What Should I Eat While Carb Cycling?
I am regularly asked by clients and friends how to do this whole carb cycling thing well. People are particularly interested in how to eat on low carb days, and how to eat on regular training days. Here’s a quick breakdown on which types of foods are best on each type of carb cycle day of which we follow in my online programs!
Low carb days
Low carb days are typically challenging for many of my clients. Here, our macro pie chart will be a little out of whack, but that’s totally okay! On low carb days we want to stick with healthy fats and proteins like:
Avocados Nuts Meats (chicken, beef, pork) Protein Shakes (my favorite is NLA for Her - use code JENNY20 for a discount!) Eggs Cruciferous veggies (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower)
Things to avoid on low carb days: fruits, grains, sugary snacks, potatoes
Regular Carb days
For regular calorie days, we want to focus on hitting our macro percentages. For most women, this means a fair amount of carbs. Does that mean you should run to the sugary cereal aisle of your nearest grocery store? No! On regular calorie day you still want to stick with whole foods like:
Fruits and veggies Avocados Nuts Meats (chicken, beef, pork) Protein Shakes (my favorite is NLA for Her - use code JENNY20 for a discount!) Eggs Protein Bars (my favorite is NLA for Her - use code JENNY20 for a discount!) Potatoes Quinoa, rice and other gluten free grains
Things to avoid on regular carb days: processed foods, dairy and gluten
Training day is usually a leg day where your body expends a significant amount of energy during your workout. On training day you would enjoy all of the same foods you would on a regular cal/carb day, AND add in a fun treat like donuts, cupcakes or a piece of cake! On these days you still want to stay within your macros, but you can splurge a bit in terms of how you meet those macros!
Basing your diet on whole, unprocessed foods throughout your entire week is truly the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. After that, learning how to fit the foods you love into your carb cycle is not quite as difficult as it might seem! If you are interested in learning more and would love a trainer by your side, check out my online fitness programs!