96083baf2

    asked by

    (363)
  • Views
    5.7K
  • Last Activity
    1143D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

9 Answers

12
Fd504de9b242f4cd7009db70af5e2121

(558)

on January 29, 2011
at 03:25 PM

yes.consider that much health advice is aimed to overweight or immune compromised people.I'm skinny and eat as many Paleo carbs as I like.Paleo is not low carb

94577e0344bb1671288ccee96083baf2

(363)

on January 30, 2011
at 09:02 PM

Thanks for the comment. I totally agree. "Paleo is not low Carb" -so true! but this message sometimes gets lost with all the low carb paleos out there. I'm def not against VLCarb paleo's it just doesn't work for me. I found myself searching for a solution and eliminating certain foods, eating more fat before i finally just upped my carb intake and like magic felt lots better.

5
239c765fa12bf9fa6b7a7bc0686e019d

on January 29, 2011
at 04:02 PM

Everybody, realise that there is no 'exact' perfect combination of prot/carb/fat... what you read and hear about are guidelines only... each human body is different... experiment with the 'guidelines' and find what is best for your body

2
0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on January 29, 2011
at 04:21 PM

I've had the great pleasure of losing weight and eating delicious fat: homemade yoghurt made with fermented cream, kerrygold butter, fatty meats (chuck roasts, lamb, port shoulder etc.) Eating much less fruit has helped a lot. I am down to berries, 1/2 grapefruit, bananas, not every one each day or even one a day. Now I am at my goal weight: 135 lbs. Height 5'7". 68 yrs. old. My only problem had been constipation. Adding in small daily starches either potato or rice has been very helpful. I learned about the starches from Paul Jaminet at Perfect Health Diet. This morning I had some of my husband's slow cooked grits seasoned with butter and cheese. Very yummy. I eat vegetables because I like them, but am not a slave to them. Increasing carbs a wee bit has been very good to me.

94577e0344bb1671288ccee96083baf2

(363)

on January 30, 2011
at 08:56 PM

Doris, Yes i feel the same way. I also have the Perfect Health Diet book and have just began to use white rice (although soaked) and fermented dairy.

2
6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on January 29, 2011
at 04:12 PM

If your workout in crossfit like then it is very glycolitically demanding and you would need more carb to refill liver and muscle glycogen. I completely feel the same way you do when running low carb. I try to go low carb on rest days only but make sure I get a good amount the night before a WOD.

2
0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on January 29, 2011
at 03:56 PM

I also started increasing Carbs lately, to at least 150 grams, which I am guessing is still low by normal standards. The main reason I began adding carbs is because I am losing way to much weight. I was never overweight to begin with, and went low carb just to fix my gut. Increasing my fat never helped me gain one single pound.

2
95c2219003f2a74c5f5a74feac603172

on January 29, 2011
at 03:18 PM

I haven't figured the exact percentages, but I can say from my own tinkering that If I'm omitting starch and eating very little fruit, then I notice my recovery suffer. Don't have the problems sleeping or anything else, but the recovery is definitely harder. So far the best I've done felt is when making sure I'm eating at least 3 or 4 servings of fruit along with the usual meat / veg / nuts. This week I'm going to play around with sweet potatoes post workout, and see how I feel. That seems to help some people. I'd say about 30% carbs would be a good estimate of about where I feel good. So long as they aren't from grains or legumes.

1
072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on January 29, 2011
at 07:38 PM

I can only echo the other responses in that, as a person who works out quite often, I do better with more carbs. Higher amounts of fat usually will upset my stomach (gotta be real careful with coconut products, easy to overdo it). Sweet potatoes don't digest that well for me for some reason, so I have been turning to more squashes PWO right now (acorn, spaghetti, butternut, pumpkin) and feeling really good. After two years of tinkering with your diet, only you will know what works best for yourself.

0
F967782d66eb710045a0d0102cdfb390

on January 04, 2015
at 07:47 PM

Good observation. Entirely too many people are still in denial about the need for carbohydrates. I was a sucker for low carb pseudoscience at one point in my life too. Until I completely broke. Want to hear something interesting? I've been doing 400-500G of good carbs everyday for the last week. Never felt better. Broke through fat loss plateaus, and am sleeping much better. It's very simple: Low carb can help metabolically deranged people while following the protocol temporarily. May even help semi healthy people reset blood sugar functionality. But the ultimate (and more healthy) way to lose weight, is to induce a high functional metabolic rate. Please eat carbs. A lot of carbs. Just because one can take carbs out of the equation and lose weight, does not mean that's the strategy to live by. As I said, I'm 400-500 Grams of carbs everyday right now, and haven't felt this good in.. hmm, 1.5 years. That spans the time I decided to experiment with low carb protocols, until now. Does this mean high carb is the best for energy, metabolic function, and sleep? Maybe not. It just may mean high carb is a great repair mechanism for months or years of low carb protocols. Eventually, I see an ideal landing place at 200-350 Grams of carbs each day. Perhaps more on intense workout days. Perhaps a little less, on other days. -- Eh. End of rant. Fed up with low carb paleo promoters. Likely one of the worst eating protocols out there. 

-3
D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

(421)

on January 29, 2011
at 08:59 PM

I would try zero-carb (meat and fat only) for a couple of weeks just to experiment.

My guess is once you are fully adapted to a VLC diet and effeciently burning fat for energy, you will: (1) sleep like a baby and (2) recover from exercise like a twenty-something.

I tried this myself. Although it took a while for my body to get off the carb treadmill, I am now convinced that animal fat is the preferred energy source hands-down, and plant-carbs are quite simply not essential for good health.

Here's a good website for more info about zero-carb... link text

F967782d66eb710045a0d0102cdfb390

on January 04, 2015
at 07:40 PM

No. Do not try zero carb. May work for a while. Eventually, endocrine system, hormonal function, and energy will break. Disasterous consequences follow, for most people. 

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!