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Carb Cycling 101

POSTED ON July 31, 2012

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Carb cycling is the foundation of what my husband, Chris Powell, and I do every day and with every client.  It works!  I’m going to introduce you to the basics of carb cycling and the four different carb cycling plans—Easy, Classic, Turbo, and Fit—as well as 9-Minute Missions, which work in combination with carb cycling for optimal weight loss results.

First up, the carb cycling basics.

What is Carb Cycling?

Carb cycling is an eating plan with alternating high-carb and low-carb days. It’s that simple. It also has built-in reward days or reward meals (depending on the plan you’re following), so you can still eat your favorite foods on a regular basis. Sounds pretty much perfect, right? You can eat healthy foods, enjoy foods you love, and still lose weight.

While each plan has a different mix of high-carb and low-carb days, each day works basically the same:

  • Eat five meals—no more, no less.
  • Eat a high-carb breakfast that includes both protein and carbs within 30 minutes of waking.
  • Eat your remaining 4 meals—either high-carb or low-carb, depending on the plan you’re following—every 3 hours.
  • Choose approved foods (Sign up on Chris’ website to receive a FREE printable food guide!)
  • Drink a gallon of water.

How does it work?

In order to lose weight, our bodies need the right combination of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. Here’s why:

  • Protein builds and maintains muscles and these muscles burn calories like an inferno. Protein also breaks down more slowly than carbs and fat, which burns even more calories and helps you feel fuller longer.
  • Carbs are the preferred fuel source for your muscles and organs, and they come in healthy versions (vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes), and not-so-healthy versions (cakes, cookies, soda, doughnuts, candy, and many processed foods).  Healthy carbs are also crucial for burning calories, and since they break down more slowly than those not-so-healthy carbs, they keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady, and they also keep your calorie-burning furnace hot so it burns more calories!
  • Healthy fats (unsaturated fats) eaten in moderation help the development and function of your eyes and brain and help prevent heart disease, stroke, depression, and arthritis. Healthy fats also help keep your energy levels steady and keep you from feeling hungry.

So why do we alternate high-carb and low-carb days in carb cycling? On high-carb days you’re stocking your calorie-burning furnace so that on low-carb days your furnace burns fat, and lots of it! This pattern tricks your metabolism into burning a lot of calories, even on those low-carb days. It’s an amazing and well-proven process.

What are the benefits?

Carb cycling has many benefits:

  • It fits any lifestyle.
  • You’ll learn how to shed weight and body fat, and how to make smart lifestyle choices for the rest of your life. This puts YOU in control.
  • You’ll feel better and have more energy.
  • You’ll eat the foods you love.
  • You’ll build lean, strong muscles.
  • You’ll be empowered physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

We’ve touched briefly on carb cycling. Learn more about my four Carb Cycling plans to find your ideal one and let’s get cycling!

Easy Carb Cycle

Classic Carb Cycle

Turbo Carb Cycle

Fit Carb Cycle

We’ve just skimmed the surface of carb cycling here. Get even more details on carb cycling in our books Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution, and Choose More, Lose More for Life

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113 comments

Tracy says:

Love you & Chris! do you have a sample menu of what a week would look like? and for various daily calorie intakes? how do you know how many calories to take per day? and on each carb cycling plan? I think I should be consuming 2250 of calories for my height and weight (I have alot to lose!) I have read both books-I just wish there were sample menus and what & how to prepare the food for that week too! too bad you can’t input height/weight on Chris’ website and a sample meny pops up! thats one for your techy guy :) thank you for all you do. Tracy from Ontario, Canada

Leslie Fuentes says:

Hello! Can i get this in Espanish! cuz I don´t understand a lot, but I thing this is very important and interesting. Thanks!

Tracie says:

I bought both books and then bought another for my sister in the uk, she has lost 82lbs since sept and I have lost 36 I never feel hungry and my cravings have gone. Thanks Chris and Heidi you have changed our lives

Evelyn says:

Hola saludos desde El Salvador,cuando saldrá el libro en español??

