Lauren wrote: Javizy,
I honestly don’t like not eating any crabs at all. I don’t think it is the healthiest choice for a person with normal health. But for us it is. I am not saying the rest of the diet is great, it is! But I think crabs are good for a normal body.
You’re right. They’re the cleanest source of energy (it’s carbs from carbohydrates, by the way, not crabs lol), and “running” on fat long-term can be bad for your liver. On this diet, though, you can eat lots of vegetables and introduce the likes of buckwheat and oat bran in the early stages, so you’re still getting a certain amount of carbs, certainly more than Atkins and similar diets. By the time you’re eating dried beans, apples, tomatoes etc during stage 2, you’re getting more than enough.
sammmick wrote: I don’t think I have the fat reserves to totally cut carbs out.
And the 130 g thing was from my psychology professor.
Is this for optimal cognitive function or something? Is there a study on this? I’d be interested to read about it. Your body can still function fully on 0g, and certain races like the Inuit traditionally lived primarily on fats from marine life. We don’t need anything like what the government food pyramid suggests, but 100g or so sounds like a reasonable amount for someone without candida issues.
As for the reserves, you’re really aiming to get the energy from your diet rather than using what you’ve got stored. I’m almost 5 weeks in and I’ve been feeling pretty good this week. I was very slim to begin with, but as long as I get enough protein and fat I feel I have energy.
The problem is overcoming the first few weeks, which were pretty terrible. I made a sudden change from junk-bingeing to this strict regime, so I did myself no favours. If I were you, I’d cut out simple carbs completely and ween myself off caffeine, and gradually start changing my diet until I felt ready to start. Maybe when you have a holiday or a less intensive period of studying.