“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.” Dr. Ryan Lowery
Have you reached a plateau and you are no longer losing? Dr. Ryan Lowery, a former national champion baseball player, who has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, and M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition and a PhD in Health and Human Performance says “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan”.
You still have the same goal – whatever that might be. Sometimes we hit a plateau on any “Diet” or “Lifestyle” Your body reaches a point where it may need a boost of some sort or a change.
There is a thing out there called calorie cycling and carb cycling. When you have reached a plateau and you still have weight to drop it’s ok to make a few changes in what you are eating.
Any time that you are trying to lose weight you must have a calorie deficit to accomplish that. Our body is an amazing muscle. Once it realizes that you are trying to lose weight, it tends to slow our metabolism down, even if you are weight lifting or running or doing massive amounts of exercise. It just does it.
So sometimes you have to fool it, by switching things up a bit by doing low calorie about 4-5 days a week and then 2 days do higher calorie or some people will do a week of low calorie and a week of higher calorie. The idea is to switch it up some so your body doesn’t understand what you are doing. Listen to your body and it will let you know what works best for you.
Carb cycling, on the other hand, is changing the amount of carbs you intake. Very similar to the calorie cycling only changing grams of carbs instead of just counting calories. One of my suggestions for carb cycling is 6 days of eating strict keto and one day of carb loading. If you go overboard on the carbs in one day though, expect to feel lethargic. Don’t allow this to get you off your lifestyle, just incorporate it as part of your lifestyle.
Both calorie cycling and carb cycling take place after you have reached that plateau of a couple of weeks of no loss and aren’t seeing any new results. Then it’s time to mix things up a bit.
Just like Dr Ryan says “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.” We are changing things up but our goal is still the same.
If you should have any questions on carb cycling or calorie cycling please don’t hesitate to get hold of us. I, myself, do carb cycling since I live a Keto lifestyle.
Until next week, have a fabulous week!