Thursday, December 6, 2012

Life, training, going carb-less and my love affair with Gummy Bears

It's been too long since my last post and, while I have a myriad of excuses, I'm not going to list them here. For all intensive purposes, I'm back.

What's going on in my life? Hmmmm. Lots actually. I'm still training, but have mixed things up to include some Kettelbell / bodyweight circuit type stuff as well as some heavy days with my old friends, The Big 3. As for diet, I still IF anywhere from 14-16 hours a day. It's just a habit now. I'm also taking a dip in the Carb Nite pool. For those of you not familiar with Carb Nite, it's a power diet protocol developed by a really smart dude - John Kiefer, known simply as "Kiefer." Seriously, the guy's a physicist and he's got a smokin' bod to boot. But his chiseled abs weren't handed to him. They've been sculpted by the years of trial-and-error that led to Carb Nite and his other gaining protocol, Carb Backloading.

For Carb Nite, you start with a 9.5 day ultra-low carb period where you eat literally as close to zero carbs as you can (not including fiber) along with protein and lots of fat. On the eve of the 10th day you indulge in high glycemic foods to cause a rapid insulin spike which causes all kinds of cool things to happen to your hormones and metabolism - not the least of which causes the annihilation of fat cells. After a 6-8 hour carb up period, you go back to ultra-low carb for anywhere from 5-7 days with at least one mandatory carb refeed weekly.

It's actually quite easy to eat this way. Once the brain fog and fatigue of Day 5 passed, I felt pretty good. I made it the entire prep period on basically no carbs and was rewarded with a fat free froyo sundae with banana and caramel syrup, a handful of Gummy Bears, three Rice Krispy treats, a half of a Domino's deep dish pizza and Oreos with a glass of milk before bed. Guess what, I woke up only 1 lb heavier and that's pretty much all water and whatever food was still in my system at the time. If you want to get the low down on Carb Nite, check out Kiefer's site,

I'm also job hunting, which sucks. But, on the flip side, my boyfriend and I are leaving for a much needed vacation in about a week. I. Can't. Wait.

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