Wednesday, May 09, 2012
So one of the aspects of my new diet is carb depletion days. My trainer Drew (ok, not really trainer, more like fitness model friend who knows an insane amount about health, fitness and nutrition) has really walked me through this, because done incorrectly, carb depletion can lead to exhaustion and some pretty serious rebound days. So here's how I'm doing it: I'm starting out with just two days back to back of depletion, then going back to moderate carb consumption for a few days, then back to depletion. During the depletion days, I will up my healthy fat intake, be it from meats (I don't eat many, up until I began this program a week ago with Drew I was a pescatarian who barely ever ate the pesca part of the tarian, now I've added in occasional lean ground turkey and chicken breast), nuts, or avocado. Adding in a little more fat gives my body more energy, the energy it would normally get from healthy carbs. Eating a ton of leafy dark greens (kale, spinach, broccoli), and even taking fiber pills, also helps during depletion periods, and is really important when attempting to slim down in general, as it helps keep you full and helps regulate your digestive tract, making sure you're not storing pounds of extra junk in there. Since I am an athlete (no more competitive swimming, but I do compete in a few triathlons and mud runs a year now), I may start doing more than two days in a row of carb depletion to get results more quickly. Drew doesn't recommend this for everyone, because if you don't know how to properly regulate your carb intake, and if you don't have a competitive, strong, goal-drivin mindset that is inherent in many athletes, you can rebound really hard and eat 10 times as many carbs as you should in your first day back from carb depletion, practically negating all the work you've just done. So yeah, I'm not going to rebound. Or at least I say I won't now. Writing that sentence is half the battle, now the internet is holding me accountable. Oh, that and Drew calling me daily and posting photos of his latest fitness shoot to make me feel incredibly guilty if I cheat even the tiniest bit. It's a blessing and a curse to have ridiculously fit friends.