Carb Cycling & Intermittent Fasting: 3 Week Review

I am almost three weeks into the carb cycling and intermittent fasting program I am following and thought I would share my thoughts with you. Check out a typical week, what I think about each type of day, and the pros and cons of the program (as I see it).

Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting

First up, a look at what I am doing this week!

Monday – Fast Day – Rest Day
Tuesday – Regular Calorie Day – Total Body Workout
Wednesday – Low-Calorie Day – Rest Day
Thursday – Low Carb Day – Sprint Training + Cardio
Friday – Feast Day – Total Body Workout
Saturday – Fast Day – Rest Day (will do housework)
Sunday – Regular Calorie Day – Total Body Workout

On Fast and Low-Calorie Days, we rest or an hour of light walking. I have been choosing to rest. These total body workouts are no joke and my body needs the time to recover. I am also doing all of my errands and “stuff” on those days to free up my workout days. Example on Wednesday, I went to Target and did our taxes. Saturday I will clean the house. The workouts are taking me about an hour each – so that will be 4 hours (240 minutes) for the week. I am good with that. I am burning approximately 700 calories each workout. We are not asked to record our workouts nor do we “eat” our calories burned, but my hubby got me a new heart rate monitor for my birthday and I am enjoying using it.

Thoughts on each type of day:

Fast Day – I am now up to 22 hours at most for fasting. It is definitely getting easier as I go. Knowing I don’t have to workout helps as does planning LOTS of water. I am a huge fan of Sonic ice and I will go get a big ice water with extra ice then put a lemon and lime slice in it. I have had my other fast days at work, Saturday will be at home. Anxious to see if it is easier or harder for me.

Regular Calorie Day – This is probably the easiest day. Regular calories and regular macros. Total body workout.

Low-Calorie Day – Pretty easy to manage. Another “rest” day. Typically I eat about the same foods, just less or no snacks.

Low Carb Day – Regular calories, but only 50 net grams of carbs (carbs minus fiber). This one is tough mainly because my fats get out of control here. I have been able to successfully eat less than 50 net carbs each time. I love the sprint training and cardio workout we do on this day. Probably my favorite day.

Feast Day – Eat all the food and all the carbs! Harder than it sounds because we are concentrating on eating “whole” foods that are gluten free and dairy free. Definitely have the fuel needed to get in a total body workout! I eat a LOT of fruit on Feast Days.

Thoughts three weeks into the program:

PROS

  • Every day is different which keeps your body guessing.
  • You can switch up the days if needed. Seems the most important is to always follow a Feast day with a Fast day.
  • I feel better and have more energy, except I am sore/tired from my workouts.
  • I am getting in some really good workouts. These past three weeks have probably been my best and most enjoyable workouts in months.
  • I haven’t had a Diet Coke in three weeks.
  • Sleeping better than ever.
  • I feel leaner. I haven’t been on a scale in almost two years, so I don’t know about my weight. I will do measurements again at the end of the program.

CONS

  • Every day is different which sometimes makes planning difficult. For example, no way can I do fast day on a family dinner or special event. I want this to be a manageable lifestyle.
  • Logging food daily gets old, but I try to make a game out of it.
  • I haven’t had a Diet Coke in three weeks.

I definitely think this is a sustainable lifestyle program. Saying that, I probably wouldn’t do it while on vacation.

Remember – if you want to learn more, check out the All Day Fat Burning Diet.  Amanda also has more spots open in her next program that starts March 28th!  Message me if you want her info.

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Would you ever try carb cycling and intermittent fasting? Which day would be your hardest? Your easiest?

Cheers!

glenneth-web

11 Responses to “Carb Cycling & Intermittent Fasting: 3 Week Review”

  1. This is definitely interesting, but I can’t see it being a sustainable lifestyle. It could be because I have commitments for work and life that involve eating a lot of the time. I think whole foods and everything in moderation is the only sustainable healthy diet for me. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love that you’re incorporating whole foods but sorry you haven’t had a diet coke in weeks. I used to be hooked on diet coke so I feel ya. I don’t think I could do this simply because I couldn’t fast for a whole day if I tried. I love eating too much!! haha. Great that you’re sleeping better and feel great though! Anxious to see your end results!

  3. I gave up diet soda a few years back and it was really hard but now I don’t even think I would like the way it tastes. I don’t think I could carb cycle and still have the energy to run. Being a vegetarian I feel like I eat a lot of carbs. Sounds like it’s not too hard for you to do it and that’s great!

  4. I find this fascinating, but I don’t know how I’d do it socially. I go to a lot of events… and my willpower just isn’t there for fasting. LOL! I’m super impressed though!