Im going to TRY to keep this short and sweet. Like me :) Im 23, 5'4" 135 pounds. Used to have severe adrenal fatigue/Hashimotos. Now its very mild adrenal fatigue, if any, and thyroid is normal with ARMOUR thyroid. Thanks to paleo, I've healed myself! I have been super low carb with out working out because of my adrenals, now Im moderate carb, between 80-100 Grams a day with lifting heavy twice a week, HIIT/circuit training one day a week and walking as much as possible, along with being a hairstylist that moves/walks most of the day.I intermittent fast twice a week and normally follow a 10/14 feeding schedule. (Eating between 8a-6p, some days 4p and fasting the rest) My carbs come from low sugar berries, apples and grapefruit. I eat grass fed meat, wild caught fish, pastured eggs, olive oil and coconut oil. No starchy carbs, No nuts, No dairy. I eat lots of non starchy veggies and a small amount of fruit in the morning or around work outs. Here is my question. I have had some days where I've had more fruit then others and a few splurges of dark chocolate/nuts. On the days that I eat a little more fruit/carbs, I feel SO much better and fuller longer then on the lower carb days. On the lower carb days I feel more tired, more hungry. Is it possible that I need more then 100 carbs a day? I am looking to loose fat and get some lean muscle. Has anyone experienced better fat loss with more carbs? Should I still stay away from starchy carbs for fat loss with my activity level? Would I benefit from a carb cycle?
Any help would be GREAT!
asked bySarah_22 (185)
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on April 26, 2012
at 02:13 PM
You're probably over analysing this... or not enough.
I like results, so in order to get the shortest feedback loop I'd go with the following - more fats. You're depleting your glycogen stores quite frequently through the intermittent fasts & physical activity. Give your body access to more energy stores. Maybe think about adding avocados, nuts (use as a garnish, not a meal), or more animal fats. I'd also consider taking the fasting down to once a week. There's a fine line between zeroing your gauges & knocking yourself into a fat-storing, starvation survival mode.
If you don't notice favorable results with this approach within a week - start tracking. What do your macronutrient percentages look like on the daily, and on the week.
Lastly, what are you consuming pre/post workout (if anything)? Consider an instant glucose source post workout. I'm personally a big fan of 30 grams of protein mixed with 330ml (a small carton) of 100% coconut water.
Keep us abreast of how you get on.