In this broadcast, Donna Reish, blogger, curriculum author of 100+ language arts/writing books, and Intermittent Fasting teacher, teaches listeners about Carbohydrate Cycling—continuing from last episode’s overview to exactly how to figure out your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) and how to figure out how many calories you need to weigh your goal weight (and maintain it). She then takes listeners through three levels of difficulty with Carb Cycling in order to see what works best for each person. She explains how Carb Cyclers “cycle” through their high carb and low carb days in order to pair it with their level of activity and energy output (especially with HIIT and large muscle strength training). She teaches readers the values of the three macro-nutrients and how we can incorporate all three in a healthy IF eating protocol. Donna teaches readers the details of the most difficult way of Carb Cycling and asks listeners to determine if that level of daily math and recording is necessary for each one’s goals. Finally, she helps listeners determine if any level of Carb Cycling is right for them—or if they can get the same results through Appetite Correction, long fasting, insulin balancing, etc. Today’s broadcast is sponsored by Plexus Ease—Donna explains the four natural, plant-based ingredients in this amazing pain-relief/anti-inflammatory product: Tumeric, Bromelain, Serrapeptaise, and Green Lipped Mussel.









Note: Italics portions of outline are last week’s notes (Episode #27). This week’s episode begins with Letter E.


A. Should You Carb Cycle?

1. Proponents say boosts metabolism and helps with more fat burning
2. Said to be easier to follow than low carb
3. Said to be better for muscle building/strength training since the high carb days help fill your glycogen stores in your muscles for working out
4. Thought to be a more “advanced” weight management tool for those who are trying to lose last 30 pounds or who have plateaued for a while with other methods
5. Pairs easily with IF since it isn’t unusually low calorie
6. Not needed with IF unless want to break through a plateau, learn more about healthy eating, or develop another eating boundary



B. Overview


1. Method by which you manipulate your carbohydrates to have more carbs some days and fewer carbs other days
2. Used by people who want to burn fat quickly
3. Can be elaborate (counting all macros and calories) or simple (examining the day in terms of carby foods only)
4. Paired with exercise plans

a. Cardio with low carb days
b. Large muscle weight training/HIIT with high carb days

5. Looking at carbs differently than most low carb diets—not trying to get to “keto” or anything (you’re letting fasting do that for you)…..but rather changing up of fuel sources (carbs are not BAD in carb cycling….they are one of three fuel sources)
6. Don’t weigh following a high carb day since every gram of carb can store three to four grams of water! Not true weight loss or weight gain
7. Allow two to four weeks to adjust to a change


C. Understanding Low Carb Diets

1. Keto—75% fat; 15% protein; 10% carbs

a. Why you can’t “kind of keto”
b. Three ways to “go keto”

i. Keto diet
ii. Fast-induced ketosis
iii. Exercise-induced ketosis

2. Low Carb—50 to 100 carbs per day
3. Carb cycling—Use macro counter to find your needed carbs—that is a moderate day; go down or up from that for high and low days



D. Rants and Raves About Carb Cycling

1. Practitioners state it’s healthy because the focus is on all the macros
2. Thought to be healthy because it focuses on healthy carbs and real foods
3. How different is it from other “separate fats and carbs” approaches?
4. How different is it than calorie counting or calorie cycling (basic premise begins with your TDEE—Total Daily Energy Expenditure)
5. Some say better than cheat days because it works the carbs/calories into your TDEE—not adding extra calories or carbs to your week
6. Good since it looks at entire week, not just one day
7. Can be paired with activity level (which any intuitive approach can)
8. Thought to be mentally and emotionally favorable because you know high carb day is coming
9. Do we do this automatically with IF?





E. Simplest Approach—low carb and high carb

1. Have low carb and high carb days
2. Get your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) for your goal weight (or get TDEE based on current weight and losing one pound per week average) (example 1800 calories to lose fat)
3. Eat low carb (30 to 80 carbs) one to three days

a. Can eat more fat here if desired
b. Pair this with cardio or light exercise
c. Alternate with High Carb days if desired (or two low carb then one high) for the next day (since fasting)

4. Eat high carb (or TDEE carb level) other days (100 to 300 carbs)

a. Will need less fat here (more fruits, veggies, complex carbs)
b. Pair this with strength/large muscle training and/or HIIT for the next day (since fasting)

5. Keep protein the same all the time (based on TDEE–.9 to 1 gram per pound of body weight)
6. Option: Have one no count day or make it whichever you want if fat loss is slower than you’d like
7. Eat real foods
8. If this doesn’t help, then you will need a more “mathematical” approach



F. More Difficult Approach

1. Figure TDEE like Simple Approach (example 1800 calories)
2. Get more specific with Protein, Fat, and Carbs
3. Examples:

a. Low Carb Day/Higher Fat—still at 1800 calories per day per TDEE to lose fat

i. Protein 180 grams (40% of calories/720 calories)
ii. Fat 80 grams (40% of calories/716 calories)
iii. Carbs 90 grams (20% of calories/360 calories)

b. High Carb Day

i. Protein 180 grams (40% of calories/720 calories)
ii. Fats 35 grams (20% of calories/360 calories)
iii. Carbs 160 grams (40% of calories/720 calories)

4. Still work in exercise in the same way
5. Have specific plan for each day of the week

a. Quicker loss: Low, Low, High, Low, Low, High, No carb or No count day
b. Regular loss: low, high, low, high, low, high, no carb or no count day

6. Very tedious


G. Most Difficult Approach—High, Medium, Low

1. Alternating days with only one high day (“cheat” day)

a. Low—under 50 carbs
b. Medium—75-100 carbs
c. High—500 carbs or cheat day

2. Technically is just a low carb diet
3. Can lose simply by being in ketosis most of the time
4. Might not be low enough in calories if not compensating with other macros
5. Not sure of the benefit since it is really a low carb diet with a cheat meal or day each week
6. Can be combined with “medium complicated” for exact counting of macros


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