Eliminate starch/sugar based carbs?

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    Apr 01, 2009 11:57 PM GMT
    Howdy.
    I'm currently at a healthy weight and since I've started working out with my gym buddy, we've both put on a good amount of muscle. I watch my diet carefully and I have taken a few good pointers from RJ on my diet and workout regimen.

    Now I'm on a new kick. What I'd like to do is reduce my body fat percentage. My legs are pretty lean, my torso and arms are lean'ish (definitely not jiggly, but not cut either). My present diet consists of lean meats/poultry, low fat, moderate carbohydrate intake (whole grains and sugars), and lots of VEGGIES. I love veggies. :-D

    I was wondering if cutting out or drastically reducing grain and starch based carbs (breads, cereal, potatoes, rice, etc.) and adopting a diet of meats, fats, and veggies only would be good in trying to reduce my body fat percentage. Also, any other pointers one might have would be great!

    Thanks guys!
  • Richbehr

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    Apr 02, 2009 3:29 AM GMT
    Since having gastric by pass surgery I don't eat bread rice or pasta. Those are the main carb sources, so I think by eliminating them from your diet, you will loose.
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    Apr 02, 2009 4:33 AM GMT
    DO HIIT. Carbs are fine, and, in fact, necessary for any real level of performance.
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    Apr 02, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
    Mammals and many animals in general, are supposed to eat carbohydrates. We have been doing so for thousands of years.

    High-fiber foods are actually extremely good for you. Every morning I eat Fiber One cereal. It is also very good for your colon (and helps clean you out if you are a bottom icon_eek.gif ).

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    Excess carbs is not good. Excess fat is not good. Excess Oxygen is not good. Basically anything in excess is not good... in general. Moderation. Moderation. Moderation.

    And no sugar substitutes or diet soda... it's better to drink regular soda.
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    Apr 02, 2009 5:14 AM GMT
    Eliminate all processed carbs and processed sugar and you will get lean. It is called the cave man diet. it the is the way natured intended for us to eat. Lean is natural. You don't really have to work at it.

    http://www.filipinovegetarianrecipe.com/nutrition_articles_0001/the_paleolithic_diet_should_we_eat_like_our_cave_man_ancestors.htm
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    Apr 02, 2009 5:14 AM GMT
    What cjcscuba1984 said. You really do need some simple carbohydrates to fuel your metabolism properly. Yes, not eating them will help you lose weight, but it's really not necessary to do that if you eat in moderation.

    One thing though, I'll amend his last statement to say, just don't drink soda. There's some debate as to whether it's actually bad for your bones, but why risk it? Plus, it's definitely bad for your teeth. Drink water and help keep your pearly whites in good shape until you're old. Speaking of teeth, if you do drink soda or even fruit-juice, you should always rinse with/drink some water afterward to remove the sugar from the surface of your teeth and reduce bacterial growth.

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    Apr 02, 2009 5:17 AM GMT
    Google "Palumbo Diet"...I did it for about 2.5 months and it worked wonders.
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    Apr 02, 2009 5:20 AM GMT
    skifan08 saidWhat cjcscuba1984 said. You really do need some simple carbohydrates to fuel your metabolism properly. Yes, not eating them will help you lose weight, but it's really not necessary to do that if you eat in moderation.

    One thing though, I'll amend his last statement to say, just don't drink soda. There's some debate as to whether it's actually bad for your bones, but why risk it? Plus, it's definitely bad for your teeth. Drink water and help keep your pearly whites in good shape until you're old. Speaking of teeth, if you do drink soda or even fruit-juice, you should always rinse with/drink some water afterward to remove the sugar from the surface of your teeth and reduce bacterial growth.



    HAHA well ya... of course don't drink soda. icon_biggrin.gif But if you absolutely can't live without it and will die a horrible death from explosive diarrehea without it icon_eek.gif--drink regular instead of diet. I haven't had soda myself in years.
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    Apr 02, 2009 5:29 AM GMT
    cjcscuba1984 said

    HAHA well ya... of course don't drink soda. icon_biggrin.gif But if you absolutely can't live without it and will die a horrible death from explosive diarrehea without it icon_eek.gif--drink regular instead of diet. I haven't had soda myself in years.



    HAHAHA! Sorry, I don't know why explosive diarrhea is so funny at 1:30 in the morning...
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    Apr 02, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    Google "Specific Carbohydrate Diet.". That's what I do. It's more of a medical diet than one for weight loss, but since I've been on it, I've dropped tons of body fat and have way more energy than ever before. It has very positively impacted my mood as well. Carbs are allowed, but they must be simple sugars only (ie: fruit, honey) and some vegetables are not allowed. It's done wonders for my gut issues and is used to treat IBS, IBD, Crohns, etc. Similar to the Paleodiet (ie: caveman diet) but a bit less restrictive.

    Check out:
    www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info

    For anyone with stomach issues, I strongly suggest reading the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle". Check Amazon.
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    Apr 02, 2009 1:49 PM GMT
    You need to separate carbs into the good and the bad. Carbs are necessary to provide energy especially when exercising. Good carbs are closer to nature. Bad carbs tend to man made and consist of the processed foods. Avoid the bad and consume the good

    Good Carbs
    Fruits
    Vegetables
    Beans
    Legumes
    Nuts
    Seeds
    Whole grain breads
    Whole grain cereals
    Whole grain pastas

    Bad Carbs: candy, baked goods with refined white flour, white pastas, and sodas
  • Timbales

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    Apr 02, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
    consider limiting your carbs to non-gluten and non-sugar carbs and only eating them in the earlier meals of the day
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    Apr 03, 2009 6:28 PM GMT
    Thanks for the support guys!
    I'm on Day 3 of this diet and honestly, it's not as hard as I thought it would be.
    The results are actually immediate. Minor, but still, immediate and very noticeable! I'm sure staying on it will yield further results!

    I did lots of research on this type of diet as well. Apparently since our bodies are in this "historic" mode, the introduction of massive amounts of carbohydrate availability in our human societies has been very bad to the health of our general population. The availability of energy is good, but it's the wrong kind of energy.

    I've actually noticed a change in my allergic behavior too. I have an allergy based on an unknown culprit, and for some reason, since starting this diet, the allergy has somehow "calmed" or "seceded", if you will. I have a general idea as to why, based on some of the things i read. But that is a SWEET BONUS of this diet!

    I'd recommend it for anyone. Give it a shot!
    Again, thanks guys :-D