Cutting back on carbs?!?

  • Hello bfler's. Hope you are all having a great day. Had a great cardio today around the man made lake by our home. It's one mile around and I did a brisk walk for one mile then the second and third laps I did a series of sprints. It felt great! Today is day 71 for me and I'm closing in on the final stretch of this challenge. My body has really changed shape and my abs are starting to show now. I've read a few posts on cutting back on carbs for the last few weeks. Here is my take on the subject. I'm 6 ft. tall and weigh around 190 lbs. Like I said my abs are starting to show through now but I still need to lose about 5 lbs of fat. Sometimes in order to take off that final layer of fat you will need to cut out your evening carbs. I've done several challenges before and this has worked for me. I still stick with the six meals a day but for meals 4, 5 and 6 I will have a protein and a veggie. I just ate my meal  4 which was lean turkey sausage and asperagus. My meal 5 will be a chicken *** and veggie and my meal 6 which will be around 10;30pm will a protein shake mixed with water. My point is that when you are down to those last few pounds to lose to get the nice ripped/ab look you will need to be very very conscious of your carb intake. Hope this helps a few of you. Have a great night all.

    fit4life "The dream must be bigger than the pain"

  • Say by week 4 you are not showing any results should cutting back on carbs apply at that time or are you saying cutting back  just the final stretch of the challenge?

  • For me personally only for the final stretch. In the first 8 weeks your body is changing even if you can't see it.

    Just to emphasize again.....the carb cutting is only useful when you have that final few pounds of bodyfat to lose. For example.....lets say you have a goal of losing 50 pounds which is not unusual for many people. You've been on the program for 8-9 weeks and you've lost 20 pounds which is very good. It is not necessary to cut your carbs at this point......just continue the program as you are doing. At the end of you challenge you have come a long way but in your  mind you are not where you want to be so  after a bit of a break you do a second challenge and your progress continues. As you near the end of your second challenge you may have lost a total of 40-45 pounds which is fantastic. are left with those final....stubborn last 5-8 pounds. It is at this point that cutting carbs can really help bring out those cuts/veins and abs. Hope this helps. All the best.

    fit4life "The dream must be bigger than the pain"

  • I've had others tell me to cut carbs in the last few weeks.  Or to cut at least the starchy carbs like potatoes and beans and replace with fruit.   It's not a good idea for me with my hypoglycemia though.   I'd also be curious to know if once you add the carbs back if you put those lbs lost back on?   I'm not entering the official challenge so I don't have the pressure of losing a few more lbs to for the picture.

  • I find that little or no carbs gives me a headache and makes me crabby and tired.  Heather- thats a good question- as soon as you ad the lost carbs back to your diet, do the pounds jump back on??

    Stacy Lynn

  • Great question. I think it's always a good idea to eliminate the starchy/fruity carb for the final meal (6). I just don't think carbs before bed are going to help bodyfat loss. When I'm done this challenge I will probably add some starchy/fruity carbs to meals 4 & 5 again but continue to eliminate them for meal 6. I will let you know how it turns out. As for now the plan is working great! Right now a typical meal plan for me is meal 4- chicken and veggies......meal 5- egg white & spinach omlette.....meal 6- Casean protein shake (casein is a slow digesting protein that is good before bed). All the best  girls.

    PS I'm not on an official challenge either.

    fit4life "The dream must be bigger than the pain"

  • but  does not having enough carbs effect you??

    Stacy Lynn

  • Stacy Lynn - bear in mind that each one of us are on a path of discovery, and, it is to be expected that we will experiment/trial and error to get certain results.

    And, what works for MR. Fit4life, may not work for you, or me. Or, maybe it does.

    The fact is, the last 5 to 10 pounds are the hardest to get rid of, or burn off.

    So, it stands to reason, that a little experimentation by each individual will place them on a path of discovery of what works for them - to get those last few pounds off.

    I understood clearly what was being said. Stick to the portions and authorized food list. But, when you get to the last few weeks of the challenge, and there is still the last few pounds hanging on for one reason or another, to stimulate results, there may be a need of some adjustments to experiment and discover what really works on our individual needs - to cut the last few pounds, at the end of the challenge.

    Probably the last 2 to 3 weeks of said challenge.

