Friday, February 18, 2011

Running on a Low Carb diet

I was asked to summarize my experiment of running on a Low Carb Diet last fall. I only lasted one week, but my Running Diary should tell you all you need to know.

"Day One - got back from the club, weight training and weighted in on the scale. 208 lbs. This is like a four week high, ouch. I'm hoping some of this is from the weight you gain initially from weight training. If not, I could be in trouble.

Day Two - ran a slow 7 miler and weighed in 203.5. Okay, now I'm not so worried about yesterday's weigh in. I know this is after a run, and that yesterday may have been at a bad time of day, but I like Day Two vs. Day One.

I still am having trouble keeping up with Bonnie, but I did better than last Saturday when we did a six miler instead of a seven. But I know I'm no where near were I was earlier in the year, so the jury is still out.

Review of the diet. It's hard to be break old habits in the eating department. But one thing I can say about this diet is that I'm not hungry. I'm able to do a hard boiled egg and a piece of fruit and be satisfied. Don't know how long that will last but good so far.

They say you can lose mental acuity on a Low Carb diet. So far, I'm still winning my chess games and Words With Friends on the iPad. If that starts slipping, that will be my first indication.

Day Three - woke up and checked my urine with a Ketosis strip. Doesn't look like I've entered any Ketosis phase - still negative.

Again, did not wake up hungry. I thought maybe that the ketosis would kick in but as evidence in the ketosis strip test, that's a negatory. This was the first day that I actually got tempted by carbohydrates. I'm on a weekend and you figure what the heck?.

Weighed in at 204.5. I'm okay with increased weight though. My justification is that if I can under 208 ( the first day's weight) I'm doing better. I can do this if I should be able to keep going.

Day Four - okay, still not hungry but getting tired. Not for day-to-day things but for running. Don't know if I can keep this up but the weight loss is very encouraging. Down to 203 today.

Day Five - 201? I didn't run today and I weighed in at 201? I'll be at 170 in five weeks at this rate. Running? If I just want to do weight loss, this is the diet to use.

Day Six - Scale must've been off yesterday. I made it 3.5 miles and had to route my run back because of being tired. The weight showed 202 and there should be no way that I'm gaining weight. I don't have a carving for carbs like I thought I would but I don't have an appetite at all. Pretty amazing and scary at the same time.

Day Seven - I can't stay on this diet. Yes, I like the weight loss [even though there's that voice inside my head that keeps saying 'More than 2 lbs a week isn't good'.] But my urge for running is gone, too much energy needed.

Day Eight - gave up today. Added carbohydrates in the morning and ran an easy 3.5 miler in the afternoon. Low Carbs do work for losing weight but I can't count on training for any races if I stay on it for any amount of time. I truly believe that it probably works for some runners, but not for this one."

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