I have sort of a love/hate relationship with low-carb diets.
...well, except for the "love" part.
I know plenty of people feel great on them, have lots of energy, etc., etc., on low-carb diets. I just don't happen
to be one of them. Which is too bad, because I personally still feel they're worth doing from time-to-time, even
if it does mean a lot of time spent feeling tired and "heavy," some goodly stretches of feeling just plain yucky,
having to fight against reduced endurance and strength, and a reduced ability to recover from exercise.
I figure it's like training for a few weeks with sandbags strapped to your arms and legs--or like training at altitude,
which is a popular thing out here: cyclists and Olympic athletes come out here to train at high altitude so they'll
be able to perform even better when they go back to sea level with all that extra air.
| ...this way you're free to imagine that my hands are doing whatever you'd want them to... |
But it's not without its drawbacks (some of which I just mentioned up there). Besides the whole tired-and-nauseated bit,
you've probably heard before that you'll lose ten or more pounds of water right off the bat. That's a big part of its
popularity--you see quick results on the scale right away. You haven't really lost much fat at that point, but
most people don't care, they just like to see the scale moving. If you're a bodybuilder, however, you do care, since
most of that water is draining out of your muscles as you exhaust your supply of intramuscular glycogen,
and every gram of that which you store in your muscles carries with it four grams of water. That actually makes up a
good portion of the size of your muscles. If you're not a bodybuilder, you may never notice, because you're not losing
actual contractile tissue and all that sort of stuff, so you're really just losing a whole lot more muscle size and shape.
I've been on low-carb for a bit and I'm tired of it, but I've still got a little longer to go on this phase of my diet and
training schedule. I miss having biceps, though. Makes my t-shirts fit funny.
Granted, I got the urge to snap a "how I'm doing" pic tonight while I was doing dips, incline benches, and shoulder raises,
so maybe I'd look a little better in this pose if I'd been doing lat pulldown and curls, but that's for tomorrow
Or maybe not; I don't really get
a "pump" on lowcarb; mostly I just get sore.
BTW, you might have guessed from this picture that I'm using my camera remote with the extra-long cord. While it's
certainly easier for me to use than the self-timer for satisfying a sudden late-night photo urge, you still run the risk
of looking silly because you're taking a picture of yourself with a rather unsubtle camera remote control in your hand.
...but by cleverly framing the shot so that my hands are placed beyond the edge of the picture, you don't see the remote at all. In fact,
this way you're free to imagine that my hands are doing whatever you'd want them to.
er, um...yeah. Maybe this wasn't as great an idea as I'd thought.
That settles it. I'll just have to master the art of operating remote controls with my toes. I'm sure
this will have benefits in many areas of life, most of which I haven't actually thought of yet.
This time around, my favorite lowcarb food discovery is this "Walden Farms 'No Carbs' Sugar-Free Ranch Dressing." (Seen here
starring in the bowl of cole slaw that I finished eating about four paragraphs back.)
It's got three
huge advantages: 1) it really has zero carbs (instead of being made of vinegar and corn syrup like most salad dressings),
2) it's relatively low in fat (4.5 grams per serving), and 3) it tastes remarkably good.
I should point out, however, that nothing tastes quite the same off low-carb as on, so a lot of things that are knock-your-socks-off
tasty when you haven't even gotten to first base with a bagel in three weeks drop to barely palatable once you've renewed your
relationship with Cheerios.
Walden Farms Sugar-Free Ranch Dressing does have an equal share of disadvantages, however: 1) I've only been able to find it at a "Super Target,"
2) it's a bit on the pricey side, and 3) it tastes remarkably good. On any flavor of diet, it's a challenge to
find things that are allowed and also tasty--but not so tasty that they induce a manic feeding frenzy that
results in your eating twice the calories worth of "diet food" that you would have eaten in regular food...and
spending four times as much to do it, because diet food is always more expensive and comes in smaller
At least I figure that anything with cabbage as the principal ingredient is fairly safe. I don't think I got
too wild with my apres-workout coleslaw, at least not in the overeating department. I can't afford
to, anyway: tomorrow it's supposed to turn from today's eighty-degree sunshine into rain and possibly
even snow. That's going to mess up any plans I had for going biking, so I'll have to come up with some
other way to get my blood pumping.
But I think I'll go to bed first.
Hey! I could even start practicing my operating-remote-controls-with-my-toes skills while I'm falling
asleep. Guess I'd better go pick out a remote that doesn't have any sharp corners. G'night!