I kept with my experiment for almost the time I said I would.
But I am abandoning it a couple of days short. I know this is lame, but I took it to the point that it pissed me off and I don’t really care that I’m giving up.
I have discovered that getting my carbs from fruit and vegetable sources alone is not an efficient way for me to train.
Over the last several weeks, my strength didn’t go up - it actually went down in some areas. My body composition has worsened.
I just didn’t feel like myself either.
I felt like something was lacking.
As I said in a recent post, when I worked out the weights felt heavier.
My bones felt hollow under weight. I could feel my strength leaking away with each rep.
For the most part, I could keep pretty close to the weights I was able to hit a few weeks back, but doing that was a huge challenge. And staying close to where I was is not the goal. I want to keep moving forward.
Each session felt like I was dragging my feet through mud - barely making a set, then needing to recover for several minutes before I could take my next set. I definitely did not see any progress, but did notice a drop in some lifts - especially the squat.
It wasn’t until deadlifting yesterday, when I couldn’t even budge a weight off the ground (a weight that had become routine for me over the last few months), that I knew this was doing me no good. I decided right then that I was done with my low starch diet.
I would have loved to have found that this way of eating could support training the same way a diet containing starchy sources does, but that is certainly not the case for me.
I DO NOT recommend eating this way for anyone with the goal of building muscle, and especially anyone prioritizing gaining strength.
For me, it’s back to lots of rice and oats!