For 6 months I have been carb cycling. Four days of the week I seriously limit my carbohydrate intake. And by seriously, I mean my carbs those days come primarily from vegetables. On hard weight lifting days I add complex carbs to my diet. What does this mean? It means I haven’t had but a handful of slices of bread since October. And these past few weeks I have had serious carb cravings!
At church I may only get a tiny piece of the body of Christ, but I tell you those carbs are like heaven.
Has carb cycling been worth the sacrifice of no Dave’s Killer Bread? I’ve lost 13 pounds and 6.5” from my belly, so yes, for me its working. But has the carb cycling been the key to loss of body fat? Imagine me shrugging. I like to think that eliminating simple carbs (think white and processed) and eating complex carbs (think dark, colorful and crunchy) is contributing to my success, but I do know there are lean and beautiful women bodybuilders who eat oatmeal every morning. I notice because I long for their breakfast.
The thing with nutrition and fitness is that everyone has an opinion on what works best to reduce body fat, and bread is often the center of the controversy.
In the 70’s The Bread Diet was popular. Every other day all you ate was bread and water. But there was one problem; constipation. Makes sense, because remember how you made paste in grade school? Yep, flour and water. Imagine coating your bowels with paste.
And there are still “experts” who claim bread builds a big booty. Hmm…I was cursed with my mother’s flat butt, and adding bread back to my diet would be easier than squats and dead lifts.
Some diets suggest eating bread a half hour before your meal to fill you so you’ll eat less. Some diets say no bread at all. Some say wheat bread is okay, but only whole wheat not wheat flour.
The best rule of thumb is to stick with complex carbs and watch serving sizes. The Food Pyramid at http://www.mypyramid.gov/ offers the tip to make half the grains you eat whole grains. Visit their site for interactive tools with personalized food plans (even special ones for moms and kids), food trackers, and menu planners.
The key to any nutrition plan is personalization. We were each created uniquely so while carb cycling works for me it may not work for you. Weight lifters need different nutrients than runners. My dietary needs are different from my 20 year old daughter’s. Visit MyPyramid, get advice from those who engage in similar activities, hire a trainer, or speak to a nutritionist and with commitment and dedication you will find success in healthy living.
But, no matter what you choose, I do recommend avoiding the bread and water diet.
Have you ever tried carb cycling? Have you ever eaten bread to make your booty bigger? Have you ever eaten bread to make your tummy flatter? Were you successful? What is the craziest diet you ever attempted?
After Melinda Patton’s daughter moved away to college, she decided she had no more excuses keeping her from being in shape. Three years and 55 pounds ago she began a journey to become spiritually and physically strong and in the process discovered her passion and purpose in forging faith and fitness. She is now studying for her Personal Training certification and manages a facebook page called Strength for the Journey; Forging Faith and Fitness. Through her page, she encourages and empowers others to create strong and healthy bodies for Christ.
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