Recently, Kevin and I decided to start a new way of eating. He is giving Carb Backloading (CBL) a try, while I am trying Carb Nite. Carb Nite is good if you have a lot of fat to lose, while CBL is great if you want to gain quite a bit of muscle. They are very similar in the fact that most days you eat ultra low carb (ULC) or no carb meals and are mostly comprised of nuts, meats, cheeses, green vegetables, oils, and protein powder. Depending on which diet you are doing you either have around one night a week or a few nights a week where you load up on carbs.
The point of these meal plans are to make the switch from your body using carbohydrates as fuel to using fats as fuel. You can read more about what these are and the differences between them in this mensfitness.com article.
My diet before this was mostly carbs. I would eat pasta, breads, wraps, english muffins, and cereal. A lot of people are like me. I have tried low carb diets before and in the first two days I felt like I was starving, I was shaky, and I was irritable. I didn’t find it all worth being so uncomfortable. So far though, this Carb Nite diet has been easy. It’s crazy to say that when I went from eating mostly carbs to absolutely none, but it really has been easy. I believe the trick is that I know now what to replace the carbs with. I find that I feel fuller for much longer and I don’t crave the carbs at all. I am however missing sugary foods just a bit but it’s not like an “I NEED IT RIGHT NOW” kind of feeling.
Every day I start the morning off with a coffee blended with protein, heavy cream, and cinnamon. The caffeine acts as a hunger suppressant and keeps me full for a couple of hours. Today for lunch I had pulled chicken with goat cheese and spices alongside bacon. For dinner I had half a plate of brussels sprouts covered in garlic and parmesan cheese with half of a pork tenderloin stuffed with cheese and spinach. I just had a protein shake with cocoa, almond milk, and water. Tonight I will probably have a few pieces of bocconcini cheese sprinkled with sea salt.
So far I have lost a pound a day. My goal is to lose my pregnancy weight and then some (around 40 pounds). The only challenge I see coming up in the near future is a bachelorette weekend I am partaking in. I hear there is going to be pizza, lasagna, bagels, and more. Luckily I can use one of those days as my carb nite day, but the other 1 or 2 days will be tough. I will continue to document how I am finding this way of eating. You can also look at the foods we have been eating on our Motive 8 Fitness Instagram.
Kevin has been on his diet for about a week and a half. His goal was to lose 10 pounds and has pretty much done it. He is also getting more muscular and you can notice a lot more definition – and that’s only in a little over a week. He was a little foggy for awhile while his body was switching over from carbs to fats but he seems to be back to normal now – I will have that part to look forward to next. We are excited to see what will happen in the next few months with both of us.
We are not recommending that everyone eat this way. It is not for everyone, especially since everyone has different goals and preferences. Some things work for some people that don’t work for others. We are simply eating this way as a trial to see if it works for us and documenting it for those who are interested in it.
Have you ever tried a diet that you hated or really loved? What did you like or dislike about it? Comment below. Also, if you have any questions about this diet or anything else just let us know!
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