Does anyone do a Low Carb diet?

#1
I'm trying to cut weight for Harrogate as I'm a bit bulky from 2 years of weight training and what not, but I'd like to lose some fat with it to, so does anyone know of a good low carb diet plan or whatever I could possibly follow to lose some weight?

Cheers
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#2
I dont like low carb diets, as I believe you need an even balance of carbs/proteins/fats and lots of water, especially for military training.

If this is the path your looking to go down however, then google Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD). Its basically a zero carb diet, the forces your liver to deplete glycogen stores and you litterally use bodyfat to fuel your activities. Obviously the more you do (ie running, cycling, weights) the more energy you expend and the more fat you burn!! Bodybuilders sometimes use this diet to cut up.

One thing - dont do it for too long!! Theres no substitute for a healthy balanced diet and increasing your phys if you want to shed some weight. Calories used should exceed calories consumed. Simples!
 
#3
I dont like low carb diets, as I believe you need an even balance of carbs/proteins/fats and lots of water, especially for military training.

If this is the path your looking to go down however, then google Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD). Its basically a zero carb diet, the forces your liver to deplete glycogen stores and you litterally use bodyfat to fuel your activities. Obviously the more you do (ie running, cycling, weights) the more energy you expend and the more fat you burn!! Bodybuilders sometimes use this diet to cut up.

One thing - dont do it for too long!! Theres no substitute for a healthy balanced diet and increasing your phys if you want to shed some weight. Calories used should exceed calories consumed. Simples!
I used to do a lot of bodybuilding, not contest stuff ofc, but just general, I was deep into it, never cut though so I'm a bit chubby atm, all that rice and chicken haha.

I know of Ketosis and I just bought ketone strips last night, so I think I am going to give it a go, I've planned a menu out aswell, just hopefully I don't turn into an arse when I ain't eating carbs like in the past.

Cheers.
 
#4
I used to do a lot of bodybuilding, not contest stuff ofc, but just general, I was deep into it, never cut though so I'm a bit chubby atm, all that rice and chicken haha.

I know of Ketosis and I just bought ketone strips last night, so I think I am going to give it a go, I've planned a menu out aswell, just hopefully I don't turn into an arse when I ain't eating carbs like in the past.

Cheers.
Either way, you WILL feel like shit for a good few weeks until your body adapts.

Phys will be interesting during that time.
 
#5
Either way, you WILL feel like shit for a good few weeks until your body adapts.

Phys will be interesting during that time.
By interesting you mean, solid ******* work haha.

Yeah I'll give it a go anyway, see how I feel after about 2 weeks.

Need 8 pound to lose before I'm accepted.
I wish they didn't judge by BMI.
 
#6
I just had a slight change of plan, considering I'm 17 in febuary, I think it might be best that I concentrate on my running and losing weight slowly until then instead of trying to rush it all now.

Would this be a better plan? ?

Keeping a balanced diet to still lose weight until February?

thanks.
 
#7
Either way, you WILL feel like shit for a good few weeks until your body adapts.

Phys will be interesting during that time.
I was 'fatigued' for about 5 days- a week when i tried it, then my energy levels went back to normal. After that didnt notice much of a decrease in energy/stamina/endurance when in the gym or running at a steady pace, but did notice a difference when thrashing the fitness and/or sprinting.

Like I said, its okay for short term but I preffer a balanced diet and hard phys personally.
 
#8
Yeah mate - a better plan IMO. Fcuk if you eat sensible, drink lots of water and thrash the phys you should drop 8lbs in no time.

BTW when I went through 'Selection' my BMI was way too high. It wasnt till I stripped off for the Doc and he seen I lifted weights that he okayed it
 
#9
Yeah mate - a better plan IMO. Fcuk if you eat sensible, drink lots of water and thrash the phys you should drop 8lbs in no time.

BTW when I went through 'Selection' my BMI was way too high. It wasnt till I stripped off for the Doc and he seen I lifted weights that he okayed it
Ah fair dos.

I think I might just hit up the weights again now and get a bit more cut haha, just eat high protein and reduce my carbs slightly I think, just make it enough to get through on.

Did you do pushups and that before your selection or just weights man?
 
#10
I was 'fatigued' for about 5 days- a week when i tried it, then my energy levels went back to normal. After that didnt notice much of a decrease in energy/stamina/endurance when in the gym or running at a steady pace, but did notice a difference when thrashing the fitness and/or sprinting.

Like I said, its okay for short term but I preffer a balanced diet and hard phys personally.
I'm heavy for my height, but was a dab hand at the boxing and muay thai. Couldn't consider cutting down on the carbs as a 2 hour session is basically 2 hours of HIIT work.
That and I like the pies.
 
#11
Ah fair dos.

I think I might just hit up the weights again now and get a bit more cut haha, just eat high protein and reduce my carbs slightly I think, just make it enough to get through on.

Did you do pushups and that before your selection or just weights man?
Just knock the volume down on the weights and continue with the endurance work.
At my most gym going time, I was in there 3 times a week, which with a good program is enough.
Personally like the 5/3/1 method as you can adjust the volume easily through the accessory work and there is a easy progression with deload sessions buit in.
 
