I have been so disciplined when it comes to eating since starting Spark 7-8 months ago. I only recall having a couple small binges. One was when I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and ate about 3 more than should of. Around Hallowe'en I recall eating a couple more chocolate than I planned and around Christmas I kept eating 3-6 a night for a few nights of these small peanut butter cookies with a rosette in the middle my mother in law sent home, that I hadn't planned on eating. So nothing major really. They were more just unplanned and I like to plan everything I eat. I don't believe I even exceeded my Spark range or barely.
Well the last couple weeks I decided to change my macronutrients. I read a few things about eating based on your body type and more for curiousity's sake I thought I'd give it a go. I lean toward being a mesomorph and we're suppose to do best on the Zone Diet macronutrient breakdown. 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat. I normally eat between 45%-55% carbs, 30% protein and 20-25% fat. So I didn't feel like it was too much of a stretch and decided to give it a go.
For the last few weeks my muscles have all felt tired and like jello. I thought I it was because I started a new workout routine. I've also felt sluggish and depressed but I thought that was because the winter is dragging on and I'm feeling stir crazy. Now I'm not so sure...
The last couple of days I've had two major binges. Where I pigged on these homemade oat/peanut butter crackers, homemade oat/peanut/raisin/walnut granola bars, popcorn, homemade black bean brownies and homemade PB&J muffins. All foods that are high in carbs/fibre. Yesterday I ate 4 of the granola bars, a bunch of the crackers, popcorn and PB&J muffin in one sitting!!! Right after I finished my salmon salad. Then I had two black bean brownies after dinner. I was racking my brain all last night to figure out why all of a sudden I am so out of control.
The weird thing is; I woke up today slightly lighter on the scale, my muscles felt back to normal for the first time in weeks and I was full of energy. I had a super charged workout. So could it be that eating this lowerish carb diet caused the binging, as if my body was telling me I need more fibre? Does that make any sense? I was still getting a decent amount of fibre on 40% carbs but probably a bit less than I'm used to.
I was about to start carb cycling at 30% 3 days and then 1 refeed day at 50% but now I'm not so sure what I should do. I'm trying to lean up before a period of bulking to gain some muscle. Will the refeed day be enough to keep me energized? Or should I just return to my normal 45-50% carbs, 30% protein and 20-25% fat breakdown?
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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