So, I thought it would be a good idea to talk to you about my current diet.
I’ve been going to the gym now since January and the only area on my body where I haven’t seen massive improvement is my stomach. My main insecurity is my stomach, always has been but I am looking to change that. After trying fat burners and diet shakes I was starting to get a bit fed up as nothing seemed to be happening. So, my friend at the gym suggested that I tried carb cycling as it is good for burning fat in those troublesome areas.
Carb cycling consists of 2 no/low carb days, followed by 1 high carb day.
Now, this doesn’t mean you can go crazy on your high carb day and have naughty white carbs. On high carb days, you need to fuel your body with good carbohydrates like grains (oats, quinoa, brown rice, barley), fruit and vegetables that are all full of fibre and have a low glycemic index which will help you achieve a more stable blood sugar and help with weight loss. When I have high carb days, this is when I train legs and lower body. I always need to be full of energy on leg’s day so I can really push myself to hit my next PB.
When I have my low carb days I change my workouts to chest & biceps, back & triceps, and shoulders & abs. Low carb days can be pretty boring, but I am starting to experiment more with my dinners to make it a bit more interesting!
I drink between 3-5 litres of water & 3 green teas a day. I am also making sure I have fish at least 2 nights a week for dinner.
My low carb day normally looks like this –
Breakfast – Reflex Instant Whey Pro Protein Shake/0% Fat Total Greek Yoghurt, with Protein Powder, Nut Butter & Cinnamon
10am Snack – Hard boiled Egg
Lunch – Chicken/Turkey/Tuna Salad with Spinach leaves, Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Cabbage, grated Carrots, Sugar Snaps & raw Broccoli
3pm Snack (pre-gym) – Mixed Nuts (cashews, walnuts, almonds & brazil nuts)
Dinner – Chicken/Turkey/Beef/Fish with Vegetables
My high carb day normally looks like this –
Breakfast – Protein Smoothie/Overnight Soaked Oats & Berries/Protein Porridge/Scrambled Eggs on Toasted Rye Bread
10am Snack – Hard Boiled Egg/Half an Avocado
Lunch – Tuna & Sweetcorn Salad with Wholemeal Pasta/Chicken or Turkey with Brown Rice/Quinoa and Vegetables, and an apple
3pm Snack (pre-gym) – Wholegrain Rice Cakes x 2 with Cashew Butter/Mixed Nuts (same as above) with Goji Berries and/or Dates
Dinner – Chicken/Turkey/Beef/Fish with Sweet Potato/Rice and Vegetables
So I’ve been doing Carb Cycling for a month now. It’s hard don’t get me wrong but I have seen an improvement in my main problem area. I’ve also added 20 minutes Cardio on the end of each workout which gets me sweating a little bit more to help burn that stubborn fat!
I’ve had a week off from the gym due to illness. I have still eaten healthily but I’ve allowed myself a few treats here and there! I’m back to the gym tomorrow and will begin my Carb Cycling again – and I cannot wait! I’ve missed the gym soooo much this week.
This time, I have my mum joining me so hopefully we will be able to keep each other motivated. I’m still not happy with my main problem area so I’m going to keep carb cycling until I get to where I want to be!
Don’t wish for it – Work for it!