- All foods must be strict Paleo(No grains, legumes, or dairy)
- No processed food of any type(Nut butters, flours, etc.)
- Coconut and olive oil are allowed
- Micronutrient values will be based off of a 2000 calorie diet
- I will get at least 120g of carbohydrate per day, hopefully more
- I will get at least 30g of fiber, but strive for much more
- Any alcohol will follow Paleo constraints and be 2 servings or less
The reason I am not restricting or setting macronutrient levels is because it has been hypothesized that appetite is dictated not only by a need for energy but also a need for micronutrients. In the case of obesity, while obese people tend to appear to be well nourished, oftentimes they have one or multiple nutritional deficiencies. I generally have a very hearty appetite, it will be interesting to see what happens with that appetite when eating around 2000 calories and getting 100% of the of the RDA of all of the essential micronutrients. I won't be a stickler for hitting that 2000 calorie number, I may eat a little more or a little less but the micronutrient numbers will be 100% based on a 2000 calorie diet. It will be interesting to see what happens to my physique over that time.
For physical activity, I will stick to my general recommendations and get at least 10,000 steps per day and strength train for 30-45 minutes, 3 times per week. Most of this training is glycolytic in nature which is why I will try to get at least 120g of carbohydrate per day. I will take before and after pictures as well as follow my sleep pattern with my fitbit. I will also post general feelings about appetite/energy levels and potentially changes in blood glucose levels. While I am not trying to change body composition or weight, I know people care about that stuff so I will post bodyfat and change in weight along with the pictures.
I look forward to this experiment. My intention is to do this first one for 2 weeks to see what can be accomplished in a short period of time. If things go well, I may run it again after a short wash out period and have a blood lipid panel/particle size test done before and after a 4 week run of the diet. While I won't be posting the meal plans, I will most likely post some of the recipes along with the micro- and macronutrient values of those meals. This all begins in one week, it should be interesting.