Hello, I have been eating high-fat low-carb "paleo-esque" for many years. My carbs are usually 60-80g per day. My carbs are mostly from 3/4 cup of starch (potatoes or pasta) each day, and a handful of dried fruit. I don't really eat "vegetables." Mostly I eat herbs and greens which have virtually no carbs, so I can eat lots of them. The rest of my food is protein (about 80g) and animal fat. My diet is calculated to the homo optimus macro-nutrient ratio of 1 part protein to 3 parts fat to 0.8 part carb.*
Your carb target is low compared to a typical American diet, so you may have trouble adapting at first. It took me about a year to adapt. Now I have the opposite problem: desserts, sugars, and starch meals make me ill.
50 grams may be too low. I was eating very low carb but the ketosis phasing was unpleasant and I didn't feel satisfied from my meals.
Two tips that I've found are: expect to eat a lot less food, make small meals. Also eat what you like. When I was eating very low carb (<50g/day) I had a hard time getting enough fat in my meals and hated the piles of vegetables on my plate. With my daily alottment of starch I can pile on the fat - macaroni with cheese, egg yolk, and butter or potatoes with marrow and lard - and it tastes great. I don't feel like I'm "on a diet" or deprived in any way. I prefer fruit over vegetables although that is frowned upon in the low-carb community. However, my opinion is that a small serving (1 small piece) of fruit each day has healthy vitamins and will not harm the body. It's pleasant to eat and very satisfying, I think, and it seems counterintuitive that a small amount of fruit is not part of the natural human diet. It's better, I think, to include natural foods that are pleasant and satisfying and stick to a diet for years than to deprive yourself, be miserable, and fail to maintain your health.
My weight is stable at 125 pounds; I'm 5'6" and in my mid-40s. I'm fairly active but not athletic.
I hope that you've been able to lose the weight as you you were planning. Most important, I hope that you have transitioned to a healthy lifestyle and feel great about your life!
*The Homo Optimus ratio is measured in grams. I have Dr K's book, and he measures the ratio in grams. However, I wasn't able to maintain his recommendation. I found that it was too high in fat and too low in carbs for me to feel well. I eat more protein than he recommends and less fat. What is interesting is that the diet that I feel best with conforms to his ratio in terms of calories/percentages: 20% of my diet is protein, 60% fat, and 16% carbohydrate. Just wanted to be clear on that in case anyone wants to investigate the Homo Optimus diet as Dr K prescribes.
Edited by PumaBearclan - 12/27/12 at 7:11am