Thanks for all the information. I've read up on a lot of it and will do some more research. This is definitely something I am going to try. I need something to get myself back into the groove of things.
I have calorie cycled in the past and it does work well. The info here is right on - but one word of caution if you give it a shot.
I found that on my low-calorie days I was starving. I just motored through, however and didn't find it effective. Then a member of the Calorie Cycling team recommended upping my calories (all days) by 100-200 since the wesite can't possibly know how many calories I burn when I "exercise moderately". That did the trick! So if you wind up starving, and you are eating lots of good clean healthy foods, increase those calories a little bit!
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Danielle...This is what I was thinking also about on your 1 of your "high days" could be your "cheat day" for the week. I was asking cause I had mention this to my sister and she would like to lose some weight and I'm trying to help her. As for me...I would like to maintain and add more definition to my thigh area. I think Calorie Cycling sounds Great for maintaining and weightloss! Thanks So Much!
I think a cheat day does have a similar effect as calorie cycling for the metabolism. It also helps keep you mentally sane if you have cravings. Some people that calorie cycle, however, just eat more of the healthy stuff on their high day, while 'cheat days' are more for having that cheeseburger you've been dying for. I think either will work for you!
Hey there. If you didn't have trouble losing weight after the kids, you're definitely not an endo. hehe. Endomorphs are the people who "look at food and gain weight." Nutrition is especially important for endos because we're more likely to turn excess carbs to fat. Losing weight for an endo is not easy by a long shot and usually takes a lot more time (and cardio) than other body types. That being said, it can be done. Endos can lose weight and be healthy, it just takes a little longer and more focus.
Thanks Danielle! I did this test before and its says I'm a Mesomorph. I dont have a hard time losing weight,after my two kids I lost the weight with diet and exercise,took about 2-3 months. The most cardio I did was 30 minutes 5 days a week until I became a home mom I had added more minutes for cardio about 45-60 mintes 5 days a week. I may not need that much but running is a hobby and I like it so much now. You could be right and maybe I'm a Meso-Ecto. If I was a Endo??? What are some characteristics of a Endomorph? TY!
Silly Queston...But I beleive I am a Mesomorph..but to be sure How can you find out What Body Type You Are??? I have always been slim,and when I had started to Weight Train about 10 or more years ago I have gained weight but lost inches in certain areas. I feel like I can lift light weights and get muscle definition easy. TY!!!!
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I'm carb sensitive so I usually try to eat 35-40% protein, 40-45% carbs and 15% fat. On low carb days I'll drop down to 35% and get rid of all bread/rice/pasta carbs except for oatmeal as my breakfast. I really just focus on the fruits and veggies. Then on high carb days you can add back some bread carbs. You only really have to carb cycle if you're an endomorph or are very carb sensitive. Regular calorie cycling and keeping your usual nutrient ratios should work otherwise.
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Calorie cycling involves eating low calories for a few days and then spiking to your maintenance level. This works because you get the benefit of creating a calorie deficit without the negative effect of slowing down your metabolism. The body is very efficient so if it sees that instead of giving it the 1800 calories you used to give it, you're only giving it 1200, it will decrease its needs to only be 1200 so you're not starving. With calorie cycling you would do something like drop to 1200 for 3 days and on the 4th day spike up to 1800. That way your body says, 'hey...I'm not starving...must have just been a bad few days' and continues to drop the weight that you're trying to lose.
The best way to figure out calorie cycling is to go to www.freedieting.com and check out the calorie calculator. Click on the zig-zag method and it gives you a basic calorie cycling calculation. I tend to spike on days when I do extra cardio and do low days on my off days from working out.
You can also cycle your carbs if you're carb sensitive. Dropping low for 3 days and then spiking the 4th before dropping back down again.
Calorie cycling has helped me break through plateaus again and again. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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