Carb Cycling & IF: Common Reservations

As you know, I started a Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting program at the end of February. We are in our 5th week with one more week to go. Since I started, I have written the Top 10 Reasons to Carb Cycle as well as my 3 Week Carb Cycling review. I have gotten a ton of comments and feedback about whether people think they could or could not do this type of program. I am going to address some of those today!

Common Reservations about Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting

Common Reservations to Carb Cycling & Intermittent Fasting

Can’t fast one day a week – I wasn’t really sure about this either and one week we had two Fast days. But luckily, Fast days ALWAYS follow Feast days.  And on Feast days we eat a LOT of food – 1.5 times our regular calories.  We also don’t workout except maybe stretching or walking.  I haven’t worked out at all on Fast days – I use them to run errands and/or relax. Yes, Fast days can be rough, but most of it is mental. The important part is to plan ahead and make sure that you consume all your calories on Feast day. Today is a Fast day for me. I made sure to eat all my calories yesterday. My plan for today? Drink lots of water, make a return during lunch, and I have a hair cut and color appointment this evening.

Can’t do math – Thankfully there are calculators and MyFitnessPal. I am not sure I could have done this (or would have stuck with it), if I hadn’t subscribed to the premium version of MyFitnessPal. It makes changing my goals from week to week easy to do and tells me where I am at each day. While there are tons of food logging apps out there, MyFitnessPal truly has the most extensive database.

Breastfeeding – Obviously I know nothing about this, but I do know there are quite a few ladies in Amanda’s program who are breastfeeding. The best part of this program is how adaptable it is for every situation.

Training for a race – Again, many people in the program training for a race. Lots of the ladies are runners. It would just be important to schedule based on your training plans. Remember on Feast days we eat 50% carbs and 1.5 times what we would normally eat on a regular day.

Sustainable lifestyle – I have truly been thinking about this and I think it could definitely be a sustainable lifestyle. I know Amanda has been doing it for over a year. It would take some planning (either monthly or weekly), but could certainly be done. I plan on continuing it following the program either by repeating different weeks (they have all been different) or creating my own schedule.

Love eating too much/Eat and snack a lot throughout the day – Um, I eat. A lot. On Feast days I eat over 3,300 calories. On regular calorie and low carb days I eat 2,200 calories. When you are trying to eat “real” whole food, this can actually be difficult. I feel like eating is my job on Feast days. Yesterday I had breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack, workout, an apple, dinner, evening snack. And still came in slightly under my calories.

No energy to run – I have always had a good deal of energy anyways, but I definitely think I have more. Why? My workouts are better. I am working out according to how I eat that day. I am burning 500-800 calories a workout and my body is resting 1-2 days per week. I also feel I am making better use of the time I schedule to workout and of my rest days.

Social?  Go to a lot of events – I don’t go to a lot of events, but I eat out. A LOT! It truly just takes a little planning and creativity. Last Monday – Friday, I ate out 7 times. That’s pretty much half my meals. I will say I don’t typically drink so that’s not something I have had to deal with. I am also not trying to eat 100% gluten or dairy free. That’s not something I am hugely concerned with as I don’t have any food sensitivities. I will say I have cut down drastically on the amount of dairy I consume.

Tough – I find it to be one of the easiest programs I have ever done and honestly the only one I have stuck with in a while. I feel better, I feel leaner, my clothes are fitting better. It was tough at first. After the first full body workout it took me 3 days recover. Every week is gets a bit easier to manage.

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Do you think you would ever try carb cycling or intermittent fasting? What is your biggest reservation about trying a program like this?



10 Responses to “Carb Cycling & IF: Common Reservations”

  1. Nope. Couldn’t do it – wouldn’t even think about doing it. If I had to fast, it would need to be on a weekend or my coworkers would kill me because I would be so grumpy. Also, living with a picky eater, this plan wouldn’t mesh at all with what I would have to feed him. I’m glad it is working for you, though.

    • i asked my coworkers and they said i seemed happiest on feast days and fast days and not so much on low carb days. i am a hugely picky eater so i am surprised i have been making this work.

  2. So interesting to read about your experience! I’m not sure this would be for me long term, but I’d love to give it a try and see how it benefits me! Do you find that you think about food a lot while doing it?

    • to some degree yes, i think about food alot – as far as planning. but, once i have my plan in place, i don’t really think about it and don’t think about what i am “missing” or anything. it just becomes like a checklist. enough carbs? yes. enough protein? yes.

  3. So, I’m vegetarian and eat 90% whole foods. When I have my long training runs, it’s hard enough to eat back enough calories as it is… I can’t imagine what I’d be trying to do if I followed a carb cycle program! Thoughts?

    • let me check the book and see what it says about that. i don’t have first hand knowledge since i am not a vegetarian.

  4. This is such an interesting topic! my concern would be for training, and having low energy . . . but it sounds like there are enough calories on that day . . and all the carbs from feast day would already be ready to go as blood glucose.

  5. I’ve never heard of this kind fasting before. I couldn’t do it! I consider fasting not eating within 30 minutes of waking up. I get hangry when I don’t eat 🙂 So cool to learn about it though!