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Low(er) carb?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I always thought low carb diet is not for me.
I love bread, oatmeal, rice, pasta, and naturally tend to eat on the high end of my carbs range, and on the low end of my protein and fat range.

Now about a week ago one morning I didn't feel like eating the usual oatmeal.
Somehow it was not satisfying anymore, I felt hungry 2-2.5 hours after breakfast.
I wanted bacon and eggs, so that's my standard breakfast now and it keeps me satisfied for almost 4 hours,plus I'm hardly hungry at all during the day.
Needless to say, I found myself on the high end of fat and low end of carbs, but I'm eating about 150-200 calories less.

My oatmeal with oranges and flaxseed is 440 calories (74 g carbs, 11 g fat, 18 g protein).
Two slices of bacon and two eggs with two ounces of bread is 484 calories (30 g carbs, 28 g fat, 29 g protein).
So calories are not that much higher, and volume of food is actually less, so I'm quite surprised how much better bacon and eggs block hunger.

Another change: I returned to tracking calories burnt on the Fitness Tracker, and reset my Nutrition Tracker to SP recommended maintenance range.
Assuming I burn 2600 calories a week (I always do more than that), my range is be 1720-2100 calories - that is practically same as the 1800-2000 calories I figured based on trial and error.
I was interested in macronutrient ranges - well, the recommended ranges are much wider then the values I set for myself manually.
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  • MARKATSPARK
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    158 days ago
  • COMPUCATHY
    It surprises me when I eat what I deem as a "healthy breakfast" and am finding myself hungry a few hours later. Sounds like you are cracking the code on that one. Thanks for the insights! Thanks for the encouragement! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1438 days ago
  • FITFORMYFAMILY
    I really like what brewmasterbill said!
    1444 days ago
  • WILLITWORK1
    Morning, Kriszta,

    I've found the same thing with the higher protein, fats breakfast lasting longer. Many times I'm at work and it is after 1, and I'm not particularly hungry.

    On the flip side, if I grab a piece of fruit for breakfast I'm famished in less than 2 hours.

    I haven't really been counting my carbs to answer an earlier question from you. Just totally staying away from dense sugars (like desserts) most breads, crackers,potatoes, pasta, etc. I'm not torching myself if I choose to enjoy them occasionally. Have certainly noticed that sweets taste much sweeter if I'm not eating them regularly.

    Here's to continuing down paths to health. You are an inspiration!
    1444 days ago
  • GETSTRONGRRR
    I started the same experiment about 5-6 months ago and have been amazed at how lowering my carbs has curbed and stabilized my appetite. I no longer feel ravenously hungry.

    try reading a book called "Why we get fat" by Gary Taubes.....it was an eye-opener for me
    1445 days ago
  • BREWMASTERBILL
    Protein and fat generally have higher satiety than carbs, especially simple carbs. The trick is not to pigeon hole yourself into the religion of diet. Find meals that work for you and don't wear it like a badge. Sounds like you're already doing that. Smart.
    1445 days ago
  • ZINKA21
    before i started on my journey, i was very close to being diabetic. i had hard hypoglycemic crashes whenever whatever crappy food i had eaten wore off.

    I've been low carb for 2+ years now, and haven't had those roller coaster blood sugar spikes since. I feel full for way longer, don't have the bloating i used to, and just generally have more energy.

    How are you FEELING other than not as hungry? What is your energy level? What is your mood?

    Low carb can be hard to maintain over the long haul, but it's worth it! Good luck!!
    1445 days ago
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