Ann Stillman says:

I am doing the carb cycling and had a question about veggies. Do I need to count the calories of the non starchy veggies like cauliflower, cucumber, spinach etc… They state they are unlimited. Just nervous about going over calorie points. Thanks.

Elvia says:

Hi everyone!!! I have been on the Turbo Carb Cycling since January and even though I’ve had some bad days, I have increased my activity level and have been planning my meals everyday and even after doing all this I have only lost 7lbs..what is wrong with my body? why isnt it reacting to all the changes I have made? I think losing 7lbs is wonderful but I would have expected to have lost more by now. Any suggestion on what kind of changes I can be making to help speed up the weight loss.

Lisa says:

Regarding the carb cycle, is there a specific exercise routine that should follow the carb cycling. Or no matter what type of exercise you do either lifting one day cardio another day or lifting and cardio the same day.

Melody says:

I’ve just begun the Turbo Carb Cycling process and so happy! I have to say I LOVE high carb days. Well, I love food period, so these are my favorite. :) But I am having a tough time reaching at least 1200 calories on my low carb days. Is it ok to snack on fruits like grapes or apples on low carb days, or should I veer away from them (other than breakfast) and stick to veggies?

Kimi Martinson says:

Im a nursing mother and am wanting some tips on how to keep your milk supply with working out. Everytime I attempt a good workout it seems that I have a drop in my milk supply.

Heather says:

Hi Heidi! I’m a vegan who wants to start carb cycling. Do I need to do anything different since I don’t eat meat, eggs or dairy? Thanks so much!

Sarah says:

Help! I’ve read both of Chris’s books and I’m having a hard time figuring out how much is too much fat on HC days. I’ve been trying my hardest to follow the matrix but still am clueless as to what the normal fat grams for a day/meal should look like. (I do understand the concept of healthy fats but only on LC days) I’m also having a really hard time eating low fat on HC days and meeting the calorie intake of 1500. I have reviewed the 100 calorie snacks stated in the book but it doesn’t seem to fit the matrix of palm size of protein, two fists of veggies, etc. If I follow that, I’m only getting about 1200 on both LC and HC days. Please help!

Danielle says:

Heidi,on low carb day is it normal to experience low energy?

Marcia says:

I’m type 2 Diabetic. Can I do the Carb Recycling?

admin says:

Take the book to your doctor and work with them.

Elvia says:

I have read the book “Choose More, Lose More for Life” and today is my first day on it but I have notice that even eating every three hours I am very hungry, I know it will take a few days to adjust to my new eating habits but I’ve also wonder if I’m eating enough calories? Also is fruit allowed on the Low carb days?

admin says:

Make sure you are getting plenty of water and that your portions are correct. Also, fruit is a carb so only at high carb meals. (Breakfast on a low carb day is a high carb meal.

Courtney says:

I am a breast feeding mom. I have tried several different diets while nursing and all have affected my milk supply. My doctor wants me to stay around 2500 calories. Would I be able to incorporate carb cycling with this ? What are your suggestions ? I gained 100 lbs with my pregnancy and I have lost 45 in 4 months , but haven’t lost a thing since ! Help!

Aneta says:

Hi, my name is Aneta and I have about 45 lbs to lose. I purchased Chris’ most recent book, read it, created my own food plan according to the book for the classic cycle and posted it on my fridge. Told my hubby to keep me in check. I also entered all 7 day plan into my fitness pal to check my calories and made those my favorite meals so that I can just pick and add instead of figuring out every time what I need to eat. I also printed out all the exercises, and made a schedule for a month of what 9 min Missions are for each day, and shredders are of my choice. I started following the plan on Jan 1st – it’s my fresh clean start for 2014. I know people say Chris’ plan is hard and confusing, but if you really take time to read the book and do your homework of building a plan for yourself, it’s super easy. Just lay it all out on the paper. It’s possible to have your family follow the plan too. I cook the same food for me and my husband, but I eat smaller portions than he does and for example, I add potatoes to his dinner instead of mine. Simply. You just need to be creative :)

