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
Thurs: Low Carb
Friday: Low Carb
Sat: High Carb
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!