#12
In short (due to following text wall) yes... but I would not recommend it when trying to gain muscle mass or doing high end exercise as your body will be starved. This should only be used to slim down.

That said, I tried it for 3 solid weeks and maintained a cardio program with light weights and not 2kg in that time and suffered not adverse reaction/side effects - in fact, bot my aerobic and anaerobic performance increased measurably and I felt generally better. I stopped the program as I had a pre-adsc in the works and wasn't willing to risk anything but also due to my job and shopping habbits here in france, the prep/maintenance time was taking over.. and im a lazy git :p

The following is a copypasta from the Author Tim Ferriss' blog.


How to Lose 20 lbs. of Fat in 30 Days… Without Doing Any Exercise 3,475 Comments

Written by Tim Ferriss Topics: Physical Performance, The 4-Hour Body, Uncategorized
Fat Loss via Better Science and Simplicity

It is possible to lose 20 lbs. of bodyfat in 30 days by optimizing any of three factors: exercise, diet, or drug/supplement regimen. I’ve seen the elite implementation of all three in working with professional athletes. In this post, we’ll explore what I refer to as the “slow-carb diet”.

In the last six weeks, I have cut from about 180 lbs. to 165 lbs., while adding about 10 lbs. of muscle, which means I’ve lost about 25 lbs. of fat. This is the only diet besides the rather extreme Cyclical Ketogenic Diet ](CKD) that has produced veins across my abdomen, which is the last place I lose fat (damn you, Scandinavian genetics). Here are the four simple rules I followed…

Rule #1: Avoid “white” carbohydrates

Avoid any carbohydrate that is — or can be — white. The following foods are thus prohibited, except for within 1.5 hours of finishing a resistance-training workout of at least 20 minutes in length: bread, rice, cereal, potatoes, pasta, and fried food with breading. If you avoid eating anything white, you’ll be safe.

Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again

The most successful dieters, regardless of whether their goal is muscle gain or fat loss, eat the same few meals over and over again. Mix and match, constructing each meal with one from each of the three following groups:

Proteins:
Egg whites with one whole egg for flavor
Chicken breast or thigh
Grass-fed organic beef
Pork

Legumes:
Lentils
Black beans
Pinto beans

Vegetables:
Spinach
Asparagus
Peas
Mixed vegetables

Eat as much as you like of the above food items. Just remember: keep it simple. Pick three or four meals and repeat them. Almost all restaurants can give you a salad or vegetables in place of french fries or potatoes. Surprisingly, I have found Mexican food, swapping out rice for vegetables, to be one of the cuisines most conducive to the “slow carb” diet.

Most people who go on “low” carbohydrate diets complain of low energy and quit, not because such diets can’t work, but because they consume insufficient calories. A 1/2 cup of rice is 300 calories, whereas a 1/2 cup of spinach is 15 calories! Vegetables are not calorically dense, so it is critical that you add legumes for caloric load.

Some athletes eat 6-8x per day to break up caloric load and avoid fat gain. I think this is ridiculously inconvenient. I eat 4x per day:

10am – breakfast
1pm – lunch
5pm – smaller second lunch
7:30-9pm – sports training
10pm – dinner
12am – glass of wine and Discovery Channel before bed

Here are some of my meals that recur again and again:

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Scrambled Eggology pourable egg whites with one whole egg, black beans, and microwaved mixed vegetables
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Grass-fed organic beef, pinto beans, mixed vegetables, and extra guacamole (Mexican restaurant)
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Grass-fed organic beef (from Trader Joe’s), lentils, and mixed vegetables
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Post-workout pizza with extra chicken, cilantro, pineapple, garlic, sundried tomotoes, bell peppers, and red onions

Rule #3: Don’t drink calories

Drink massive quantities of water and as much unsweetened iced tea, tea, diet sodas, coffee (without white cream), or other no-calorie/low-calorie beverages as you like. Do not drink milk, normal soft drinks, or fruit juice. I’m a wine fanatic and have at least one glass of wine each evening, which I believe actually aids sports recovery and fat-loss. Recent research into resveratrol supports this.

Rule #4: Take one day off per week

I recommend Saturdays as your “Dieters Gone Wild” day. I am allowed to eat whatever I want on Saturdays, and I go out of my way to eat ice cream, Snickers, Take 5, and all of my other vices in excess. I make myself a little sick and don’t want to look at any of it for the rest of the week. Paradoxically, dramatically spiking caloric intake in this way once per week increases fat loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate (thyroid function, etc.) doesn’t downregulate from extended caloric restriction. That’s right: eating pure crap can help you lose fat. Welcome to Utopia.
 
#13
Before I joined up in 1998, I reduced my weight from 120 kg to 95kg in 3 months.
Over the last 5 years, my weight had again risen to over 110 kg but within the last 4 months I've returned back to a healthy 91 kg.
How? Ditching the car and cycling to and from work, and cutting out dairy products. But mostly, reducing calorific intake.
 

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