I am currently in Amanda Tress’ Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting Program. We started last Monday and the program runs for 6 weeks. In a nutshell, we eat different each day based on our calorie goal as well as a workout designed specifically for the way we are eating that day. While you “feast” on some days, you fast on other days. Every day is actually different for the most part (based on your eating goals and your workout).
This plan is different from IIFYM (if it fits your macros) in that we are eating whole foods, no dairy, gluten free, etc. IIFYM is based around eating anything (donuts, real foods, candy, real foods, cake, real foods, etc.) and making them fit within certain marcos and calorie guidelines.
Reason #1: All the carbs! Seriously. On Feast day, I wound up going to the grocery store just to buy more fruit to get my carbs in for the day! When you are trying to fit in whole food carbs (instead of things like cake, etc.), you will find that you eat a LOT!
Reason #2: All the protein and fats! What do you eat on low carb day? Protein and fats of course! This would explain why I am buying chicken at an alarming rate.
Reason #3: NUTS! Nuts are good for you and are perfect for low carb days! Cashews, almonds, etc.
Reason #4: Get in touch with what you are truly eating. I haven’t logged my food or food journaled in years. It is definitely eye opening to say the least. There was a good chance that I wasn’t eating ENOUGH each day or that I was having to many “empty” calories.
Reason #5: Eat all the time! Two things Amanda insists on: not weighing yourself every day (score! – note: I actually will not be weighing at all) and eating the amount of calories that My Fitness Pal says to. She DOES NOT want you going under.
Reason #5: Eat according to your workouts. Amanda designed her program not just with food, but exercise. There are even 1-2 days of rest per week. This includes include training, cardio, and full body workouts. After our workout Wednesday, my legs were SORE!
Reason #7: Fast day. Yes, once day a week we fast. It gives me a great excuse to go to Sonic for their fabulous ice:
Honestly my first fast day was rough. I woke up not feeling well and didn’t feel well most of the day. I also think I drank TOO much water (yes that is possible). I am looking forward to fasting again this week and hoping to be more successful.
Reason #8: Work on your math skills. Yes, there is some math involved since you are eating differently. Macro percentages and calories. Serving sizes. Using My Fitness Pal (the app) for this is KEY! You can “preplan” what you eat to see how you are doing and what else you might need.
Reason #9: It is something different. If you are trying to breakthrough a plateau or your current workout/diet lifestyle isn’t working for you, it is definitely worth trying. As long as you realize that it will take WORK and PLANNING.
Reason #10: More energy! Carb Cycling is designed to give you more energy. I will be honest and say I couldn’t really tell a huge difference this first week, but I am also weaning myself off caffeine, so that might be why. Many of the ladies in my group are already noticing tons more energy.
If you want a great resource, check out the All Day Fat Burning Diet book. If you are interested in Amanda’s program, click HERE. Her next group starts later this month and trust me when I say they fill up fast.Top 10 Reasons to Carb Cycle! #DoYouEvenCarbCycle #FitGirlsFast Click To Tweet
Have you ever tried carb cycling or intermittent fasting?