I have been trying to follow a low carb diet for quite a while with mixed success. To start with things went well as I cut out as much carbs as I could. I steadily got rid of the carb based food and ate more meat, eggs, cheese, fish etc. After a while I found that I started to crave the carbs more and more untill I eventually would 'break' and have a binge on all types of carbs including lots of sugary stuff. The goal for my doing the low carb was to burn off the 10lbs or so of excess fat I have. What I found was the lower in carbs I went the more I would crave the carbs and the more frequently I would end up binging and then convincing myself it was OK and similar to the Anabloic diet with a carb loading phase. The problem was that I would loose several pounds of weight (probably mix of fat and water) and then when I would binge and it would all be put back again. Also the more I binged the more I wanted to binge as the 'oh so tasty' carb foods would be constantly on my mind with me always thinking of the end of the week when I could eat them. What I recently have done though, due to the posts on the Paelio Diet (and subsequent research on the paelio and Zone diets crossfit.com inspired also) is to eat no carbs except to add lots (5-8 portions) of fruit and veg everyday. The result is fantastic!
I now can eat like this every day and have not had the urge to binge in three weeks when I would normally only last at most a week. I FEEL loads better and healthier with more energy and a positive mindset. I have also lost four pounds in the first week without any feelings of fatigue and the weight keeps coming off revealing a six pack stomach I have 'Janderised' and good overall muscle development and definition with Pavel and Combat Conditioning style training. I have done this within a Warrior Diet framework as well, may'be this has had an effect but I suspect adding the 'quality' carbs as I call it will work with regualar feeding as well.
I don't know what diets you fellow comrades are following (specifically) but if any of you are in a similar place to where I was struggling with low carb yo yoing back and forth, getting strong sugar cravings (and I remember reading a few posts saying this is so, which is why I'm writing this) please add lots of fruit and veg to your low carb base and see how you feel and what results you get as like i've said its really working for me and theres quite a few diets that suggest similar experiences i.e. Paelio, Zone and I'm not certain but I suspect, the Matt Furey diet is based on this also and regardless of what science says different (and I'm a sports science student!), results are, in my opinion of course, what matters!(and an indication of reality and whether the science your basing what you do is sound or not) Any responses of similar expereinces would be great.