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3/21/13 2:26 P

I have to agree with Becky. If you're getting results - why change?

There are books out there about every kind of way you "should" eat. For your body type, for your blood type, for your personality type, in the Zone, low carb, high fat, low fat, the S diet, and so on and so on and so on.

MOST of them have no relevance at all to scientific studies showing what actually WORKS. They're fads.

If you were doing something that works, don't stop it to try a fad.

3/21/13 1:17 P

If your initial distribution of carbs, fat and protein was giving you results, you were feeling good, able to dedicate intensity to your workouts...and those ranges were also a healthy blend for an adult.....then why would you feel a need to change???

SP Dietitian Becky

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3/21/13 12:54 P

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?

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