Living Healthy: Carb Cycling

Okay, so I'm trying to keep up with my once a week nutritional post. I think it's important in all aspects of life to live healthy and to be awesome in any way you can. So, today, I wanted to share a little something that I discovered yesterday. 

Adorable, no?
I was watching Chris Powell's Extreme Weight Loss program on Hulu last night while I was trying to unpack and organize my closet (progress report: it's not moving very quickly)

um, der. Why wouldn't you want to watch this show?
 and there was a moment during the program where the client (the person losing a shit-ton of weight) wasn't preparing her meals correctly. Chris realizes that she doesn't have enough knowledge about nutrition and such, and I realized I'm in the same boat. Chris's resolution to the problem was to have Rocco DiSpirito come and live with them for a week. 

Ahem. Yum. And I'm not talking about the food.
While I would DEFINITELY not complain if that were to happen to me as well (hint hint, Rocco), the moral of the story is that I need to do a bit more work understanding basic nutrition and calories and all that jazz. So, this week I'm looking at Carbs, and more specifically, carb cycling. Chris has an awesome section on his website of this whole Carb Cycling program, so I thought I would share the basics of what carb cycling actually is. Here's Chris's explanation straight from his website (Carb Cycling 101).

Carb cycling is the foundation of what I do every day and with every client.  It works!  I’m going to introduce you to the basics of carb cycling and the four different carb cycling plans—Easy, Classic, Turbo, and Fit—as well as 9-Minute Missions, which work in combination with carb cycling for optimal weight loss results.
First up, the carb cycling basics.
What is Carb Cycling?
Carb cycling is an eating plan with alternating high-carb and low-carb days. It’s that simple. It also has built-in reward days or reward meals (depending on the plan you’re following), so you can still eat your favorite foods on a regular basis. Sounds pretty much perfect, right? You can eat healthy foods, enjoy foods you love, and still lose weight.
While each plan has a different mix of high-carb and low-carb days, each day works basically the same:
  • Eat five meals—no more, no less.
  • Eat a high-carb breakfast that includes both protein and carbs within 30 minutes of waking.
  • Eat your remaining 4 meals—either high-carb or low-carb, depending on the plan you’re following—every 3 hours.
  • Choose approved foods (Sign up here to receive a FREE printable food guide!)
  • Drink a gallon of water.
How does it work?
In order to lose weight, our bodies need the right combination of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. Here’s why:
  • Protein builds and maintains muscles and these muscles burn calories like an inferno. Protein also breaks down more slowly than carbs and fat, which burns even more calories and helps you feel fuller longer.
  • Carbs are the preferred fuel source for your muscles and organs, and they come in healthy versions (vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes), and not-so-healthy versions (cakes, cookies, soda, doughnuts, candy, and many processed foods).  Healthy carbs are also crucial for burning calories, and since they break down more slowly than those not-so-healthy carbs, they keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady, and they also keep your calorie-burning furnace hot so it burns more calories!
  • Healthy fats (unsaturated fats) eaten in moderation help the development and function of your eyes and brain and help prevent heart disease, stroke, depression, and arthritis. Healthy fats also help keep your energy levels steady and keep you from feeling hungry.
So why do we alternate high-carb and low-carb days in carb cycling? On high-carb days you’re stocking your calorie-burning furnace so that on low-carb days your furnace burns fat, and lots of it! This pattern tricks your metabolism into burning a lot of calories, even on those low-carb days. It’s an amazing and well-proven process.

So what do you think? Is this a good way to go? There's a few options of different plans to adapt to lifestyles, which I like, but I wonder if it's just another fad type thing.


Jane Droll said...

honestly i wish we could just eat what we wanted! lol. but that hasn't worked out so well for me! hahahha. i am trying to eat more fruits and veggies, less meat, and less junk. but i seriously love it all. it isn't easy!

plasterer bristol said...

Carb cycling worked wonders for me...