I've eaten a reasonably low fat vegan diet since 1990. I've never been what anyone would call thin but not terribly overweight either. I usually carry 10 extra pounds. I'm currently more like 15-20 over my ideal weight. I'm 57 years old, 5'3", weight 145 and have a small frame. I've had my percent body fat measured professionally and it's 28% which is considered average but not great. I'm a consistent exerciser doing 30 minutes on elliptical 6 days a week and lifting weights 3 days a week. I also take yoga classes twice a week. In the summer months my husband and I ride a tandem bicycle and we've trained for and completed some fairly arduous events over the last several years, such as riding 200 miles in one day and riding 155 miles around Mt. Rainier with 10,000 feet of elevation gain. In August after cycling through the French Alps for 2 weeks we were hit by a car while cycling locally. I broke my arm and couldn't exercise at all for a number of weeks. That really slowed down my metabolism, hence the additional weight gain.
I'm interested in lowering my percent body fat and being stronger and leaner for cycling and for long term health. I currently eat 1500 calories a day with 60% coming from carbs and 20% coming from both protein and fat. I KNOW what the McD plan is but have never actually felt the need to follow it. I did send my Mom to the residential program years ago and she has been vegan ever since. I've had a vegetarian MD and fitness coach both recommend the 20-60-20. When I first went in for evaluation several years ago I was eating close to the McD plan and the tests showed my body didn't know how to burn fat at all because all I ever fed it was carbohydrates. That's when I started adding a little more protein and fat to my diet.
I just read John's newsletter article from a year ago Vol4-#4: Soy – Food, Wonder Drug, or Poison? http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2005nl/april/050400pusoy.htm
I'm TOTALLY freaked out. I eat a LOT of processed soy, fake meats, protein bars and shakes in addition to a lot of fruits, veggies and grains and legumes. I'm not sure it's possible to maintain the 20-60-20 ratio and eliminate all the processed soy. I'm sure I could go on the McD plan and eliminate it. But I'm not sure, given all the input I've had, if the plan is right for me. I realize I'm talking to the choir here so I'm going to get a slanted response. But I want to know your experiences if you're as active as I am. And where are you getting even 15% of your calories from protein without eating processed soy?
I welcome your comments.
Sheila in Seattle