We’ve just spent 2-3 weeks on a higher carb, higher calorie plan with much more intensive exercise. This next phase is a no-carb (almost) week – the idea with this is basically to shock the system and keep the body guessing before we move onto carb cycling next week. The exercise is staying the same, so it’s going to be very tough becuase there’s no carbohydrate to fuel it!
Calories seem quite a bit lower this time, and there is pretty much no carb in the plan (bit of broccoli, and a few other odds and ends, but that’s pretty much it!). To compensate, there are more healthy fats to fuel the exercise, and plenty of protein to retain muscle. The plan consists of prawns, egg whites, turkey, chicken, nuts, tuna, steak and avocado, amongst other things. It really does feel like significantly less food, and even though there are 5 meals most feel quite small and don’t satisfy the appetite much. We only do this for a week though, so it’s just a case of powering through.
The exercise hasn’t changed, so that is a real challenge for us. The gruelling fitness test and hiit cardio are still in there, and without carbs to support it we’re really not looking forward to it! However, we’re just clinging on to the fact that we only have to do each thing once, then the diet changes again as well as the exercise..
So, this phase is a very short one, but extremely tough. After that, we’ll be having varying amounts of carbs every day to support a tough, higher cadio training plan, so it really isn’t going to get easier.. With the show prep activities going on at the moment, the reality has been hitting home, which really does help with the motivation..
Mr & Mrs C