Tummy like a Banana

Me and my vertical sleeve

Low carbs suck

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So, since I am stalled on my weight loss for a while now, I am getting a little antsy. Chuck keeps telling me that I have no reason to worry, and that it will pick up again. My body has undergone major surgery and has lost a lot of weight so naturally it is trying to hold on to what it has. It is still very hard to comprehend – I eat the right things, I work out 6 days a week for at least 40 minutes, but nothing’s happening since January 22nd.

Don’t get me wrong, I can see it and I can see it well. We have a full-length mirror on the inside of the bathroom door, so every time I come from the bathroom, I have to walk up to a full length mirror and I have to look at myself. I can see how my hips are getting smaller, or more shapely. I can see how my neck and my shoulders get a little narrower and I no longer look like I could box for the championship in the heavy-weight category, but why the hell does the scale ignore all those effects right now?

So, I am on the desperate excursion to find something that can kick my weight loss back in motion, but there isn’t much I am not already doing anyway. The one thing I am not really doing is watch my carbohydrate intake. Don’t get me wrong, I am not eating white toast, candy, sugar cereal and cookies anyway – if I eat toast, it is whole grain, if I eat candy, it is Aldi’s No Sugar Added Fruit Snacks, if I eat cereal, it is Archer Farms® Cinnamon Start with Protein Cereal, if I eat cookies, I eat Ditty’s Traditional Oatcakes, but in general I am between 80 and 120g of carbohydrates every day. Many people for example on Vertical Sleeve Talk are talking about their carbs in the 30s, which seems ridiculously low to me. I don’t know how they count their carbs because if I am supposed to have 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day and fiber are carbohydrates, this is falling short somewhere. Short of gnawing on wooden sticks, even in a very pure form of fiber like Benefiber, I am getting 4g of carbohydrates for 3g of fiber. Now, that raised the question, what is low carb – how many carbohydrates can you eat that is considered a low carb diet. Another question is, how to deal with the so called “good carbohydrates” – I am supposed to eat 48g of whole grain per day, does that count as carbs? Partially?

Searching on Google, I found an interesting post on Mark’s Daily Apple, and while I don’t buy into the whole primal living deal – and he would probably rip my head off from having had weight loss surgery – I thought that was an interesting article. Here is a small part of it, so go read it afterward. He classifies carbs like this:

  • 0-50 grams/day – Ketosis and Accelerated Fat Burning
    Acceptable for a day or two of Intermittent Fasting towards aggressive weight loss efforts
  • 50-100 grams/day – Primal Sweet Spot for Effortless Weight Loss
    Minimizes insulin production and ramps up fat metabolism.
  • 100-150 grams/dayPrimal Blueprint Maintenance Range
    This range based on body weight and activity level.
  • 150-300 grams/day – Steady, Insidious Weight Gain
    Continued higher insulin-stimulating effect prevents efficient fat burning and contributes to widespread chronic disease conditions
  • 300 or more grams/day - Danger Zone!
    Easy to reach with the “normal” American diet [...] High risk of excess fat storage, inflammation, increased disease markers including Metabolic Syndrome or diabetes

Seems like I am OK in my carb intake between 50 and 150g, which is between weight loss and maintenance. Now, I am trying to enter my food into my log in the morning, to get a good estimate of where I am falling and to avoid having to make quick decisions about food that don’t turn out to be so great.

I am having Frikadellen (little German meatballs) for breakfast – I like a hearty breakfast. Morning snack will be my protein shake, and I will have some carrots, hummus and sunflower seeds for lunch (some Ready Snax pack I picked up at Meijer yesterday), I’ll have a low fat Stoneyfield yogurt and a small can of V8 juice as the afternoon snack and possibly some scrambled egg with smoked salmon for dinner. According to My Fitness Pal, that comes out to 893 calories, 75g of carbs, 85g of protein, and 17g of fiber (which is low, maybe I should sneak in another scoop of Benefiber somewhere). How in the world people can stay around 30g of carbs and not wreck their nutritional profile, I absolutely don’t know.

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