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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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