    It makes perfect sense to me.

    "What you put in, is what you are going to get back."

    - Terry

  • Well said Terry. Stacy....I do believe that I am actually getting enough carbs during the day. My first 3-4 meals always contain oatmeal/yams/fruit/pasta etc. I am a big fan of "natural bodybuilding" and one of my favourite natural body builders is Tom Venuto who wrote the book "Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle". In the book he talks about a dieting principle called "calorie tapering" which simply means that we eat most of our calories during the first half of the day and then taper them off in the late afternoon and evening as we approach bedtime and the way to do this is through adjusting our carb intake but leaving our protein intake the same. It works well for me and I think others could benefit from this also.

    PS I'm really enjoying the feedback on this.

    fit4life "The dream must be bigger than the pain"

  • My husband and I were just talking about this last night. I was mentioning to him that although I am definitely seeing results, I am not getting as lean as I would have hoped. I am only in week 7 at this point but he said, like you did, that maybe cutting carbs in the last meal or 2 would help. I have done low carb before and my body always seems to respond well. I am down to the last 5 or so lbs. to lose and would really like to see it gone by week 12.

    The only thing that can stop me. . . . . . . . . . is ME!!!!         JEN

  • I can't cut carbs.  I'm hypoglycemic and they are vital to stabilizing blood sugar.  That's why I question if it's good to cut them out of the last meals.  You don't want your blood sugar to dip which is why you eat a balance of protein/carbs with every meal.  So going essentially 1/2 the day and all night without carbs wouldn't you drop your blood sugar and cause your body to panic slow your metabolism?  

    I'm just trying to understand the logic behind cutting them.   I too have another 5-7lbs of fat I'd like to drop in the next week and a half.  But not at the risk of disturbing my metabolism that is finally working properly.   I am thinking maybe I'll just switch up which carbs I eat.   Which carbs are better than the others?  I know cutting bread is a good idea.  Are there any that are "better" than the others?

  • Heather: From all that I have read.....and that includes from many natural bodybuilders who are getting ready for a competition they cut out all fruits in the final weeks of contest prep because of the sugary content and eat only carbs like oatmeat...yams....some whole wheat bread and pasta along with a lot of veggies. I really want to see you do well.....I'm rooting for you. Hope this helps.

    fit4life "The dream must be bigger than the pain"

  • Heather,

    I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia 15 years ago and know, without a shadow of a doubt, that it is protein that stabilizes our blood sugar. If you eat veggies for fiber along with your protein, your blood sugar will be perfectly stable. Because our bodies do not process carbs correctly, we see an excess of weight gain, especially around our midsections. Your pancreas is over-producing insulin when you eat carbs, so if you were to eliminate them for meals 4, 5, and 6, I believe you will see a huge difference AND feel great.  The fiber from your vegetables will give you longer-lasting energy you might lack if you were to only eat protein.

    I have been debating cutting out carbs after 4:00 pm because I'm not seeing the kind of fat-loss I'd hoped for and I know that, being hypoglycemic, cutting back on the carbs makes a HUGE difference. Hope this helps~


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  • Fit4Life - thanks!  I may try limiting my carbs to oatmeal, sweet potatoes, strawberries and cut out the higher sugar fruits and sugary carbs like milk & yogurt.

    Erin -   Thanks for the info....I do hold weight in my abdomen and now I think I'm going to make another call and address this new info.    I'm reactive hypoglycemic which may be different than you...are you reactive or functional?   The diet my dietitian advised is almost identical to BFL.  I am to avoid simple carbs & sugars and eat low GI complex carbs and protein and lots of high fiber veggies.   But I was told in no way to do a low carb diet....just to make sure to eat the right carbs as the combo of the protein and the complex carb that is broken down slowly are what stabilize blood sugar.   It's funny even when you google hypoglycemic diets you get conflicting info.    Might need to contact a few dietitians and see what each advise.  Interesting for sure!

  • I guess these are my questions that I'm still trying to get answered: (and the reason why I ask is because I want to try this my last 2-3 weeks)

    1- Do YOU get headaches from the lack of carbs?

    2- Does the fat pile back on once you start adding them back in slowly?

    I just would like more info so I won't be surprised by the effects. :)

    Stacy Lynn