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Carb Cycling: Week 1 Update

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Well, I did it! I completed 1 full week, more like 8 days, of carb cycling. Read my previous post about the plan I used, but the quick run down is:
Mon: Low Carb
Tues: Low Carb
Wed: Normal
Thurs: Low Carb
Friday: Low Carb
Sat: High Carb
Sun: Normal

So I waited until Tuesday morning(today) to see what the final results are. I lost a total of 1.6 pounds. My lowest was a full 2 pounds down as of Wednesday morning. I'm disappointed that's not where I ended up at the end of the full week. I am hopeful for what the next week has in store for me. I think I might switch Wed and Thursday so I have 3 full days of low carb to get an extra boost. My weight definitely fluxuated depending on my carb in take. I was scared to eat carbs, but I certainly didn't let that stop me! (On a side note, I decided Domino's Pan Pizza is from the Devil- even my husband put on 3 pounds with only 3 medium slices!) My worst day was definitely Monday morning after two days of carbs.

Another positive is I've lost a half inch off my hips- something that hasn't happened with months of exercising, so I'm definitely melting some fat off!

Is it do-able?? Well, alot of sites caution it's not for everyone- extremely demanding diet, hard for the willpower to manage. I didn't think it was all that hard... but I'm currently tracking EVERYTHING I eat- so that wasn't an issue. When it comes to willpower, it's definitely a CHOICE you have to make. I don't want to do the low carb days- because sure enough my sweet tooth stands up and waves for attention! But with the mix of desperation and pure curiosity I decide to keep going to see what my body can do. I enjoy what I'm eating so its not much of a sacrifice.

The first two days I had a headache and were fairly miserable. I was worried if all the low carb days would be the same. They're not. Although my energy level is lower. On normal or high carb days my energy skyrockets!

I decided to give it another week- and relax around Thanksgiving. My hope was I would lose more than 1 pound per week, because despite my normal efforts, I only average 1 pound a week and I don't feel there's much more I can change except diet at this point.

I do have confusion, since I'm not following a book of information- of when and how much to exercise. I've decided to follow my body's lead on this one. If I'm tired and lack energy- I'm not going to do a high cardio workout, but something simpler like walking. Again, even that is a choice because watching tv and eating a plate of bacon sounds much more appealing. I did glean that I probably was not taking in enough protein this past week, so starting yesterday I made sure to get in more. I was averaging about 100 grams per day, low carb or not, and not I'm aiming for closer to 200(.8-1 gram per pound of body weight). So we'll see if that makes a difference. I'm not a body builder either, but I'm going to make sure I keep the resistance training in there.

I hope this is helpful to others. It's hard to find a real review of what to expect with Carb Cycling from normal people!
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    Thanks for the review. I had been looking at the carb cycling, and was wondering how effective it would be. Appreciate your insight. All the best to you!! Kathy
    1950 days ago
    The inches lost are fantastic!!

    I have been low carb for quite some time, but weight loss became slow to none, so I started mixing things up, adding a few more carbs back in, in the way of starchy carbs and reduced my extra fat. Not fat from meats, etc but extra fats like butter. Seems to have things moving along again. I am sort of doing a carb/calorie cycling thing now. Seems to be working!!

    Thanks for sharing!


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    Melinda (gopintos)
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    Wheat Belly Team
    1950 days ago
    Good job!

    A couple of tips - even on your higher carb days avoid wheat. That seems to cause the majority of the distressing symptoms and weight gain.

    Also, be aware that carb cravings would taper off dramatically the lower in carbs and higher in fat you go. If you have trouble with a sweet tooth, every time you cycle to higher carbs the cravings will ramp up again. It would be the equivalent of a smoker trying to smoke only 2 days a week.

    Also, watch the protein. Unless you're a body builder you probably don't need more than 100g a day. I stalled for a number of months when I started doing strength training - actually starting adding pounds, though it was all muscle weight - until I lowered my protein range to 75-100g per day and upped my fat intake. Started losing again. (Slowly, I'm 55.....)
    1954 days ago
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