My only issue is within me – it’s the determination, discipline, and consistency that is always leaving me when I need it the most, and that’s why I’ve been failing at weight loss before. I don’t love myself anymore because I’ve been starting weight loss so many times and I never sticked with it, but it’s time to change that. 2014 is MY year…

I’m super excited and can’t wait until the next season of EWL starts. It keeps me so motivated, that I watch past episodes on you tube. I love that they talk about nutrition in that show and teach you how you can believe in yourself again. Thank you Chris and Heidi for what you do. :)

Carolyn Smith says:

Hi, my name is Carolyn and I am having such a difficult time. My husband and I are obese. I am tipping the scales around 265-270 and my husband is pushing I think 400lbs. Now our 5 year old son is considered obese. I feel like the worst mother ever. He is only 5 years old and weighs 72lbs. I am trying to cut his portions and watch what he eats but so difficult since myself and my husband are both over eaters. I don’t know where to start. Ikinda know how much we are to have and kinda an idea for the kids but still so confussing for me. I don’t know how to get my family on a exercise schedule. My husband travels 9months out of the year and only home on the weekend and I just recently became a stay at home mom to our kids, 5, 3 and 9months. Money can be tight with one income and I live out in a little bitty podonktown. I hate to cook and need so much help. Please any thing you can do to help would be so grateful!!! Thanks so much and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Ashley says:

Hello Heidi, I just want to say thank you to you and Chris for all you are doing… I have recently started the carb cycling, and the first week went great and dropped about 5lbs, with minimal exercise… The second week started getting to me… I am finding it hard to get or keep any energy… I feel like I am hungry all the time. I’m not sure if my portion sizes are correct or what. Any advice would be wonderful…

Rocki says:

which carb cycle shuld type 2 diabetics follow ?

yVONNE RODRIGUEZ says:

Thank you to Chris and you for all you do. I got used to diet pills all my life, and laxatives and I eat when I feel like eating, breakfast varies like lunch and dinner. Was told lactose not good for my stomach.

Erica says:

Hello,
I just got done reading Chris’s books, I love love love to exercise but am really dumb when it comes to eating. I want to start the Classic Carb Cycle, however approx. how many carbs should I eat on the low carb and high days. Can you break this down for me please?

Sandra says:

On low carb days what foods should be avoided? Does that include all fruits and veggies. How many grams of carbs should be eaten on low carb days and high carb days.

Emily says:

One last question… is it better to eat smaller meals every 2 hours or eat regular meals every 4 hours? With my work day right now, that is my choice. I cannot do every 3 hours during my work day. So I schedule breakfast 1 hour before I start work, break 1 is meal 2, but it’s only been 2 hours by the time lunch arrives, and if I wait till break 3, then I only have 10 minutes to eat the next meal. So it’s easier for me to eat every 2 hours and just have 175-200 calorie meals during work. Is this okay?

Emily says:

Also, I was wondering how much can one expect to lose each week if there are only about 30lbs left to lose? I’ve been losing really rapidly and following all the rules and I’m a bit concerned that maybe it’s too fast? Mind you, I’ve been slowly losing for awhile and seeing a 5lb week hasn’t happened in well over a year, until now.

Emily says:

I have some days that are REALLY long (starting my day at 6am and not finishing till almost midnight) because I’m going to night school. On these days, would it be okay to eat 6 smaller meals (maybe 2 or 3 200 calorie ones instead of 300) instead of 5? I’m SO hungry for my last 3 hours of the day and no amount of water or mint gum is helping because I am legitimately hungry.

Ashley Stephenson says:

Hi, I have been doing the classic cycle for 3 weeks and really noticing a difference. .. I am wondering if I am still suppose to stick with 1200cal on LC days and 1500 on HC days if I’m breast feeding…. I figured you would know if I stick with that or if I should up it so I don’t lose my milk.
Thank you so much your family is awesome, you inspire so many and you can just tell you are really good people :)

Hope your burn gets better soon :)

Admin1 says:

Ashley be sure and check out my blog post about this very thing: http://heidipowell.net/2275/q-a-carb-cycling-while-prego/ And thanks… the burn is getting better every day. :)

Lora says:

