Carb Cycling - does it work?
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Well, I've been trying something new this week. I've been very good about tracking my food(on My Fitness Pal ipad app - sorry SP!) for a while now- about 5 weeks. This consistancy is unheard of for me. But weightloss has been slow- about 1 pound per week is what I'm averaging. Although I'd rather continue losing weight slowly than not at all. But to try to encourage a jump in weight loss, I stumbled upon some information about Carb Cycling.
Calorie Cycling has been around for a while - and it also sounds appealing, if you track your calories. I do track my calories, but I rely on exercise to allow a few more calories into my day. Not sure how that would all work with calorie cycling...
I know my body does well with low carb diets. What I mean is I do lose weight on them. I just have horrible will power and don't want to say no to all my favorite foods. There is no other pizza crust that I enjoy - and I've tried quite a few! So carb cycling sounded quite appealing.
When you look around online or possibly in books, there's slight variations... so I just picked one and am going to give it a try. The plan is Mon and Tues low carb(20-30 carbs), Wed normal carb (150-200), Thurs and Fri low carb(20-30), Saturday high carb (250), Sun normal carb(150-200). I figure low carb days during the week will be easier because there's not alot of special occasions and temptations.
So as I write this, I'm in the middle of my Thursday- having started on Monday(although I guess Sunday was normal as well...). Monday and Tuesday I had a horrible headache, which is typical when starting a low carb diet. I stuck with it though- although my poor family had a crabby mommy. I was worried I'd start the process over on Thursday- but so far I've felt fine. Wednesday was tempting to over eat, but I tried to restrain myself. I can't wait until Saturday to eat pancakes.
So, far, I've lost about 2 pounds, which is amazingly nice because I was close to being below 200 pounds, and now I finally am! I'm eager to see how the week plays out, because I'm sure there will be ups and downs. I've accepted that despite my best efforts each day, I will always do a dance of two steps forward, one step back.. or maybe three steps back. But I try to look at the big picture and see that on average I am about 5 pounds less then I was 5 weeks ago. And like I said- I'd rather continue to make slow progress than no progress.
I am constantly amazed that I'm sticking with this so consistantly. I'm exercising regularly, almost daily. I'm hoping to add Turbo Fire soon, maybe after the new year. I am going to make a change in my body. this is the time.