Monday, January 12, 2009

Carb Cycling

Good Morning! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!

Almost all diets use some type or form of carb cycling. And if you have read much of this blog, you know that for me~diet~ is a four letter word.

Find out how much you have to eat to maintain your current size or weight. Remember it takes more food to eat healthy. And if you like to eat like I do, that is a "Good Thing!" If you need to lose a few ###'s just eat less! Plain and simple.

Always eat a protein with a carb. If you lift weights, make sure that protein is a complete protein.

Keep your servings small. No larger than your fist or the size of your palm. No thicker than a small deck of cards.

Carb Cycling is a method of eating your starches/complex carbs. In weight watchers it is called 'rocking points'. Body for Life and most body building/weightlifting programs use the 'treat day' or 'pig out day' or, depending on how much the person works out, eat anything you want all weekend long.

Bodybuilders use extreme carb cycling measures to prepare for competitions. This gives them that 'cut' appearance. Many actors and actresses will do this as well to prepare for a particular role where cut abs, arms or legs are needed. Extreme carb cycling is hard on the body and many written 'diets' use extreme carb cycling. And most of the weight is 'gained back' as soon as you stop the diet.

A very safe effective way to use carb cycling for weight loss is to eat your complex carbs & fruits by the noon meal (3rd meal of the day). By the time you have your afternoon snack meal, you need to protein and a non starch veggies. Same with supper and if you eat a 6th meal, protein and a non starch veggie.

Today's Tip:
Carb Cycling is a "Good Thing"! It will help you to reve up that metabolism. If your desire is to lose weight, your ###'s should start coming off.

Remember, the best measurment for your portions is your hand or fist. Isn't that great that God put YOUR measuring cup on YOUR body? If you are a 5 foot petite woman your fist and food intake will be different from a 6 foot 180 lb man. If you do a lot of exercising, weight-lifting, etc. , eat that 6th meal. Keep the meals small. Just a couple of items.

Oh, and make sure you drink plenty of water! H2O. Not just liquids, but WATER!

I am not a Doctor and this is in no way to be medical advice. If in a couple of weeks you are eating correctly, no sweets, no junk, food is cooked properly and you are not losing weight or are gaining weight, you need to see a Doctor and have a checkup. Make sure you have Thyroid levels checked as well. TSH, T4, T3, & T2. Also, if you appear to become weak or losing weight too fast or feel very very thirsty, again see your Doctor.


Oh I forgot to mention, I turned 50 today and I can still do THIS!


Jan and Tom's Rose Haven said...

Thanks for all the info, Melissa! I've been changing my diet for the past 2 1/2 years...and have now lost over 75#...gone from a 1X/2X down to Large/X-Large & Size 12.

Sometime, would you list all the food you consume in a day and when (what time of day)? I think that would be very interesting. Perhaps you could even tell us how you prepare it.

Dani Joy said...

Cool!! I love this blog! I love fitness and good food. Just don´t stick to it like I want. I am a missionary in Spain wanting to lose weight and get back in shape! thanks for the encouragement. gonna come back!

true blessings said...

Thank you again for your generosity! I would also like to see what you eat in a day ,just to get an idea, I also want to Not eat as many carbs as I do, to lose weight, there are so many diets out there, that it gets very confusing, I do not believe that lowfat,nonfat is the way to go though, I think we should eat real fats as in real butter and I cook w/coconut oil , but just limit the amount, please post an ideal menu , thank you!

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday Melissa!!! May God bless you with many more.

David hogard said...

Cycling is excellent aerobic exercise. It does not place undue stress on the body, but enables a good workout, which will reduce the risk of heart disease, and other illnesses associated with lack of fitness.