Hormone Control Carbohydrate Cycle Number TwoThe first 7 days of the Natural Hormone Enhancement program by Rob Faigin calls for a conversion from sugar burner to fat burner. During the first 7 days, only 30 grams of carbohydrates are allowed per day. I went as close to zero as possible.
After than, the carbohydrate cycling begins. There are two phases, a three day cycle followed by a four day cycle, then repeated.
I reported my first carbohydrate cycle a few days ago, so wanted to update about the second cycle I just did, the four day one.
I had first thought that the elimination of carbohydrates was going to be a bit of a challenge, but have found that not to be the case at all. The only carbohydrates I'm having is in the morning with breakfast in the form of Oatmeal. While I used to eat an entire pot of oatmeal with my morning omelet (about 1 cup of raw oatmeal), I'm now only eating ¼ cup of Oatmeal. That's it for the day, each and every day… with the exception of the carbohydrate cycle phase.
Here's how it works. Carbohydrates are kept to their lowest possible amounts during the day and Rob recommends 60g or less. I'm keeping it even lower… to about 30 grams. The meals consist of protein, fat and vegetables. In fact, the author of Natural Hormone Enhancement suggests that Broccoli and Cauliflower are to be considered "free" as their thermogenics value far outweighs the carbohydrates. The vegetables also fill the requirement for fiber in the diet. The first cycle ends on the third day when you have to eat 40g (for women) or 60g (for men) of carbohydrates.
For active bodybuilders, the requirement is much higher at 200g plus. For me, that's in the form of Brown Rice right now and I split it over the last two meals. Last night, to complete my first 4 day cycle, I ate 4oz of chicken breast with 3 cups of Brown Rice, Cauliflower and cucumber. The next meal (my last of the night before bed) was exactly the same. A little bit of chicken breast and a LOT of rice.
Rob suggests eating the carbohydrate rich meal as the last meal of the day, so that the resulting insulin spike won't affect cravings because you'll be sleeping when it kicks in. It's the eating of carbohydrates while in sugar burning mode that causes cravings. Blood sugar spikes up, resulting in insulin following it shortly thereafter. Insulin then works too well, and blood sugar drops further than when you started causing cravings to drive you to eat and eat and eat more carbohydrates.
The second cycle is 4 days (which I just completed my first). It's exactly the same as the first except for the length of time involved. Then it begins again, over and over. Three days, four days, three days, four days.
The freedom is incredible. For example, I'm eating my normal omelet in the morning with 8 egg whites and green pepper, but then I'm adding 3 whole eggs and some veggie cheese, or goat cheese to it. This along with raw cauliflower and ¼ cup of oatmeal is how I start my day.
Meal #2 has been beef burgers with veggie cheese and cauliflower
Meal #3 has been my raw egg white shake with 8 egg whites and a scoop of chocolate whey protein and 1 or 2 Tablespoons of fat from Udo's Oil.
Meal #4 has been steak which I cooked on my George Foreman grill along with veggies and a salad and more fat
Meal #5 has been chicken breast and steamed veggies and a salad.
If I’m still hungry before bed, I make another chocolate egg white shake with only 1 Tablespoon of fat.
I might have a chocolate egg white shake first thing in the morning and then have my omelet a few hours later, but that's pretty much what I'm eating.
It's easy. It's nutritious. I'm feeling WAY better than I have in a long time now that my hormones are in better control and I have more energy. I've had NO cravings for anything except a good sized steak. This Natural Hormone Enhancement program is really feeling like exactly the right way to eat for the rest of my life. It allows the freedom to have pizza on the carbohydrate loading phase as well as ice cream (says the author). The hardest thing is actually having to eat the carbohydrates. I don't miss them at all, and I HAVE to eat them for the program to be successful.
This program by Rob Faigin is very similar to Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle with the exception of the extreme restriction of carbohydrates. I say extreme restriction because it seems to be the popular myth that we actually need carbohydrates on a daily basis. Too many people, this restriction seems crazy, so I use the term "extreme restriction". Give me a few months and I'll call it "the best way to incorporate carbohydrates to your advantage". Tom also recommends low carb days, followed by extreme low carb days, followed by re-feed days. Rob Faigin just approaches it in a different manner. If you're following the Burn the Fat program (the best on the net), you might want to have a look at this natural hormone control book as well because they compliment one another.
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