I have several thoughts as well as I'm dealing with the same process of finding out if I can lose a few more pounds. And I realized quite a while ago (but keep forgetting at times) that I only want to lose body fat, but want to gain muscle.
So with that in mind, this is what seems to work for me:
I cut out almost all sugar AND SUGAR SUBSTITUTES. I still have small amounts of dark chocolate (1/2 oz. of 85% dark) or a few chocolate-covered almonds and a little fruit (half an apple or some berries). This puts my carb levels around 30 grams. I also eat a lot more than you do, about 2000 calories, about 80% fat, 5% carbs and about 80 grams of protein. I'm 5'7" and 49 years old, so adjust for your height and weight.
The fat fast did not help me lose body fat, only weight so I won't try that again but it might work well for people who are stuck at higher levels.
At my last check at doctor's office my weight was up 3 lbs. but my lean muscle mass increased by 2 lbs., water weight increased by 2 lbs. and body fat % went down from 23 to 22%, all over the course of about 6 weeks. The water gain was a positive, not a negative, because I increased my salt consumption to where I don't get muscle cramps any more.
So I would say ignore the weight on the scales, increase your calories to where your body can actually grow muscle and watch the fat (slowly) go down. If your calories or your protein are too low your body needs to cannibalize muscle in one place to use the protein in another.
Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 2/22/2013 (11:43)
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