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Learning to live with the feeling of glycogen stores..

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM

This may seem like a strange one...but I am wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar.

So i was Very Low Carb for a long time. And i loved it, it kept me lean it was way less complicated and kept my blood sugar stable. Basically no fruit, no sugar no alcohol only green veg, meat, eggs etc...

However for me it lead to a reclusive state. As soon as this was brought to my attention i made some changes and started to be more social which for me jusdt had to involve carbs. Some alcohol here and there, once in a while gelato with a close girlfriend, a quick apple on the go..things like that.

The results have been pretty displeasing. I have a life now, a much better social life and far more fun. However it has lead to some pretty bad cravings/binges etc..

Ok all of that said, so i decided to try and go back and see if I could maintain a life and go out and be social while still being low carb...and when i cut carbs for a few days did some depletion workouts and burned my glycogen stores, I cannot describe how happy i felt and confident, it was like all the bloating heavy feeling went away.

So here is my question after that long-winded story :

I much prefer the feeling of havin very little muscle glycogen in my body. I feel lean and light psychologically speaking. And i truly feel uncomfortable and sort of bloated feeling if i've had fruit/any sugar any alcohol... How can I learn to like the feeling of having this in my system ? Has anyone felt such a difference between the two states?

Thanks in advance!

Also, i guess an option wouldbe to cycle...so weekdays under 50g carbs and feel sort of light and weekends have some carbs?

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on October 01, 2012
at 03:59 PM

I think I understand what you are saying exactly. Fasted exercise seems to give me the best of both worlds. Burns off all the glycogen, gives me hours in the fat-burning state, makes me feel amazing and cheerful, lean and light psychologically.

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on October 01, 2012
at 02:39 AM

great answer! I try to stay away from the social situations where there are tons of carbs/booze. If I consume certain things my mood swings and brain fog is so debilitating. It's not worth it and so few people understand my situation, it gets embarrassing having to explain it, too. I'd rather just keep it to myself and feel good (while being all alone! lol) I try to arrange physical activity and if we do go out I stick to tea, meat, veg and sometimes red wine.

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on October 01, 2012
at 01:21 AM

@foreveryoung, it revolves around interaction. we talk, we play and enjoy each other. we camp, walk the city streets (last night was Nuit Blanche), lift weights, go to festivals (Burning Man was awesome) and sometimes we meet at bars/pubs where i enjoy a club soda unless i indulge in a glass of wine or a beer. i don't usually order food aside from veggie sticks because most pubs serve foods below the quality i would eat. i very rarely make social plans that involve restaurants.

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on October 01, 2012
at 12:47 AM

@ sage- what does your social life revolve around? If you don't go out to eat or drink with friends, what do you do? You can't really make friends in a movie theater, as discourse is naturally limited.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on September 30, 2012
at 11:58 PM

i dont think it entirely revolves around food..but alcohol and food are a big part of the social circles i run in i would say..i live in NYC also maybe that is a factor. We don't really go over to eachother's houses, its more like meeting in cafes restaurants etc.

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on September 30, 2012
at 11:05 PM

I'm with you on this. I'm looking forward to the answers!

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on September 30, 2012
at 11:04 PM

OH, i am soooo glad to hear that! I thought I was a lunatic!

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on October 01, 2012
at 12:26 AM

I am in the same boat. I am right now in the process of getting back to a fat-adapted metabolism by eschewing grains, sugars, fruit, etc. and focusing on fat, salt, and protein. I was doing this for awhile but let some things slip in thinking maybe I was to a point where I could have a margin of error. But that didn't work for me, I just didn't feel my best. And now that I'm getting on track -- it is amazing what this way of eating does to my skin, not just on my face, but my whole body, it's as if someone airbrushes my entire frame! I love it.

I was like you and tried to find some sort of happy compromise -- I have an amazing gelato place down the street from where I live, and tons of great indy, counterculture but carb-centric cafes and restaurants near where I work -- taking a break with my co-workers usually involves patronizing nearby eateries which is where it can be challenging to stay the course.

However, now that I'm getting back to my preferred way of eating after unsuccessfully trying to find a happy medium, I realize that there is no happy medium.

It's do or die.

I don't mean to be a debbie downer, but I think somehow, someway we have to be willing to stand apart and be different -- not just in thought but in action to.

I usually carry around an insulated lunch tote with me when I go to work and graduate school. It will typically have a pint of grass-fed Strauss cream, a zip-loc of salami and cheese and a mini container of walnuts. Sometimes a bar of pemmican is thrown in from US Wellness.

I just accept I am going to have to create this food microclimate for myself and someday maybe this won't be an issue anymore and cafes and restaurants will start being weighted more towards offering fats and protein versus muffins and hipster lattes.

I guess I wasn't much help but I wanted to offer my support -- I totally empathize...

7002d23c632d6b3dc0c5b2a6cf1ac3c0

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on October 01, 2012
at 02:39 AM

great answer! I try to stay away from the social situations where there are tons of carbs/booze. If I consume certain things my mood swings and brain fog is so debilitating. It's not worth it and so few people understand my situation, it gets embarrassing having to explain it, too. I'd rather just keep it to myself and feel good (while being all alone! lol) I try to arrange physical activity and if we do go out I stick to tea, meat, veg and sometimes red wine.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on September 30, 2012
at 11:54 PM

why does your social life revolve around food? perhaps i don't understand.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

(871)

on September 30, 2012
at 11:58 PM

i dont think it entirely revolves around food..but alcohol and food are a big part of the social circles i run in i would say..i live in NYC also maybe that is a factor. We don't really go over to eachother's houses, its more like meeting in cafes restaurants etc.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on October 01, 2012
at 01:21 AM

@foreveryoung, it revolves around interaction. we talk, we play and enjoy each other. we camp, walk the city streets (last night was Nuit Blanche), lift weights, go to festivals (Burning Man was awesome) and sometimes we meet at bars/pubs where i enjoy a club soda unless i indulge in a glass of wine or a beer. i don't usually order food aside from veggie sticks because most pubs serve foods below the quality i would eat. i very rarely make social plans that involve restaurants.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on October 01, 2012
at 12:47 AM

@ sage- what does your social life revolve around? If you don't go out to eat or drink with friends, what do you do? You can't really make friends in a movie theater, as discourse is naturally limited.

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on September 30, 2012
at 11:01 PM

why don't you just do what makes you feel good. i know personally i do much better when my glycogen stores are topped off but if it makes you feel like cow dung then don't do it....if you want to learn to like the feeling eat more carbs,like many people who first go on low carb and get the low carb flu you may be having the low sugar flu. just gradually increase your carb intake and im sure your body will adapt.

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on September 30, 2012
at 10:57 PM

i hope this gets answered as i have very similar experiences

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on September 30, 2012
at 11:04 PM

OH, i am soooo glad to hear that! I thought I was a lunatic!

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