So LCHF….. this is a tough one, as I said in the last blog energy was an issue. Throw in a very busy rugby schedule (7 games in 5 weeks) and it become an even bigger issue, my body has been calling out for carbs on a serious level. It’s been hard and to keep myself from getting malnourished or exhausted I have allowed myself slightly higher amount of carbs the days before I have a rugby match.
After what has now been 6 weeks on the LCHF regime I am now just 2 weeks away from the end. If I am being honest I can not say that I have enjoyed this diet, as a sportsman this has not been ideal, my recovery periods have taken longer, I struggle to wake up in the morning (normally an early bird), for the first 2 or 3 weeks I was living on coffee to get through the day and I don’t even like coffee that much, but it was fully needed.
In the way of the food i’ve been eating, I can’t really moan, it would just be nice to add some, form or bread (oh how I miss garlic bread), pasta or potato with it. Some of not all of the food is very tasty, it is pretty much the same as i would normally eat just minus the carbs. I even had a lovely piece of roast beef with cabbage, cauliflower puree and butter and thyme roasted carrots. I’ve had homemade pizza, with a cauliflower, egg and cheese base. Chocolate cake with almond flour and cocoa powder. My girlfriend has even chipped in with some great meals (though i think she had help from Jamie Oliver)
So I have lost a few more kilos and drop little more in all the other stats as well. Yes it’s good I have lost these but they really are not massive results and it’s not anything to different to what I could lose from my normal diet and training routine.
So 6 weeks in:
- Weight: 92.4kg
- Body fat: 18%
- Waist 82.5cm
- Belly: 90cm
Side effects! Ok so into the second to last week on this diet and it has taken a very bad turn. I have been extremely exhausted the first few days of the week then middle of the week I came down with a tummy virus and was not in good shape for 2 or 3 days. I feel this is down to the fact i was run down from not having the energy i need each day for my body to function properly. Also I have noticed that during my rugby matches that I have played within this period i have been doing the diet my performance has been well below par and this last weekend was the final straw for me. With just 1 week left to go i have had to give in on this diet and go back to my normal ways of eating and tracking my nutrients.
It is a shame that I haven’t managed to get to down to the targets required but for feeling the way I have been through this diet I personally don’t think it worth it. Overall i wouldn’t suggest this diet to anyone that isn’t extremely obese, even then id think hard about. If you are a sports person or train regularly i would 100% stay away from this type of diet it.
So for a score out of 10… the LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) gets a very low 2 out of 10. If you had any thoughts of doing this, please think long and hard before you make a choice and I hope my experiances help you with this choice. Next week I will post up some recipes that i did enjoy and are very good to for low carb options within a normal diet.