(I also placed this on the starMcdougaller's section as well)
I have been strictly and happily doing the Mcdougall plan for about 9 weeks and doing good overall with it and dropping weight at around 1.5 lbs a week. I do around 25 minutes of moderate running 5 days a week and do body weight exercises for muscle building. Things are changing and I'm even growing a nice amount of muscle on the plan. However, there have been a few times I have felt horrible. I figured maybe too few calories, so I have been pretty good about keeping them up to around 1800-2200 calories a day.
2 days ago, I had this feeling going on in my brain like I was super thirsty, but, it turns out that's NOT what I was. I kept drinking insane amounts of water and the feeling did not subside. It's hard to explain, but it was only in my brain I felt something was missing, my throat was not craving water, at all. After feeling so horrible I could not function and not knowing what was happening, I went to a buffet and I decided I would break the diet to just load up on TONS of calories including fat as a kind of possible "remedy". I probably ate, during that meal, around 2300 calories-plus and it was almost ALL fat. I had pizza, lasagna and even chicken and just gorged on it. Within 15 minutes, the crappy feeling was MUCH better. Within 75 minutes, it was totally gone. The next day I felt OUTSTANDING and today I do as well. I kept eating extra fat and it seemed that was supplying my brain with something I may have been missing. I just don't know. I love, love the Mcdougall plan but is it possible I need to up my fat intake a bit here? There is no denying it made a HUGE improvement. Also, I don't see how just eating more carbs would have helped since that day, I was eating TONS of starchy carbs..mostly huge bowls of oatmeal, dates and yams and it seemed to not help at all and in minutes I felt better after the fat intake.
Any feedback would be so appreciated.
Maybe your brain didn't need fat. Maybe it was just looking for a dopamine rush. You could have gotten some healthier dietary fat from walnuts or avocado, but you went to the buffet and ate pizza, lasagna and chicken. Par-tay! I think that's called the pleasure trap. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxf4kj8R ... re=related
I'm not going to tell you what to eat. That's your choice. I will say that if you choose to eat 16% fat starch-based diet and if those fats are coming from whole foods (walnuts, flaxseeds, avocado) you would still
be eating a better and far healthier diet than most Americans. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that 16% fat diet high in omega-3 is unhealthy because that just does not compute for me. Maybe it's better for you and easier to maintain than your 9% fat diet. I don't know. There are food guidelines, but I don't think there is a one-size-fits-all prescriptive mandate for macronutrient percentages. If there is, McDougall people don't follow it, because if they did there wouldn't be a range in percentages or averages given for macronutrient breakdown, which is what you'll find if you search. Anyway, if you follow Dr. McDougall's guidelines your carbohydrate percent will probably fall between 70 and 85. The higher the carb percent, the lower the fat and protein percents and vice versa. 16% fat is higher than 9% fat, but it's still a low-fat diet.