Madeit3, I think everyone, even a diabetic can use Shaun Hadsall's strategic carb-cycling/exercise program which is a term for having some days be a carb-reduction day and some days be a day of increase carb input in . Even a diabetic needs carbs of some sort. Whole natural foods are the best source, according to Shaun, but you probably already know that. On card-reduction days you cut out all starches and fruits and limit the other carbs you normally take. On days of standard carb input you allow yourself your regular carb intake plus say one or two portion(s) of vegetables. According to Shaun, www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQd1qxa5AXY , you need to train your body to consume fat as the primary source of energy, and the best way to do that without messing up your metabolism is to carb-deplete on alternate days. You can't cut out carbs completely because "when you engage in regular high intensity exercise sessions your body can release more stress hormones (cortisol) and tend to go into a catabolic state. This can cause you to lose precious muscle tissue and slow down your metabolism (aka Metabolic Slowdown). But if you‟re eating more all-natural, impact carbs at the right times you‟ll keep your metabolism humming along and you‟ll prevent muscle loss by maintaining an “anabolic” environment (i.e. anabolism) inside your body". Shaun also gives two other benefits of carbs: 1) "carbs fuel a necessary metabolic process called 'glycolysis', which fuels anaerobic (high intensity activity)", and 2) carbs "replenish glycogen and help reset our fat burning hormones". There is a you tube video www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ssmji9vH88 that describes the science behind Shaun's strategic carb-cycling/exercise program referred to as "Macro-Patterning" by Shaun. I purchase Shaun's 14 day program for 27 dollars and he alleges that "Macro-Patterning" is a proprietary Trademark which can only describe his proprietary program, so I use the language strategic carb-cycling/exercise program to make it apply to both Shaun's program and similar programs. Shaun's program is based on the earlier work of Wendy Chant who first use the term "Macro-Patterning" in her books ("Crack the Fat-Loss Code" and "Conquer the Fat-Loss Code". Wendy gave proprietary rights to Shaun who continued to make changes to refine the program. There is not a lot of difference between the programs so the trademark status of "Macro-Patterning" may still apply to Shaun's programs which include the two week program and a "4-Cycle" 8 week program which is repeated perpetually. Changes in the timing of the carb-up, carb-down and "cheat" days are made in the perpetual program both to keep the body from reaching a weight loss plateau and to accommodate special "cheat days" on planned events such as weddings or holidays. He refers to Wendy's 8 week perpetual program as basis for his "4-Cycle" program which makes "Macro-Patterning" a perpetual lifestyle. Shaun's 14 day program is similar to the first two weeks of Wendy's perpetual program, Also, it was recognized by Wendy that the success of the first two weeks of accelerated fat-loss formed a basis for motivating her clients to stay with the "Macro-Patterning" program and that changes in the timing of the carb-up and carb-down days can be made to accommodate "cheat" days on holidays etc. Since Wendy's books are available in used condition, it may not be necessary to purchase Shaun's 4-cycle program or other additions if you purchase the 14 day program.
Thanks for posting here. And also thanks for adding the bit about others posting their own favorites. I believe everyone is an individual and that different things work for different folks. The carb-cycling plan would never work for me since carbs shoot my blood sugar into the stratosphere.
I personally like The Plan (Lyn-Genet Recitas) and a OLDEROWL indicates, there is a team called The Plan here on Spark. Recitas focuses much of her work on food sensitivities and figuring out what works for you. Her basic plan is one I've done well on.
Wonder what plans have worked for others?
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My goal for this evening is to finish my blog on exercise routines for the Shaun Hadsall's Carb-cycling/exercise program that avoids a weight loss plateau. I may be off based, as I am not an expert in this matter, but reading of Shaun's program has me convinced that it has merit. I want to write a blog today that will convey an informative description of the exercise portion of the program. PS The title was made more inclusive since I feel that others will have their own favorite fitness programs to advise us on. Also, note the web page that Spark People have set up to link us to informative videos, articles and other resources for health and wellness. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/main.as p
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