Low-Carb Insulin

posted by : Jon Kroupa on 08/28/2011
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I once again decided to suffer through a low-carb diet. A friend at work gave me this diet, it is supposed to adjust insulin levels in the body to normal and provide weight loss.

The Diet:

The diet is as follows:

First 1.5 days - only protein (eggs, bacon, chicken, pork, beef, etc).

Next 1.5 days - previous + green vegetables (except peas)

Next 1 day - previous + berries

Next 1 day - previous + other non-citrus fruits

Next 1 day - previous + whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat bread)

Last 1 day - previous + dairy

The Experience:

I was excited to be eating anything other than cabbage soup, but the meat can wear thin pretty fast. As usual on a low-carb diet I was low on energy all week. I ate a lot of food but I was never satisfied.

The Result:

The cabbage soup diet is more like a purge diet, I suspect my digestive track was completely empty by week's end. As expected I gained back some weight as soon as I started eating normal food again. Unpected was that I only gained back 1.5 pounds, I thought it would be at least 2-3 pounds.

I haven't exercised nearly as much in August as I did in July, for instance I went from jogging 30 miles a week to jogging less than 10. I believe that if I had kept up my rigorous exercise I could have realized better gains. Next week I am going to try to get back into a big exercise week to see how much that impacts my next diet plan.

Earlier in the year I was doing a low carb diet on the first day of an Aikido class I teach at a local community college. I was extremely low on energy, and I taught what I consider to be my worst class ever. I decided it was an extreme disservice to my students that I allowed that to happen, and that the quality of their instruction shouldn't depend on whatever diet I happen to be on any particular week. As it turns out I happened to be doing another low-carb diet for the first week of the fall semester, so Thursday I had a pulled pork sandwich (with bun) and some other things to get a few carbs back into my system. This helped me to feel comfortable teaching Friday without being completely exhausted.

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