Carb Cycling: 3 week check in
So I have been carb cycling for three weeks now. It has been the best experience for me so far. I have learned so much in the past three weeks about health, diet and my body.
Carb cycling has been the most structured meal plan I have ever stuck to, without being too strict. I still have a reward day every week and high carb days feel glorious. Low carb days are more challenging, but I’m getting into the swing of things. Meal planning is easier, I know my portion sizes and what foods are approved for each meals on LC/HC days. The most challenging part is meeting my protein intake for each day. I’m supposed to have a serving of protein with every meal, 5 meals per day. I like to limit the amount of processed protein (processed meats, and protein powders) so that leaves me with few options. I had been eating lots of chicken, but I’m actually starting to be repulsed by it. For protein I’m consuming brown rice protein, natural whey protein (1x per day at the most), chicken, fish, ground turkey, egg whites, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt. I have discovered I’m OBSESSED with almond butter. Other fats I’m including: peanut butter, olive oil, coconut oil, flax, chia, avocado (yummy!), and egg yolks (two hard boiled or pan fried eggs is one serving of fat and half a serving of protein!)
Overall I feel great, I’ve lost ~5 pounds in three weeks and I have more energy than I have had on other plans. It’s easy to maintain, prep and plan. I can still live, go out for dinner and eat what I love. I limit the amount of packaged foods I eat because none of it has a protein and carbs or protein and fat combo which means I can’t eat it except on reward days.
I haven’t been perfect though. I need to eat more vegetables with my meals and make sure I eat every 3 hours. It gets more difficult when I’m at work since I don’t know when I might get busy, but I try my hardest.
Next week I start my slingshot (Refeed) week which means it’s all high carb days for a week. I’m so excited. Will keep you updated on my progress with cab cycling.!