Thursday, August 7, 2014

Carb Cycling Questions

Yesterday's post yielded a whole bunch of burning questions about carb cycling and how the hell you lost 7 pounds in one week?! Share with the class!! 

First, let me say those results aren't typical and it's definitely not a loss I will expect to happen again. Why? I weighed myself the day I got back from vacation. I had been eating things I wouldn't normally eat, my activity level was down, sodium intake was way up, and I was bloated. I don't think I ever actually put on 4 pounds of fat. Hence, the ease in which those four pounds came off.

Secondly, I busted ass at the gym. I ran aggressively every single day. I ran until my heart gargled in my throat and begged for me to stop. It paid off.

Third, I'm not a nutritionist, or a dietitian, I know what works for me. What works for me may not work for you. I could be criticized all day long for not eating enough calories, not getting enough carbs, yada yada. Anyone who knows me in real life will tell you I eat when I'm hungry. 

I do not count macros. I do keep my eye on certain counts. I try to keep my protein higher than my carb count, and my fat count around 40 per day. However, I am not planning my day around numbers. I admire anyone who can count their macros in healthy way day to day. Counting macros yields results, period. I know this, and if you're interested in personal plan for counting macros, I've got the perfect person to hook you up with!

For me personally, counting macros and hitting certain counts each day does something strange to me physiologically and ends up having the adverse affect. IE Licking the peanut butter jar clean at 10pm because I feel deprived.

All that said, I did not read Chris Powell's book on Carb cycling. Say what? Nope nope, I did not. I did some Googling, You should Google Everybody Googles, and devised a plan for myself. I followed his Turbo formula: 

Monday: Low Carb

Tuesday: Low Carb

Wednesday: High Carb

Thursday: Low Carb

Friday: Low Carb

Saturday: High Carb

Sunday: Reward Day

Wash Rinse Repeat

High Carb vs Low Carb is going to be different for every single person.I have to eat a low carb count if I want to lose weight. Especially at the stage I'm at. The less you have to lose the harder it is to shift weight around. I can eat the same things on constant repeat, I understand that isn't for everyone.  I literally ate out for Breakfast every single day last week. That's kinda embarrassing. I am not presently supplementing my diet with any type of protein whey or casein. This is for two reasons: one I'm still in the anal stage about keeping my house clean. If you get the blender out, it has to be cleaned and put back up. I'm short on time these days. Two, we just bought the house and the list of things I want to buy is literally never ending. Protein powders are expensive.

Full disclosure: On Saturday's, high carb day, I had diced potatoes. I also had a daiquirs that was called Almond Joy. Hello carbs and fat.I also drank champagne. I was not an angel. Here was my week one plan, week two has been very similar thus far.

Low Carb Day: (Aim to hit below 80)

Breakfast: 
McDonald's Fruit & Yogurt Parfait (No Granola)
Medium Sugar Free French Vanilla Iced Coffee with no Cream
* You have to emphasis NO CREAM. Apparently the extra cream button is neighbors with the no cream button*

Mid Morning Snack:
Apple
100 Calorie Pack of Almonds

Lunch:
6oz Lean Ground Turkey
8oz Steamed Broccoli
1 Tablespoon of Parmesan Cheese
Mix all that together in the Microwave

Afternoon Snack:
Turkey Jerkey
String Cheese

4:30pm C4 Pre Work Out

Dinner:
6oz Grilled Chicken
8oz Asparagus
1 Tablespoon of Parmesan Cheese

Evening Snack:
Edamame

High Carb Day: (Aim to hit below 115g)

Breakfast: 
McDonald's Egg White Delight
Medium Sugar Free French Vanilla Iced Coffee with no Cream

Mid Morning Snack:
Apple
100 Calorie Pack of Almonds

Lunch:
6oz Lean Ground Turkey
8oz Steamed Broccoli
1 Tablespoon of Parmesan Cheese
Mix all that together in the Microwave

Afternoon Snack:
Turkey Jerkey
String Cheese

4:30pm C4 Pre Work Out

Dinner:
6oz Grilled Chicken
1 Cup Asian Stir Fry
1/2 Cup Brown Rice

Evening Snack:
Popcorn

Reward Day:
One meal whatever I want. I mean whatever. Last reward day I had Taco Bell. It was heavenly.
Low carb meals for the remainder of the day


I'm sure this post will yield some more questions. Fire away playas

Feeling lean and mean this Thursday- totally warrants a selfie


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8 comments:

  1. Thank you for showing us what a low carb day and high carb day "meal plan" looks like! :) I really want to try this! And thanks for posting your food on IG last night! ha! You're awesome! And Nacho and Nola are the freakin' cutest!!!!

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  2. Your eyebrows are looking fierce! Love the red pants too!

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  3. I'm really intrigued by this. I actually stopped by barnes and noble last night to read the book after reading your post. But the book wasn't very interesting and a lot of it contains what I already know so I figured not worth the $16. Do you use a food scale? And do you tailor your workouts to the high and low carb days? Um and one more Q if I may: do you giggle every time you say Turkey Jerky? Because I do.

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  4. I was definitely intrigued after yesterday's post and did some research via google and pinterest. Thanks for the follow up with a mini meal plan!

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  5. I just love you for this post. I agree macros are not for everyone. Man they do work but they can get you in a bad mindset in a flash! I love turkey jerky but can't stomach the price. I need some coupons ASAP! I'm in the same spot as you right now running and trying to lose 10 or so pounds. I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime!

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  6. My body loves Carbs and I have to limit them to loose weight. I lost 7 pounds last month by watching my carbs Monday-Friday. Saturday and Sunday were my cheat days.

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