First day of carb cycling
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I've mostly spent the day reading about carb cycling. Re-reading the one written by Chris (the guy who does Extreme Makeover Home Edition) Powell (which is the plan I'm following), and starting another one about the topic. It's fascinating how the body stores glycogen and releases it, and about how you can make it work for you to lose weight in a very healthy steady way. How you can be building up muscle one day and releasing fat bigger time the next. It talks about insulin and how that factors in too of course. The idea is to have "high" carb days, and low carb days, but with healthy fat on those for good reason but also to extend the feeling of fullness, instead of regular amounts of carbs (you do get one good one at breakfast) and then as many veggies as you want along with protein (which is what you get the five meals on high carb days too-those two latter things, just not the fat) each of the five times you eat a day. You do get to add flavoring to things too. It's nice.
I was somewhat eating this way anyway (five times a day, and all these veggies and some fruit), but trying to make the nutrition tracker happy. I will upset it doing the "high carb"/ "low carb" thing, haha, but I am determined it will not bother me. I just won't look to see how on track I am or not! I know the calorie amounts are fine, and looks like everything else is too (maybe not in their balance of perfected ratio) just the fat will not be looking right.
The plan offers various ways to do the plan. I chose to start with the classic plan since I'm starting in the "middle" of the week, and already exercise quite a bit and am into the eating properly mode well too. It allows for a reward day one day a week. That will be nice for when we have our get togethers with my daughter and her husband. :)
I might switch to the turbo plan next week, but we shall see. Today was a "high" carb day (Basically 1500 calories for women, in case you're wondering), and tomorrow is to be a "low" carb day (No less than but as close to 1200 as you can). So we'll see how I feel. The turbo plan has two low carb days in a row, to release fat faster. I might just stick with classic.
I have so much energy I put down my book and decided to go ahead and sweep and mop my floors for company tomorrow evening. I had planned to do it tomorrow but it makes sense to do it while I have the energy, not save it for a low carb day. :)
I also used my rice cooker to cook 3 cups of whole grain rice, and have been letting it cool so I think I'll get that divided up and into the fridge next.
Might even reorganize my canning jar shelves. Hubby brought a bunch of canning jars from the cellar. I have some drying in the dishwasher after it cleaned them now. Might as well use this energy! :)