Sunday, May 25, 2008
I am currently on a weight loss regiment called the Alternate Day Diet or the "JUDDD"/
Years ago I followed a Carbohydrate Cycling diet which consisted of eating nothing but protein and vegetables for 3 days and then eating lots of carbs for three days. Its called the "Fat Burning Diet" I lost about 50 pounds on this regimen. The program has been recently revamped into a program where you eat low carb one day and high carb the next.
Years later I became fascinated with the concept of fasting and went on a similar regimen which brought my weight down just as quickly. I went on a total water fast for 2 days out of the week and then ate anything I wanted for about 3 or 4 days and then returned to the water fast. I lost about 65 pounds on that regimen.
Recently I have been reading a great deal about carbohydrate cycling and getting a good understanding of the importance of insulin and glycogen in weight management. What I have come to realize is that part of the reason why these sort of diets actually work is because they:
1. Help to subdue and lower the amounts of insulin in our system when reduce calories/carbs on the "on " days. Insulin of course is a fat storage hormone as well as a hormone that encourages water retention.
2. The lower calorie/carb days actually help by lowering our glycogen levels to the point where once we have our day of consuming higher calories the carbohydrate calories that would have normally been turned into fat are used to replenish our glycogen stores that were depleted the day before.
3. Lowered Glycogen levels means that our bodies are utilizing more of our fat stores for energy.
4. One of the reasons that low carb diets end up stalling in the long run is because after the glycogen stores are depleted in our bodies and we go into ketosis, eventually the body senses this is a problem and slows our metabolic rate.
I am thinking that its possible that the deprivation days significance might be more about it being lower in carbohydrate than low in calories?