Day 66, Why Carb Cycling Sucks

It’s vent time everyone one! I fucking hate carb cycling. There, it’s out.

Part of the reason why I hate it is because it’s effective. I have a hard time getting through the day without at least 100g of carbs and yet as I survive more and more of these low carb days, I feel the weight falling off and my clothes fitting looser.

But to what end? Is it better to be fat and happy or skinny and miserable?

Obviously the answer is somewhere in the middle, but even after 66 days, I don’t think I’ve found that middle yet. I’m tired of spending so much energy planning meals and logging macros. I already have a job, dammit! And there are so many things that are more deserving of my time and attention.

To be successful with carb cycling two things need to happen:

1. I need to plan more. Full blown menus for every meal except dinner for all carb cycling days. Plan it, buy it, prepare it and go.

2. Sometimes I need food that makes me happy. Sometimes I need to look forward to my meal instead of just being a robot all the time. I need sweet, savory, salty and crunchy.

So here are 3 things we’re going to do:

  • Fruit. Yes its carbs and sugar, but it comes with fiber and paired with a high protein meal it makes me feel better. 2 servings/day.
  • Rice with my breakfast. In fact, I’m happy to commit to the same exact breakfast 4 days/week. 1/2 cup of rice, 2 eggs, 3 turkey sausages or 4 strips of turkey bacon.
  • Quest bars. No, they’re not as tasty as Combat Crunch, but they’re cheaper and they have 17 grams of fiber.

That’s it and that’s all! Vent over, let’s move on.

Didn’t wake up early enough for the gym so I’m heading over right before lunchtime. Frankly I’m a little scared of doing squats @ 230. We shall see…

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Day 2. Rest Day, Low Carb

Starting another day at 208. Wouldn’t it be nice if the scale never went higher than this again?

It’s been an odd day so far because I started with the symptoms of a migraine and immediately took my rescue medication. It seemed to help, but unfortunately the visual part of the headache lingered a bit and then resurfaced a few hours later. Frankly, I still don’t even know if it’s a migraine at all or just eye fatigue. Other than the visual disturbances, I feel fine.

Anyway, lunch went down much quicker than it did yesterday. A whole can of tuna, rice cake, 20 almonds, an apple and my new favorite thing, Quest Protein Chips. They taste similar to Baked Lays but clock in at an amazing 21 grams of protein with only 2 grams of fat and 5 grams of carbs. If I could buy these by the gross I would!

The down side is that they’re expensive @ $2.50 a bag. But I managed to find them online for about $2 a bag in a case of 8. For me this is a tremendous value since they’re cheaper than protein bars and satisfy my crunch craving without any carbs.

Another 1000 calories to go.

Day -1, Adapting to Carb Cycling

It’s not officially day 1 yet, but I feel I’ve got a bit of a head start on my diet. This is probably the first time that I’ve tried to carb cycle and it will clearly take some getting used to. Going out to dinner didn’t make it easier but I made the best of it and managed to hit my macros.

Here’s the difference between diets on a workout day vs. a rest day:

Workout day (Friday):

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Rest day (Today):

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The magic number for protein is 150. I need to try to hit that every day. In order to keep rest day carbs down I will likely have a large salad and go easy on the fruit. Tomorrow is another rest day, so I’ll be pretty excited when Monday comes and I can load up on carbs again!

My new Asics trainers and my ON protein arrived today and I’m happy with both. Not really sure what else I need to do to get ready for Monday. Luckily I have another day to think about it.