I weighed myself this morning, and I’m down from 121.5 lbs on day 1 (3 days ago) to 119.5 lbs today, and lost a quarter inch off my waist! And the shocking thing is I have definitely been eating the same or more calories (and WAY more volume of food) over the last 3 days than I was before, and exercised slightly less than usual thanks to my rest day. I’m sure plenty of that change is water weight, but the weird thing is I usually gain a pound or two the day after lifting weights (and I lifted last night)… but instead my body decided to not only not gain weight, but to actually lose it after upping my carbs for some reason. Have I mentioned how great carbs are?
And now, mini rant time about low carb diets (I almost never rant here but here we go):
It’s always annoying to me when people claim carbs are horrible because they make them bloated or magically cause them to gain weight instantly, because the only way this could happen is if they weren’t having enough carbs before! To me, it’s equivalent to someone going on a “low-water” diet, losing weight through dehydration and being sick (aka ketosis), and then blaming water for weight gain when they start drinking it again. Here’s why: the “bloating” that carbs cause in dieters/low-carbers is merely the refilling of emptied glycogen stores (which bind to water, hence the weight change), which were never real lost weight to begin with. I’m convinced that the whole reason low carb is popular is because it results in fake weight loss and instant gratification through the glycogen loss that happens in the first few days, and then punishes you with weight gain for going back to a more normal, carby diet–so people are forced to stay on it if they want to keep their results. (I have studies to back this up!)
When I have my occasional high fat days, on the other hand, there are no repercussions!
(And the reason I care at all is because low carb diets kill even more animals than the standard american diet…)
Macros: 80% carbs, 11% protein, 9% fat (almost an 80/10/10 sort of day)
Exercise: walked for 35 minutes, ran for 30 minutes
- Banana chocolate oat smoothie
- Pulled BBQ carrot burger with baked yukon gold fries
- Peach ginger green tea
Snack before running:
- Orange-mango juice
- 2.5 black bean brownie bites
- Roasted cauliflower with buffalo sauce
- Sweet potato wedges dipped in cinnamon sugar
- Chocolate banana smoothie
Calories: 1980 | Calories burned: 1800 (from Fitbit HR data)
(Everything is made by me unless otherwise specified–feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )
Thanks for reading!