Well. Everyone is different.
I'll tell you what has been working for me. (and what hasn't)
I started the Clean Eating team about 4 years ago. Part of the Clean Eating philosiphy is to eat 5-6 small meals per day. That's when my trouble began. I had to exercise like crazy to keep the weight off that I had already lost (50 pounds). Then this last year or so the weight started creeping back on. Gained it all back. Nothing seemed to work. Carb cutting. Nothing. I tried paleo and primal as well. Although I was still eating those 5-6 meals per day.
So, I had been tracking EVERYTHING i ate and did for the last 4 years so I was able to look back and figure things out (in a nutshell).
I had purchased a book a couple of years ago and this last month I have been using it as a total lifestyle change.
The Warrior Diet. Eating one huge meal per day. My calories and carbs total the same as they used to except I eat 80% of them at one meal. I actually prefer to eat this way and I'm not nearly as hungry during the day as I was afraid I was going to be.
I get up, and workout on an empty stomach. I nibble on a bit of raw fruit and veggies during the day as well as protein like eggs and whey protein shakes. My total calories during the day are about 300-400. Then I eat a huge meal at night. About 1000 - 1200 calories.
I lost 8 pounds the first week. I had to add calories back in for fear that I was losing too quickly. I have been doing this for about 3 weeks and I'm down 12 pounds.
The idea behind the Warrior Diet is that eating 5-6 meals per day actually causes the body's metabolism to be lazy. That people weren't really meant to eat this way. That man was actually made to eat one large meal per day.
If you think about it.... once upon a time, man would get up and start out the day looking to shoot some game to eat. They would maybe wander around and pick some berries. They might have a small amount of dried meat with them from the night before. Then they would kill something, take it back to their village and have a feast.
For me, I think that those "mini meals" actually caused my insulin restance since I have never enjoyed a diet with processed foods or simple carbs. There is just no reason for me to have gained 50 pounds this year (I've done P90X 3 times and consider myself very fit)
So. That's my story...
| current weight: 175.0