This is the reason you are here, right? You want to lose weight, get in shape, tone up, slim down, and stay that way for the rest of your life, right? Well Carb Cycling HeadQuarters is proud to announce that April is Get Fit and Stay That Way Month! All month-long we will be taking you from your current state, whatever that may be, to a new level of fitness, muscle development, and healthy nutrition. So follow along, check back often, or subscribe to the blog through RSS or email! If you’d like more information regarding what carb cycling is, or why it works check out our post on what carb cycling is. You can check out the other parts of this series below:
Your first three days of Carb Cycling are going to be terrible. You are going to be hungry, really full, craving carbs, tired, and possibly grumpy. This is what most people experience their first few days. Once you get past that hump, things start getting much easier. It takes those first three days for your body to adjust to the amount of food you are eating (either too much or not enough), used to the amount of water you will be drinking, and not being able to get an endorphin rush from carbs whenever the urge hits. If you can make it past those first three days, chances are you are going to be successful in losing weight!
The good news is that you get to have a high-carb day on your second day, so you do get some extra energy and good feelings that go with that. Also, remember that breakfast should have carbs everyday, as this helps jumpstart our metabolism into the raging furnace it should be. I choose to go with a healthy, whole grain cereal with a cup of skim milk. I’m a creature of habit, but my wife would go crazy eating the same thing everyday. She likes to alternate between yogurt, fruit, and english muffins. We will both occasionally throw in 2 egg whites with a small amount of cheese and salsa. For snacks, something I generally like to keep around is low-fat string cheese, fat-free greek yogurt, and unbuttered low-sodium popcorn (Kroger brand). My wife likes to do the yogurt, protein shakes, and granola. Lunches and dinners for us include things like chicken, shrimp, and scallops. Occasionally we also like to do salmon, tuna, or orange roughy. These fish keep cholesterol down and taste delicious! For a full list of ingredients to make meals from (although not exhaustive), check out the approve foods list.
Another key to the carb cycling life style is drinking water. Lots of it. In fact, I recommend drinking a gallon per day. This is a LOT of water for one person. One gallon is equal to 16 cups or 3.77 liters (American). I have a liter water bottle that I round to four bottles per day. I can reach it most days, although I will admit that it doesn’t happen everyday. But that is the great thing about carb cycling: it’s forgiving! This amount of water is going to keep your body flushing the bad stuff, as well as help to regulate your water weight. You’ll begin to notice that on low-carb days that you are flushing water like crazy (urinating) but on high carb days you tend to hold in water. Just be prepared to be in the restroom five or more times per day! It’s not a bad thing, it means your body is working!