I am a reproductive medicine research junkie. And now I am a carb counting, meat eating maniac. While it’s true that I write a fitness blog which may predispose me to diet fanaticism, I also realize that I’m a control freak. I’m known for blaming a headache on what I ate for breakfast or a bad mood on that skipped workout yesterday, as if I’m being punished for something I did or didn’t do, for something I failed to control. But maybe we don’t have that much control over our bodies, cause (gluten) and effect (hip pain) not as closely tied to that breading on the shrimp tempura in date night’s sushi roll as we’d like to think. But maybe we do. It’s possible, and maybe even likely, that every single thing we eat, every single thing we do, directly impacts our health, from every day energy to egg quality.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) seems to think so, when it comes to diet at least. They presented interesting diet related research at their October 2012 68th meeting. In several studies they found that a lower carb, higher protein diet had a positive impact on embryo quality and therefore IVF success rates. For someone that was a lacto-ovo vegetarian for over 15-years this research has been eye opening. While I’ve been back on the carnivore wagon for several months now, I’ll be the first to admit that my lower sugar, higher protein consumption didn’t truly begin until I cut out gluten after reading the book Wheat Belly. Now, after ASRM’s press release, I’ve decided to reduce my carb consumption to less than 40% of my daily calorie intake (that was the amount mentioned by a blogger who attended the ASRM conference and received study details straight from the horse’s mouth). If all goes as planned, I’ve got exactly one month to protein pack my eggs until retrieval time. With such dramatic results reported by ASRM, I figure a lower carb diet can’t hurt right?