Recently purchased Choose More, Lose More for Life and have started doing carb-cycling. Having and then failures with other “fad” diets, I was refreshed at the common sense and real-life-ability of carb-cycling. I have been on the plan for just over one week now and have lost 4lbs, but most importantly my confidence is being rebuilt. Since I am really overweight and the transformation process is going to take time, I am very grateful that you make yourself available to us so keep us motivated and moving in the right direction. Looking forward sharing my journey with you! :)

Cathleen says:

Heidi
Interested in info on your boot camps in Arizona. I have lost 60 Pds in 9 months but don’t have the cardio nor carb cycling down.
Can you send info?

admin says:

We don’t have a “public” bootcamp here at this time. Its part of the show.

Jamie says:

The only problem I have is consuming a gallon of water! I don’t consume a gallon of anything per day! I have to make myself drink!! Help!

Alexa Valle says:

I love reading about and seeing all the ways that Heidi (and Chris) keep themselves healthy and encourage others to do so as well… Being pregnant with my second little boy in 2 years ( had #1 on 8/6/2012 and #2 is due 12/21/2013) I am SO excited, but I’ve also been overweight most of my life, it hasn’t effected either of my pregnancies, but I want to be healthier than I’ve ever been after this baby comes…is carb cycling okay during pregnancy??

Linda says:

I love everything about your diet! It is by far the easiest and best diet out there for the results you want, hands down! But I do have a question. I am a women who eats 1200 calories on low carb and 1500 calories on high carb days. However, if I work out those days and burn calories, do we add those calories or do we just stick wtih the 1200 and 1500 respectfully?

Sharon says:

I’ve been trying to follow the plan for over a month. Just started exercising again – struggling due to hypothyroid, gall bladder issues, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (not supposed to eat carbs at all)and getting therapy for my right knee and heel.

I’m determined to lose 30 lbs, build muscle, lose body fat and start to feel better. I lost 4 lbs and gained them back 1 lb at a time. I’m so frustrated.

I’m using the Bod.e products and following the turbo plan. I need help, please.

Admin1 says:

Sharon be sure and share the plan with your doctor to be sure it’s the right one for you. Kick up the intensity of your workouts if you can. You can do this. It takes time and patience. Hang in there! :)

Dan McClintic says:

I work rotating shifts and sometimes I am up for 18 to 24 hours. So when I eat right after getting up and then every three hours until I hit 5 meals I then have a long time until I get my next meal and end up hungry and worried I might cheat any suggestions.

Jess says:

I would love a post on high and low carb snacks. I am doing great at meal planning but I am getting bored with my snack ideas!

Melissa says:

I just got the book choose more, lose more for life and started on the turbo cycle. For me I find trying to eat every three hours, trying to figure out what foods are low carb or high carb, and making sure I am eating enough calories I am just too overwhelmed!!! I have to say I’m giving up because it’s too complicated and I am constantly hungry which just makes me look for anything I can eat whether it is a good choice or not. I am open to suggestions but really need something simplifed.

admin says:

Have you printed out the food chart on chrispowell.com? When you join the mailing list, you can print it out. Ask questions on our fanpages too for community help.

Heather says:

Question for us women who take way too long to get ready in the morning. How do I handle breakfast when I get up so early? Is it possible to break up breakfast into 2 servings? I get up at 4 and eat breakfast at 5:30-from 5:30 on is perfect for eating every 3 hours but if I eat breakfast within 30 min of waking up the every 3 hours will not work. Any suggestions? Just started reading Chris’s book and getting ready to order me some CHOCOLATE bode shake and some burn. HAS to be chocolate!! :)

Admin1 says:

Breaking up the breakfast is ok. Maybe start with a piece of fruit first thing then have the rest of your breakfast at 5:30. And YAY for the Bod-e and Burn!! Love me some Vemma!

Kris says:

Some info is vague or contradictory between the book, website and app. Is the Bode shake on ok for use at breakfast on low carb days? The app is sending me reminders and tips on the wrong days. I’m alternating high/low carb daily and app is doing 2 days low 1 day high. Frustrating. I would take any advice anyone could offer. I wish there was an actual forum for us to exchange ideas, recipes, etc.

