I'm hoping some experienced folk who've tried many different low-carb
approaches can help me.
I'm trying to customize a low-carb plan for myself that will minimize my
side-effects and maximize my low-carb benefits.
I have classic carb-addiction and I love the appetite suppression
I get from a low-carb diet. The problem is that if I do a
true low-carb diet, it gives me the side effect of being unable to
sleep. Yes, I've tried drinking tons and TONS of water. After a
few days without sleep, I'm too sick and miserable to continue,
and I refuse to push myself beyond that point (4.5 days max).
I'm pretty sure I can't cut my carbs out completely. If I add a bit
more carb to my diet, like drinking milk in place of all my cheeses,
then the insomnia decreases enough to be acceptable, although
the appetite suppression decreases too.
One of my main questions is, should I add tiny amounts of carbs
throughout the day, or just in the evening, or some combination?
For a long time I've added bits throughout the day. I feel hungry
all the time, like I'm on a traditional diet, except I lose weight a
bit faster than a traditional high-carb diet, so maybe that's the
I'm not content with this compromise in part because there's no
exit strategy I can think of. When I'm done losing and need to
work on maintenance, what would I eat? I can't live the rest of
my life feeling hungry all the time. Small bits of carbs all day
will leave me hungry all day, no matter how much meat and
cheese I add. The will-power won't last forever. Any ideas?
I've recently tried adding a burst of carbs in the evening and
sticking to zero-carb at other times. It's basically the Carbohydrate
Addicts' Diet. Anybody out there ever done it?
I'm sleeping soundly when the post-carb hunger hits, so that's fine.
The problem is, my body now expects ALL meals to have a
burst of carbs in them. I get low-blood-sugar shortly after
Breakfast and Lunch (non-carb meals) and I suddenly feel really
exhausted and hungry and miserable, like too exhausted to drive
a car safely, but it only lasts about 60 minutes. When the sleepy
fit is over, I'm myself again and not feeling the cravings.
My question about this is DO YOU THINK MY BODY WILL LEARN
WHICH TIME OF DAY TO EXPECT CARBS? Is it possible to "train"
my body to stop making insulin for breakfast and lunch only,
and then to secrete it for dinner only? Is it possible that my
body will learn to quit over-reacting to breakfast and lunch,
even if I'm stimulating it at dinner?
If this approach would improve with time, I'll keep trying. Otherwise
I think I should look for a different diet.