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Carb Cycling - does it work?

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Well, I've been trying something new this week. I've been very good about tracking my food(on My Fitness Pal ipad app - sorry SP!) for a while now- about 5 weeks. This consistancy is unheard of for me. But weightloss has been slow- about 1 pound per week is what I'm averaging. Although I'd rather continue losing weight slowly than not at all. But to try to encourage a jump in weight loss, I stumbled upon some information about Carb Cycling.

Calorie Cycling has been around for a while - and it also sounds appealing, if you track your calories. I do track my calories, but I rely on exercise to allow a few more calories into my day. Not sure how that would all work with calorie cycling...

I know my body does well with low carb diets. What I mean is I do lose weight on them. I just have horrible will power and don't want to say no to all my favorite foods. There is no other pizza crust that I enjoy - and I've tried quite a few! So carb cycling sounded quite appealing.

When you look around online or possibly in books, there's slight variations... so I just picked one and am going to give it a try. The plan is Mon and Tues low carb(20-30 carbs), Wed normal carb (150-200), Thurs and Fri low carb(20-30), Saturday high carb (250), Sun normal carb(150-200). I figure low carb days during the week will be easier because there's not alot of special occasions and temptations.

So as I write this, I'm in the middle of my Thursday- having started on Monday(although I guess Sunday was normal as well...). Monday and Tuesday I had a horrible headache, which is typical when starting a low carb diet. I stuck with it though- although my poor family had a crabby mommy. I was worried I'd start the process over on Thursday- but so far I've felt fine. Wednesday was tempting to over eat, but I tried to restrain myself. I can't wait until Saturday to eat pancakes.

So, far, I've lost about 2 pounds, which is amazingly nice because I was close to being below 200 pounds, and now I finally am! I'm eager to see how the week plays out, because I'm sure there will be ups and downs. I've accepted that despite my best efforts each day, I will always do a dance of two steps forward, one step back.. or maybe three steps back. But I try to look at the big picture and see that on average I am about 5 pounds less then I was 5 weeks ago. And like I said- I'd rather continue to make slow progress than no progress.

I am constantly amazed that I'm sticking with this so consistantly. I'm exercising regularly, almost daily. I'm hoping to add Turbo Fire soon, maybe after the new year. I am going to make a change in my body. this is the time.
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    Let us know how it works. I've known some who are doing that and it seems to work well for them. I've not tried it..
    1991 days ago
    Cycling carbs/cals works well for me (I need to go back to it). I think it helps you get through the low cal days knowing you'll have a higher cal/carb day right around the corner. Try to eat your higher cals on the days you work out the hardest. Sounds like it's working for you so far!
    1991 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. I have not tried carb cycling although my intake of carbs has varied a little. If you want to enjoy carbs and not eat wheat you might find buckwheat flour quite helpful. It works great for pancakes and probably for anything to replace wheat with.
    1992 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/9/2012 12:24:37 AM
    Good job!

    Chris Powell is big on carb cycling. I thought I might try it if/when what I am doing doesnt work anymore. I guess really I sort of do it now, in conjunction with calorie cycling :) Some days are just naturally more and less than the other. And I am losing nice and steady again so this is one more trick in my little bag :)

    I am not sure what he considers low days, and what he considers high days, as far as the number/amount of grams. And then he advocates on the 7th day, you could still have your pizza but you need to have it for breakfast or lunch. (and no leftovers for the start of the next cycle) :)

    That is the nice thing about this journey. Your mileage may vary. What works for one might not work for another so we kind of have to experiment to see what works. And when it doesnt work any longer, it might be time to mix it up :)

    You are doing fantastic!

    Thanks for sharing!


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    1992 days ago
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