Admin1 says:

Pick one tool and use it. If you’re going to use the app then stick with that one. :) And yes, the Bod-e Shakes are ok for breakfast on low carb days. As for the forum… we’re working on it. :)

Elizabeth Trainer says:

The turbo carb cycling coupled with the BODE products have helped me lose some extra weight, especially blasting through a couple of stubborn plateaus. Have been cruising at a classic carb cycle for a couple of weeks and not really losing, so need to jump into turbo mode again. Looking forward to finally reaching my healthy lifestyle goals. What is the key to successful maintenance?

Pam Karabatsos says:

Hi Heidi,

What do you do when you work 10 hour shifts and barely get time for lunch? My career is in the medical field and we see patients back to back with no breaks except for lunch. What would you suggest? I really like the idea of carb-cycling.

Thanks!

Pam Karabatsos

I have a see-food problem. I see food and I want it. As a Vemma Brand 3 and a half years healthy with my daily nutritional needs met, I want to step it up and carb cycle for life. Heidi’s recipes are a huge incentive to cross over into the light.

Cathy Wanner says:

I started carb cycling about two weeks ago. What a difference! Love you Chris and Heidi! Love your show!!

Anne debisschop says:

Love this carb cycling. I am really trying to follow it. I downloaded the vemme app and follow it all except the bode items (can’t afford them). So excited for the knew book to come out and hopefully the local library will get it in. I am really looking forward to reading it.

Angel Casto says:

So ready to do this! Alyssa’s story has motivated me beyond belief!!! Send that book to me :)

Miranda Caskey says:

Love your blog! This is what I needed to start carb cycling. I would love to win a signed copy of Chris’ book!

April says:

This last week I started having low carb days two days a week, just because I was sceptical. I defiantly see, and feel, a huge difference.

Joanne Mayes says:

I so appreciate the work you do – and all the information you have at our fingertips to use -

I never heard of this before and quite frankly, I’m super intrigued. Maybe I’ve been not having enough carbs? That could explain a lot. A rotation may just be the thing I need! I’m definitely going to research this more.

This is so helpful. Today I’m leading 9 other women, including myself through Chris’s new book. We are together going to take a 90 day challenge following the carb cycle program. Would love to WIN the sign copy of the book to have as one our grand prize giveaways to the top over winner of our challenge group. As a group, we started way back on Jan 20 th with clean eating and we are so excited to know incorporate this method of living into our routines. Thanks for being our inspiration in this new chapter!

Lori Mulholland says:

This is awesome info. I really would like to learn more about it. Thanks for sharing it with us!!

Elizabeth says:

hello my question is how many grams of carbs should I have on a low carb day and how many grams of carbs should I have on a high carb day as well as how many grams of protein should I be having on each day??? Thank

Jodie R says:

I’ve been doing the Fast Diet. I’ll have to buy Chris’s book and try carb cycling.

Amanda Perez says:

This is very interesting to me and I would love to learn more!!!

Caitlin Strayhorn says:

Wow.

Debi H says:

I am going to give this a try :) Getting my shopping list together. I have both of your books on my nook. Would love a signed copy too!

I just read how to do this and I am completely committed to doing it!! I have started walking 3 miles a day and feel like I have more energy. So excited that I have stopped procrastinating and making excuses… the only one I was fooling was myself! Thank You for all you do – I will use to help me reach my goals!! #Committed! #Determinetosucceed!!!

Rick N says:

When I started the Classic Carb Cycle I thought eating 5 meals a day would be easy. I’ve been doing it for 3 week’s (down 10LBS) But I still can manage to get my 5th meal in.

Tammy says:

This is so interesting, I just told my friend about this today and am sharing it with her! Thanks!

Grace says:

Very informative!

