After 4 weeks of carb cycling, I ended up losing 4 lbs, hitting several PRS, and feeling great.

         The number one takeaway from this is that my body actually seems to function better and feel better with higher fat and lower carbs.
          Carbohydrates are extremely important for recovery and building muscle. On low carb days, when you keep insulin spikes low, it allows your body to tap into its fat stores for energy. On the high carb days, you are revving up your metabolism and using the carbs to facilitate muscle repair and growth.
          The only thing I wish I had done a little bit better was my daily nutrient timing. I think my results could have been a little bit better had I really made sure I only consumed carbs after my workouts.
          With those 4 lbs lost, I am 2 lbs away from my target weight. Now, with that being said, I don’t encourage anyone to use the scale specifically as your primary way to measure progress. My goal here was to get closer to my class for weightlifting. I’m trying to get my normal walking weight 2-3 pounds away from my competition weight, instead of crash cutting and water cutting before a meet; but thats for another story!
          As a nutrition coach, this carb cycling strategy is definitely something I will use for some of my athlete clients. I do have a couple of athletes that are already doing some type of carb cycling so stay tuned for the story on their progress!
          For my own nutrition, I am going to continue doing the carb cycling to get closer to my goal weight, so long as I keep feeling great. I am going to do a better job with meal prepping and nutrient timing as well to compare these slight changes to my previous experience.
          Remember there is no perfect way to eat, but there is a better way. We can always be optimizing our nutrition and if you have any questions or are ready to get started with your own nutrition, contact us or visit our site to book a snack chat!
-Coach Kalie