To say that intermittent fasting and carb cycling have changed my life would be an extreme understatement. These nutritional strategies have helped me and hundreds of my clients burn fat and increase energy in a truly amazing way.
Whenever I do a live video, or blog post about these topics, I am often met with some skepticism and lots of questions. I totally understand why someone might have questions, and am always happy to answer them. Because many of these questions fall into three main areas, I decided to go ahead and answer them in one place, to have as a reference for those who are interested. I’ve also got a free guide to help you implement these strategies. You can download the guide by clicking here.
Before I dive into a few questions, I wanted to let you know that these are strategies I have personally been implementing and tweaking for the last year and a half. I not only understand the research behind these principles, but have experienced the effects of Intermittent Fasting and Carb Cycling for myself. This is a highly effective approach to nutrition, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly.
Here are some of the the questions that have come up in my conversations about Intermittent Fasting and Carb Cycling.
What does a typical day look like in terms of food?
I usually don’t break my fast until around noon. However, all morning long I drink lots of water and herbal tea to stay hydrated. Some days, I may do a fasted cardio workout prior to breaking my fast. I usually eat a large salad with some type of protein to break my fast. I then eat another meal or two, and have a protein shake over the next 6-8 hours. I use an If It Fits Your Macros approach to my food, which means I track my macronutrient intake as opposed to tracking my calories. This allows for some tasty, fun treats, and helps to ensure that my body is getting all that it needs to fuel my workouts.
Aren’t you hungry throughout the day?
No! I eat extremely well during my eating window. In fact, I consume more calories than most people on traditional diets, eating several meals a day. My diet is heavy in protein and healthy fats, so I am satiated after each of my meals. In addition, I cycle my carbs to correspond with my workouts, so my body is getting all of the macronutrients it needs at the right times. I don’t spend my days hungry, but I do have more energy than I’ve ever had in my life!
Is Intermittent Fasting and Carb Cycling complicated?
Not really! Squeezing your eating window down into 6-8 hours a day is simple, and requires little thinking. Carb cycling does take a bit of time to learn, but it isn’t difficult. Learning to count macros also takes a bit of practice, but after a week or two, this kind of lifestyle will become second nature. In fact, this type of lifestyle allows for flexibility and helps you feel in control of the foods you are eating.
I promise you, this way of living is not as scary as it sounds! It has truly revolutionized my life, and the lives of hundreds of my clients. You can read more about their transformations here.
If you’d like more information on Intermittent Fasting and Carb Cycling, check out my Intermittent Fasting and Carb Cycling 101 Guide. This short ebook is full of helpful information to get you started with implementing this incredibly effective strategy into your own life.