Shakira Kelly says:

Really informative. I’ve often wondered about carb cycling. This looks like something that could kick me out of a rut

Tanya T says:

I’ve started this about 4 months ago. I am now done 20lbs. I did back track for a while. But it’s easy to follow. And great meals. Thank you for your daily tips

Janice Hartenhoff says:

Hello! I am just under 400lbs and am struggling to get the weight off. I am following your husbands show, eating up your info on your facebook as well as his page, and watching all the episodes of his show that I have missed. My sister is now on board with me to lose weight so we are starting out at Planet Fitness. I am going to put all this food information to work. I need to get this weight off and fast. I am a single mother to a 10 year old . He needs me to be healthy so I can live longer. I am 45 and I feel like I’m in my late 60′s. I am desperate and determined. I have never known what its like to be healthy and fit. A childhood trauma eats at me a lot even though I try to smile through it. Food has always been the one thing I could count on. Trying so hard to change that. I thank you and Chris for all you do to help us! Love you both!

charlene says:

I love the idea of being able to get the most out of the food you eat and how it can really help you lose weight. I have been overweight most of my life and have always had such a hard time choosing healthy things to eat. Now that I am getting older and wiser lol I have finally been getting on the right track with diet and exercise, working hard doing some HIIT and also incorporating weights into my workouts. I guess its better late then never, and carb cycling sounds like something I would love to try to further my efforts even more,however I have a question. What would you suggest for those who do 12 hour shift work? as well I usually don’t do my workouts till I come home from work on the days I work during the day and around 5 when I work nights?

Brandon says:

Interesting blog

Joann Boswell says:

Can’t wait to try this!

Theresa Jason says:

I have to try the classic carb cycle. Sounds more realistic and able to do. I have to get your book.

Laurie says:

Thanks for the info about carb cycling! I am ready to try it and you make it sound so doable! :)

Allison says:

This is why I want a copy of “Choose to Lose!” I’ve read “Choose More, Lose More,” and I’m in love with Chris’ philosophies, his positive vibe, and his simplicity in carb cycling. I’m soon coming off the Medifast program on which I’ve lost 164 pounds in 18 months, but I know carb cycling is the key to continuing and maintaining my weight loss. Thank you for the information you provide to us people getting healthy and living the lifestyle at home!

My husband and I have joined Planet Fitness to get back in shape, I have been bad about skipping meals. since I have been working on eating 5 times a day and working out, it has helped me fight harder to stay on track and help my husband fight his health issues and depression. I have had to stay busy to keep from being sucked into depression also. Your up beat and inspiring words has helped me work on staying on track.

Kelly says:

So glad to get a chance to read this info! :)

Lauren DeBord says:

I’ve heard about this & I think I might try it. I’m going to Chris’s website to print out the printable food guide & read more on what all the carb cycling entails.

Pamela says:

I feel so silly, I thought carb cycling had something to do with bike riding LOL, oh my goodness, so embarrassed. This sounds like something I can actually do & getting a print out of the foods to eat will make it so much easier for me. I really need it out in front of me to see. I hope I get it, I am not very computer smart, so blogging and go to this web site and that is not so easy LOL I will do my best.Love you guys, love the show, wish you would come to Hamilton some day.

sarah says:

I think I need to make myself a large chart so I can remember to do all of this but I can’t wait to give it a try

Katie says:

I have read the Choose More, Lose More for Life book and I’m one of those people that need a menu for all the meals so I know exactly what to eat at each of the 5 meals, at least for a little while until I get the hang of it.

Linda says:

Like this! I’ve gotten info from Eatology, WhiteBoard Nutrition, I like it as well but they wanted me to be on a “Fast Track” for a week which basically consisted of Protein: 2 oz chicken, 2 oz. turkey or 2 oz. white fish; Carb: 8 C broccoli (raw), 8 C spinach (raw), 24 asparagus sticks, or 2 C spinach (cooked); Fat: 6 almonds. This was for 6 x per day, every 3 hours. There was no way I could do this for 7 days – I barely made it 1 day. Your thoughts?
Then they said, well we have something for everyone & you could do chocolate cake & beer. I said I don’t eat that nor drink beer.

