You have a couple contradicting statements
Opticks wrote:That really is a diet I can live with, because right now I feel really restricted, and more and more is feeling like a "diet" instead of a healthy lifestyle.
Opticks wrote:I don't think martin's eating is super healthy, but it sure looks like it tastes good and that is kinda what I'm going for
So you do or don't want to have a healthy lifestyle?
Opticks wrote:While I have you guys here, how much legumes should I be eating a day?
IMO Legumes are not a great choice of carbs. And carbs quantity should be based and timed depending on your workout schedule. I realize that contradicts SCD and what Tim says in the book. My point is there is no set amount you should eat. It depends on your activity level etc.
My suggestion is usually eat more fat, eat lots of carbs post workout.
Opticks wrote:Could kettlebell swings work here? Or would that be better for my HIIT?
Kettlebell swings are HIIT. If you dont have access to weights look into some bodyweight stuff like http://www.youtube.com/user/ConvictConditioning
Opticks wrote:I'm really excited to switch to leangains after I drop some more of this weight with SCD. I like the idea of being super lean and muscular, but I really really don't want to be as massive as those guys on his site. Haha.
Not sure why you would wait. And there is no possible way you will get that big, as I said before.
I don't think it's possible for me to do SCD for the rest of my life. I am at this point not enjoying the meals as much. I started to add some variety this week - by making chicken salad, and adding my lentils to that, as well as some olive oil and pepper. This by far has been my best tasting meal on SCD. I also make a fritatta now with spinnach/eggs/beef that is really good that I have with bacon for brunch around 11 AM. This kind of thing is a lot better than plain meat and beans with veggies.
Before I started SCD I had stopped eating candy and other ridiculously unhealthy food, and think I was able to sustain like that for so long due to fast carbs and sugar from fruit, yogurt, protein shakes, etc. That isn't the most healthy lifestyle imaginable, but it was much better than anything I had been doing up until that point.
I don't know how healthy Martin's stuff really is, but it can't be any worse than SCD endorsing full-on gluttony one day a week. It isn't supposed to work out to be that way, but it happens. I think both are more healthy than what 99% of people do and/or eat with no purpose or lifestyle goals defined with respect to diet and exercise.
Martin's protocol might be a little further away from the healthy scale of things when compared to SCD, but it produces results and is still infinitely better than eating whatever I want without a game plan.
So as much as I want a healthy lifestyle, I want something that I can actually live with and tolerate for an extended period of time. SCD is the first time I have ever craved anything. I don't think I would be that way with leangains.
I usually eat lentils as I am so sick of beans at this point. So should I be adding them to my salads and stuff only post workout? Otherwise, I do a no sucralose/setiva unflavored shake in water for 30in30, and then do scrambled eggs (frittata) with low sodium turkey bacon, lentils, and green beans for lunch. And then a big salad or chicken with lentils and green beans for dinner.
Should I be doing only lentils for lunch and then bacon or whole chopped eggs or something for dinner? I really don't know how else to get fat for energy.
My main thing about not switching to leangains now is that I wanted to see this through for a sense of accomplishment, as well as not having a full grasp of how to do leangains with the meals, etc. There really isn't a laid out how-to book like 4HB is. That website is a bunch of blog posts.
I also have a lot of money invested in PAGG with my current setup, so I would like to at least use those until they are done. My plan for now is to start doing that stuff you recommended with bodyweights and HIIT (2x each a week) and see how far that takes me while I learn leangains more.