My 6 week Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting program with Amanda is officially over. While I haven’t decided if I am repeating her official Level 1 program or moving on to Level 2, I am planning to continue carb cycling and intermittent fasting on my own for the time being.
Let’s discuss each of the specific days and workouts. Don’t forget that this came from the All Day Fat Burning Diet book.
Probably the easiest day. Eat the regular amount of calories with a macro breakdown of 50% carbs, 30% fats, and 20% proteins. This is still a lot of food when you are trying to eat whole foods and lean meats.
A day that definitely required planning and thinking. Eating less than 50 grams of net carbs (carbs – fiber) is not that hard – IF you are paying attention. I ate a LOT of chicken on these days. Hubby says it looks like I murdered the rotisserie chicken. And one night I practically ate a whole one by myself. I also ate a lot of nuts and peanut butter on these days.
Feast days felt like my full-time job was eating. Take regular calorie day and multiple it by 50%. That means I eat over 400 grams of carbs on Feast Days. Typically I eat a lot of potatoes and fruit those days. I typically tried to eat the most of my calories after my workout and for dinner. I would have strawberries in my smoothies, a banana for a snack, an apple with some peanut butter, and some grapes as dessert – all in the same day.
Not near as bad as you think. I will be doing a post this Friday on tips for dealing with Fast days. I did go a full 24 hours a couple of days. The first few Fast days were rough. It truly is mostly a mental game.
Low Calorie Day
Not near as bad as it sounds. This is a regular calorie day minus 25%. A little planning and all is good. This is also usually a true rest day – no workout at all. I actually like doing these on the weekends when I typically don’t eat as much as during the week.
Sprint Training / Cardio
This was always for Low Carb day, but some other days I did it just because I enjoyed it so much. I have switched from the treadmill or bike to the elliptical and feel I am getting in a better workout. I have also enjoyed using the heart rate monitor that my hubby got me for my birthday.
Total Body Workout
Sometimes I followed the plan and other times I did my own. I always limited all my workouts to an hour regardless of what we were doing. I typically burned around 700 calories during my workouts.
- I didn’t stick to the plan 100% – especially the gluten free and dairy free part. I don’t have any dietary sensitivities and this is just something I am not as concerned with. I will say I had the least amount of dairy and gluten ever in my life. I have switched to almond milk instead of chocolate milk or soy milk.
- I didn’t do the exact prescribed workouts. While Amanda sends us one of her DVDs to do, I prefer working out at my gym.
- Six weeks is probably a little too long for me to go without “sweets” and “cheats.” I might do 4-week plans in the future.
- I did eat out – a LOT. It is just my lifestyle. However, hubby and I also did some meal planning which helped tremendously and saved money at the grocery store.
- My Fitness Pal was key in planning and tracking the macros.
- The program was a lot of fun. I loved switching things up on a weekly and daily basis. That is part of what the program aims to do – keep your body guessing and keeping your metabolism going.
I did not weight before and after this program. I did take measurements and I lost 10.75″. I thought you might want to see a before and after. The before was taken the day before we started the program. The after was taken the last Friday of the program.
This was by far my favorite diet/exercise program of all time. I can definitely see it being a lifestyle. I had much better workouts because I was fueling myself properly to get them done.Final Thoughts on Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting! #DoYouEvenCarbCycle #FitGirlsFast Click To Tweet
Considering trying a program like this? What questions do you have?