I have been following Paleo for a few months now over from Atkins. I am about to finish (3) separate 30 day challenges, Abs, Push-ups, and Squats that I've been doing in tandem. I was trying to figure out where to go from there to, at the very least, maintain my progress or better yet improve it. I wouldn't have considered a program like Insanity or P90X until now since I see that I have a little more in me than I thought so I'm up for the challenge.
I'm still overweight so I don't generally eat fruit, starchy veggies or even a ton of veggies (I'm battling mental issues transitioning from Atkins to Paleo... as in if I eat too many carbs, I won't lose weight, I feel guilty or depressed etc). Right now I'm in a summer class so starting P90X the right way is near impossible for me between 8 hrs work & 3 hrs class daily. So I'm thinking about starting slow next week. I would like to do it Fri, Sat, and Sun for a month (maybe an extra day if class is cancelled or something). So, finally, my question is if I'm only doing it 3x a week, can I just eat a half or a whole sweet potato or something on each of those workout days to get my carbs up there? I generally eat 30-40 carbs a day. I keep my carbs low so I can continue losing weight but I don't want the exercise to be counterproductive to my diet or vice versa.
If incorporating fruit or sweet potatoes on my workout days is the way to go, when should it be eaten....just before the workout, right after, or with breakfast, lunch or dinner? I probably will be working out around dinner time on fri, and early on Sat/Sun.
If you see any other holes in my plan here, please feel free to make suggestions! Thanks!
Sorry for being long winded... I'm fairly new at this.
Female, 5'4, 169lb, 32%bf
asked byJuls (10)
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on June 27, 2013
at 03:24 PM
I'm battling mental issues transitioning from Atkins to Paleo... as in if I eat too many carbs, I won't lose weight, I feel guilty or depressed etc.
This is the most important thing you have to become healthy about. Physical fitness and weight stabilization will happen over time, even a long time, if one follows a healthy lifestyle. But worry and stress are hurting you right now. So, chill out. :-)
Now, regarding eating for Insanity of P90x, if I were you, I would decide immediately if you want to remain LC or VLC. Personally, I prefer not-LC, but that's up to you. There are a plethora of dense, carbohydrate roots, tubers, vegetables, and fruits that can fulfill your access to immmediate energy requirements for an active lifestyle and paleo diet, but following a middle ground, or anxiously worrying if you've had "too many carbs" is not going to help.
Frankly, since your sensing that you need carbohydrates, I would eschew LC all together, and eat a paleo-inspired diet - lower in crap carbs than the SAD, but not necessarily "low carb" (~30g).
Regarding when to eat dense carbohydrates, I would suggest eating them at least 12 hours before your demanding physical activity - most likely the night before, if you exercise in the morning. You'll want to have maximum glycogen distributed to your liver and muscles. You will not want to switch to fat-burning mid-workout -- this is what is called "hitting the wall" -- and it's not fun. Much better to be burning your glycogen steadily or remain a fat burner for the duration of exercise if it's less than or equal to 1 hour or so, in my humble opinion (longer duration exercise has other considerations).