Sophie Park says:

I’ve been doing the turbo carb-cycling for about 3 months and I have definitely noticed changes inside and outside! For low carb I ditch the rice and eat more side dishes and lean protein and for high carb days I would eat sweet potatoes and oatmeal (sometimes white rice if we don’t have the sweet potatoes or if we’re out of oatmeal)with the side dishes + lean protein. I was watching random cuts on Dr.Oz and I found the episode where Chris talked about carb-cycling.

Mandy ell says:

Great information!

Steve says:

Time to get serious, and start cycling.

kim says:

Can’t wait to read more on this… It is very hard to work full time.. raise 3 kids.. and take care of me and working out and eating healthy. This seems like a FANTASTIC easy way to live life and still enjoy on weekends with my family.

Nichole Jackson says:

I love this idea but can’t seem to get the grasp of the whole carb idea. I watch calories but normally go over on protein and sodium. Why does everything have so much sodium??

Michelle Bergeron says:

Thank you sooooo much for this info!!! It’s just so easy when you help us like this!

Kelsey Mullino says:

Hey! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy you guys. I watch and read you alls stuff for daily and weekly motivation. You guys are awesome! And congratulations :)

Rachel says:

I’m wanting to follow in the footsteps of the success stories on the show. This info will be a huge help, hopefully I can make the recipes with a tiny food budget (why is it eating healthy is more expensive than junk food? *sigh*)

Allison says:

I think I’ll try this I’m at a stand still for some reason.

amber dixon amerson says:

Have been following Chris & the show for some time. Still a little confused after reading this. Would love to win the book.

Connie Floray says:

This just makes so much sense. I want to learn more!

Traci says:

I read the first book took notes & got the food I need to follow this lifestyle but when it comes to the shaper exercises I need a substitute for push ups, I have bicep tendonitis with rotator cuff strain so the action of doing the push-up hurts my arm so I know that is no good. Any suggestions for an alternative shaper exercise, Thx!

Emily Auman says:

I found this whe I read Chris’s first book and this helped even oug some questions! Great breakdown!

Kimberly Willard says:

I watched Extreme Weight Loss last night. I chose to watch it because Drew Manning (lives in my neighborhood and he I am friends with his wife) was going to be on it. I have never seen Chris Powell in action until last night. I really like his attitude and the way he motivates people. I am a new fan of Chris Powell. I would like this book and give The carb cycle solution a try.

Ruth Woodhall says:

Thanks for the info, after watching the show, find this interesting. Although, my job sometimes doesn’t allow me to eat every three hours. :(

Zoe says:

Is this kind of diet possible if you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet? Most of the proteins that I consume are vegetable based.

admin says:

Its more challenging but possible. There are some helps in the book.

debra carter says:

I’m down 32 lbs so far would love to have this book.

Joann Boswell says:

Would love this book!

Wanda says:

I need to give this a try and starting eating when I get up instead of 2 or 3 hours after I get up.

Christy Morris says:

This is great! One of my friends started carb cycling and has had wonderful success!

Michele Low says:

For someone who has not carb-cycled before, which one is the best way to ease into it? I am 5’4″ 170lbs and not afraid of cooking and new foods.
Thanks!

admin says:

The Classic Cycle!

Angela Ragsdale says:

I just recently read about this on Chris’s page. However, it does sound a little confusing to me since I’m not one to count or watch for carbs or calories. Usually I just watch what I eat and try to eat more salads, which does get old! Would love to win the book for more insight and help!!

Cheryl Carroll says:

he i how do u no what days to eat high carbs an the day to eat low carbs thanks for the help as soon as I no I am going to start my transformation what would u consider high carb an low carb for me I need to lose 100 lbs

admin says:

Search the blog for “Carb Cycling 101″ to get started!

Cheryl Carroll says:

thanks He i for all ur info I will start trying it on my on

can you post a sample menu? From what I have read here, I am not sure how low carb the low carb days, are and how high the high carb days are. And what is your definition of a portion size?
Thanks for all that you and Chris do for this huge population of people who have fallen prey to the American (food) Lifestyle. :D

Sarah Oliver says:

I’m interested in carb cycling but I still have questions. On high carb days, how many grams is high? And vice versa for low carb days? Is it based on weight? Thanks!

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