Back to basics...
First few months on SCD were really successful- tweaked when needed but have now definitely come to a standstill (stalling for around 6 weeks.) I know I haven't been as strict as I could have over these last couple of weeks- allowing small amounts of cheese and macadamia nuts to up fat content. I have been trying to mix up SCD with keto and am now at the point where it no longer works and don't know whether to omit one for the other? My calorie intake has always been around 1300kcal on SCD ad drink at least 5 litres of water and take PAGG.
I am really on my last few pounds bf 16% but I genuinely can't commit to the timings of the last mile. Any advice on what to do next? Suggestions of strict meals for one diet or the other?
Thankyou in advance!
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The opposite eating schedule of "last mile" is also an effective strategy towards fat loss: intermittent fasting. Consider switching to a 16/8 or 14/10 fast/eating window for a week or two. It really takes the guesswork out of meal times, works wonders for hunger/appetite control and regulation, and reduces the probability of snacking and/or cheating.
As far as keto vs. SCD: Both are effective in their own ways. My interpretations, for what its worth, are that SCD emphasizes leaner meats, while allowing beans. While on SCD, your body will run on carbs with some cross-over into running on stored body fat converted to ketones when the carbs are used up. Keto emphasizes fattier meats, while significantly restricting carbs. While in keto, you will have very few dietary carbs to supply your body with energy, so you will be preferentially running on dietary and stored body fat converted to ketones.
I would say you should follow the one that better suits your life, and pallet. Pallet is easy to interpret, as it is just whether you prefer beans/lentils and leaner meats, or just veggies and fattier meats. As far as lifestyle goes, SCD still has some carb allotment, so I'd recommend following that over keto if you have a more active life. Keto is great as long as your life never pushes you harder than the body's fat burning rate.
Echoing, Jake, yes please post sample meals and your exercise activities.
General suggestions: Up protein a bit and lower legume content to maybe 1/2 cup of legumes per day. Also, perhaps what your body may need is more of a shock to its system. Try to eat as many (but not a lot) leptin producing foods perhaps more than you usually do on your Cheat Day. What do you do on your Cheat Days food-wise? Perhaps, you are not upping your calories or eating enough leptin producing foods to "kick start" your body in the past few weeks?
More information would be appreciated though!