I’ve talked before about doing the Carb Nite program (I won’t call it a “diet”, because you’re only meant to do Carb Nite for a limited amount of time and then switch to a more sustainable long-term diet), and, at the prodding of a commenter on an earlier blog post, decided to follow up about it.
The short and sweet: I dropped to 22% bodyfat from about 24% in 5 weeks. Although the scale shows I lost only 5 pounds (coming to about 133 lbs), I must have gained about a pound of muscle to end up as I did.
I also reduced my waist from 29.5″ to 28″, and my “mommy tummy” to about 33″. I still feel I have a few inches to lose in that area, but I’m very happy with my progress.
I’m not still doing Carb Nite. In fact, while I was thinking about this post, I ended up finding someone else’s experience with the Carb Nite diet which was quite similar to mine.
“Polymath Scanner” — I love that name! — wrote a post entitled “Why I Dropped the Carb Nite Solution Diet”, and said:
On Thursday, I woke up and tried to go about my regular day after carb night. I didn’t really eat much, as I didn’t feel hungry at all. In the early afternoon I had an egg omelet as I knew I had to eat something, but it really didn’t taste good to me at all. For dinner I made steak and salad, and even though the salad tasted good I really did not enjoy the steak at all. The whole time I was eating it, my body was saying “Don’t eat this.”
On Friday morning, I once again did not feel like eating so I just had a protein shake but by the time mid-afternoon rolled around I knew I had to eat something.
That’s when it happened.
I went upstairs, opened up the fridge and saw all the different foods I had there which were Carb Nite® Solution friendly and I had everything in there to make a few dozen different types of meals.
I stood there for about 2 minutes, stared at the food in the fridge, and then closed the fridge door with the intuitive thought “I am no longer on this diet.”
And that’s pretty much how it went for me, too — on both month-long rounds of Carb Nite. I lost a bunch of fat up front, then hardly any fat (comparatively) the following weeks, just like Mr. Polymath describes in his post.
Around the fourth or fifth week on this diet, it really did just feel wrong to keep eating the high protein, high fat things all day. I quit the diet both times without having planned to, simply because at a certain point, it felt more right to eat a banana than an omelet for breakfast… and then it felt better to eat some baked yam with butter instead a turkey salad for lunch… and so on.
Interestingly — and I think quite positively — the end result of these two Carb Nite cycles was that it put me at a place where I am intuitively eating around 100 grams of carbs per day without even noticing it. I still have “sugar cravings” that I instantly recognize as a need for minerals (e.g. greens) or potassium. And the small amounts of high-carb foods that I do eat, I find so incredibly sugary that it’s actually hard for me stomach what would be considered a full serving of it.
So that’s it. I would definitely, definitely recommend giving this program a try. You will lose fat and you will gain untold insights about your body that will help you interpret your needs and cravings, no matter what program you’re on.
Oh, and as I wrote in another blog post, I found that being on the Carb Nite program, which is a cyclic ketogenic diet, was not only preservative of breastfeeding, it actually seemed to make my breastmilk fattier (which is good).
Have you tried Carb Nite or another ketogenic diet? Let me know!