For about the first three months of this year, I was on a low-carb diet, mainly to see what would happen. Just to make it a little more interesting, I added a twist: I was specifically trying to eat as much fat as possible. It turns out it's a lot harder than you would think to meet your daily calorie requirements that way, and my diet ended up being very monotonous, but the fact that I was doing it as an experiment kept me motivated enough to be pretty damn strict. Unfortunately I didn't think to weigh myself at the start, but my weight got down to about 143, and I started wearing my belt a notch tighter than I had been.
I noticed several interesting things at the time. One is that I never got sleepy after eating. This was very noticeable to me since I'm so used to the after-lunch food coma feeling. I got a lot of headaches for a while, but they eventually went away. Apparently this has something to do with a low-carb diet making it harder to stay hydrated, but eventually you start naturally drinking enough to compensate. It probably didn't help that I was eating a ton more salt than before, just because a lot of the foods available to me were pretty salty. One thing I was on the lookout for that did not happen was constipation. I was eating a ton of meat and basically no fiber, so conventional wisdom says I should have been completely clogged, but I was fine.
Since I started my new job, I've gotten very sloppy about what I eat, mostly because I work too far from home now to run home for lunch, and because I've gotten in the habit of getting breakfast on the way to work instead of eating before I leave. I just checked, and my weight is up to 150! Also, food comas are back in a big way. They're not so bad now, but the first time I had a 6-inch sub for lunch it damn near put me to sleep.
Sadly, I didn't get my blood lipids checked until this week, so I'm sure the results will reflect my current diet much more than the experimental diet. I guess I'll have to repeat the experiment and do a better job collecting data. Aside from the pain-in-the-ass factor, I was very happy with my crazy diet.
- off the wagon