Sounds like it should be a new low-carb breakfast cereal...
Anyways, over the last 5 years, I've been getting regular blood tests. For the most part, everything has been stable except for my resting glucose. Six months ago, it was 103 (between 100 and 130 is considered pre-diabetic), and my most recent test came back at 107. Over the last year, I've probably put on 20lbs (on 1/15/12 I was 211lbs.) All my lifts have been going up gradually so I was willing to overlook the weight gain until I saw my resting glucose numbers.
So, just after X-mas I start doing a ****-ton of research and come to the conclusion that I have some intolerance for carbs. First, my weight really started to ramp higher 9 months ago when I stopped eating bacon, sausage, ham, and eggs for breakfast every morning (for health reasons), and started eating subway sandwiches. Keeping my calories constant, I gained 15 lbs in 9 months (go ahead and reread that if you need to....I've kept track of everything I've eaten as well as macros for a year now). Next, high carbs give me a headache soon after eating. I don't have a sweet tooth, I don't eat desserts for this very reason.
I came across some literature advocating Keto diets for the reversal of prediabetes (as well as full-fledged die-beetus), as well as weight loss, and general health. From wiki: The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet...The diet mimics aspects of starvation by forcing the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fuelling brain function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood [is] a state known as ketosis.
On Jan 15, I changed my macros to %20 protein, %78 fat, and have eaten less than 30 net carbs a day (net carbs are carbs minus insoluble fiber). The first week was tough, I did feel a bit groggy but I found upping my salt intake to 5grams a day helped immensely (low carb diets act as a naturietic causing the body to excrete sodium and water accounting for much of the typical weight loss over the first 2 weeks). A typical breakfast is greek yogurt, ham, and some vegetables. Lunch is salmon, cream cheese, asparagus, and a greek salad, and dinner is just downright awesome. Last night was 2 strips (med rare, salt pepper), with fennel and zucchini. Basically you can eat all the green vegetables you want (or all the green vegetables your intestines can take).
At the beginning of this all, I had a DEXA scan and it bame back at %22 body fat *puke smiley* In another 2 months I'll have another one, and post it up here to compare how the keto diet has worked for me as well as my blood labs. Keep in mind, if I didn't make clear already, I'm keeping my calories the same, only the macros have changed. Activity level won't be identical because there's more opportunity to be outside in March than in December, but my gym workouts will have stayed the same but for the usual progression.
I'll post interesting articles I come across, foods I eat, and try and answer any questions y'all may have as best I can.