Saturday, July 12, 2008
OK, I've got this carb cycling thing worked out now.
I definitely need to stick to the order of "High-low-no". If I have a "high" day and know a no-carb day is next, I'll binge to make up for it. No good. And I think my body really needs a high-carb day immediately after the no-carb. I can tell in my morning run that my stamina just isn't there after a day with no starchy carbs.
Today was high carb day, and I've finally got it down comfortably so I don't eat too much at my mid-day meal. I tend to get hungriest around the third meal of the day, and if I wait too long to eat I will eat way too much. But as long as I keep it to every 2-2.5 hours, I'm fine.
And as I'm eating, I just remind myself that it only has to last two hours and then I can eat again. It's not like when I used to eat only three meals a day. In fact, I'm surprised to find myself thinking that way at all. I haven't really done the "three square meals" thing in a couple of years. I tend to graze my way through the day - eating a heap of veggies here, a piece of cheese there...
I think it's simply the idea of having "scheduled meals" that makes me feel the need to stuff myself at each one. I used to get so hungry between meals that the idea of "having to wait" still does something to me subconsciously.