I've been following the 80-10-10 diet for the past seven days. I'm pleasantly surprised with the results. I feel really good, have more energy for my workouts (even putting in 2 a days), and am feeling full. I had to force myself to take a rest day today. By refining my eating habits even more, I managed to push through some meat cravings and come out on the other side (for now).
There have been a couple of days where I've added a bit more fat or a bit more protein than recommended because I am still pretty new to these protein/fat/carb ratios. I am feeling things out and figuring out the amounts- like about how much fat is 10% and that a little bit goes a long way. I didn't realize just how much fat I had been eating! Wowzers. Holy avocado, nuts, and seeds bitches!
In terms of digestion, I'm feeling much, much better. I am getting more than enough to eat. Experts on this way of eating encourage you to count calories- only to make sure you are eating enough- and bunk the idea of overeating. This idea really hit me. As someone who has been known to overeat on occasion (daily), I really respond well to this idea of inclusion as opposed to exclusion. A lot of my overeating behaviors revolve around rebellion. It sucks to try to limit calories and count this and that. I just get a case of the fuck its and eat a whole pint of coconut milk ice cream. It isn't that I need to eat an entire pint to feel full or satisfied or like I had a treat, but I like to give diets a big eF you to keep the balance of power in check.
I'm pretty happy with my weight right now, but I wouldn't cry if I dropped 5 pounds either. Before trying 80-10-10, I have been able to maintain my weight and muscle mass, but I haven't been dropping pounds or body fat. Over the past 7 days, I've lost 2 pounds pretty effortlessly and even lost a little body fat. By effortlessly, I mean eating upwards of 7 bananas (I love bananas!) in a day and my calories are up around 2,300. Before, trying to lose weight (even on high raw vegan) meant a lot of restriction (1500 calories a day and lots of work outs). It is such a difference going to the cronometer and seeing that I still have 1,000 calories alloted for the day!
I'm still a little concerned about variety and maintaining my energy levels/muscle mass long term, but so far 80-10-10 is working out pretty well. On to week 2!!!!