I've been training martial arts since I was a child and recently in MMA for the past 4 years and had deliberately pushed my weight up to 100kgs to wrestle big guys, but had sustained impingement & a torn meniscus. So after I had my knee operation, I decided to drop from light heavyweight to a middleweight. I stopped lifting heavy and incorporated circuits of my own design in my home gym. I expanded my core strength exercises and started kcal counting (e.g. if you want to weight 80kgs, eat what an 80kg guy should eat).
I was attempting to drop 1lb a week from my 93kg frame whilst maintaining my muscle mass. I'd already been checked for CKD (as my muscle mass for my age showed that I had excessive creatinine within my blood, after many tests it turned out I was too fit & muscular for my age).
I ended dropping my weight quickly and then decided to tune it a little further. I'd started at 93kgs and 16% body fat. My skeletal muscle was at 39%, I feared I would lose muscle on the way, so then I increased my protein & fat intake reducing my carbs further. Now I sit at 41.5% skeletal muscle. I'm 80kgs (my body wants to go lower, but I'm trying to keep it between 80-82kgs). I'm 11.5% fat.
I'm stronger and faster then before, if I eat certain carbs I find I sweat and feel ill. Some things I'm still able to tolerate. Basically I'm trying to follow the primal concepts now to improve further. I've removed sodas from my diet, I've tried to remove most drinks other then water. I still enjoy some beers and wine, but now I find I get a hangover (never used to) and cannot drink as much. In my diet, my fat intake is now about 40%, my protein is 32% and my carbs at 28%.
Dropping diet Dr Pepper Z....
What advice (if any) would you give to someone interested in trying a carbohydrate-restricted or paleo diet? Were there any obstacles that you overcame that could help future dieters?
Reduce first, then drop. Don't eat out whilst you're learning about yourself. Agree with yourself you don't need the item first. Remove things as you feel comfortable. Then decide if you're missing them or not. Is it habit or is it a desire.