You can if you are consistent with a clean diet and workout program. I do notice that I can be "spot on" w/ everything and have trouble losing. Then I will get a good night sleep or have the opportunity to take a nice nap (doesn't happen often), but once I get semi-caught up on sleep, all of a sudden the scale moves.
I also notice that I tend to want to eat w/ long nights and it takes everything in me to not give in to comfort eating.
Lack of sleep definately effects me. I just keep trying to push thru it.
@MEB0810 I have a question. My son is 2 years old but he still doesn't sleep through the night. I was reading what you said about you not being able to get good sleep. My question is, I was reading something about how lack of sleep can cause weight gain. I see that is not your problem. Can I still loose weight even though I get broken sleep?
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My biggest challenge is getting enough sleep. I am a mom of 3 and my youngest is special needs. I am her nurse overnight so whenever she is up or needs repositioning, I am up.
Many times due to sleep depravation, I want to eat comfort foods. I have to make sure we do not have junk in the house or I will eat them at times like this.
It also makes it difficult to get a good workout in when so tired.
With all this said, I overcome this challenge by knowing what I should/shouldn't eat and try to make up some sleep from time to time w/ naps. I also try to make sure I get my workouts in too to help w/ energy.
Honestly, I don't know enough yet about Carb Cycling, nor am I implementing the idea fully enough to know whether or not I have challenges, lol! I just want to make my presence known, and get to know all of you, as I find my way into this.
I joined the team from a more intuitive desire... I started my journey with the ideas in my head 'begin as you mean to continue' and 'don't do anything to lose weight that you wouldn't do to maintain it'. I realized early on that I would not be happy about tracking food forever, so once I had an adjusted idea of portions size and once I had a realistic idea about the caloric content of most of what I eat, I stopped tracking. I use the tracker when I feel I need to refine what I'm doing further.
Cycling carbs is part of my 'refining' process and I was pointed in this direction by 'Body for Life for Women'. I'm hoping to learn from those of you who are more experienced. What really resonated for me from the book is the idea of eating to suit your age and stage in life. One of the culprits in my weight gain, was not realizing how my metabolism was/would continue to change along with the hormonal changes I am going through.
Carbs now seem to be a problem for me, even though they have never been before (I turn 50 in a couple of weeks). I really appreciated the 'Carb Cycling: The Fat Loss Plateau Buster' article, JAZZID! You always have such great information and you are so generous in your sharing.
Planning helps with everything, I think, yet life isn't as structured as I'd like it to be. At this point I need idiot/life-proof menue/meal plans that I just follow without thinking... which leads me to my next 'thank you'... while I didn't qualify for the 'deal' (I'm Canadian) the suggestion was just what I needed to push me into getting a subscription to 'Clean Eating'.
So, in my long-winded way, I'm glad to have a place to come with my questions as I go along, and I'm a great cheerleader, LOL!
My biggest challenge is balancing all of the macros. Sometimes, I have too may carbs, too little protein, etc., but I do cycle them up and down.
I think that planning ahead would help me with this... i.e., preparing my meals ahead of time and putting them on paper/online, etc., and making sure that all of the macro's are balanced; although a bit time consuming, I think it will be worth the effort.
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