Ok, just done my last carb load!
I-d just like to take some time to explain what I have learnt from this diet. I-ve eaten healthily for many years now..only whole grains, lots of seeds, nuts veggies etc. I always thought that it was the starchy carbs which made me feel full..however, after 2 weeks on the UD2 diet, i realized that as long as i added fat to my food, I didn't get particularly hungry.
During the first week i ate around 1,300 kcal and was literally starving ALL the time> I actually drempt about eating!
During the second week i had read more about the UD2 and decided to add more fat to my food as everyone was saying how it helps curb your appetite. It was difficult for me to actually add a tablespoon of oil to my food because I had always learned that it was very fattening and too much fat, even healthy fat was bad for you.
However, the more I read, the more interesting it became. recent studies have shown that people who get a large percentage of their calories from fat actually live longer! It-s sugar which screws up your heart and not fat!
Anyway, to cut a long story short..as I noticed that adding more fat to my food actually did help with hunger, i became more confident and actually found myself pouring a tablespoon of coconut oil into my smoothie! During the last week of the diet, I got my calories down really low and didn't really get very hungry at all! In fact, I have to say that i discovered that i was LESS hungry on my low calorie vegetable smoothie, loaded with fat, than I am with my regular breakfasts of wholemeal toast or oats. I used to eat about 3 times during the morning because I was SO hungry, but when i ate more fat, i didn't feel hungry even once and was actually eating far less total calories!
It was rather worrying for me when I analyzed my diet and realized that most of my calories came from fat, but i think this concern is just from the years of brainwashing I-ve had about how low fat diets are good for you. I-m starting to believe its all crap.
I'm also starting to think that the reason I never look 'hard' enough is because of the amount of carbs i have being eating to satisfy my hunger. I-ve been talking to a lot of BB on different forums about this and the ones who have hard bodies all year round, and not just when competing, consume most of their calories in the form of fat and protein.
So..I-m going to drop most starchy carbs from my diet and get carbs from other sources, especially pulses. I-m also going to eat less fruit and get my vitamins and minerals from eating more leafy vegetables and nutrient dense foods. I-ve been eating a LOT of fruit and I really don't like what I-m reading about the effects of so much sugar in the diet.
Its going to be hard for me on a long term basis because i-ve always based my meals around carbs i.e. pasta with something, rice with something, couscous with something, quinoa with something etc..I-m going to have to re/think my whole way of eating!
Really I-m down to a very healthy weight now and only have 14% body fat so I should look harder than I do! It must be down to diet!
Anyway, I-ll let you know how i get on..I want to look hard!!
But in the meantime, any of you trying out the UD2, or any other low calorie diet should really bear in mind what i have said about fat cutting hunger..fat is going to be your biggest friend! Dont forget that the MCT-s in coconut oil have a protective effect on muscles and sesame oil does too to some extent.
Also, if anyone wants a list of the recipes i did use on this diet I-d be happy to give info..although there isn't a great selection. The most useful things i discovered to eat were TVP and coconut cream for breakfast, gazpacho..which is a traditional spanish drink made of tomatoes, peppers, garlic and oil, salmorejo de asparagus, and mashed cauliflower. Most of the other stuff I ate revolved around green veggies, and protein was from seitan, tofu the occasional nut and my hemp and pea protein crackers.