This week I switched up my workout split to try something new. I have a couple of goals I am trying to reach with doing this. One of those goals being to lean out my legs and grow my quads, but in order to do that they need the proper time to recover. So this week I switched my leg days to two days a week, instead of three. This will allow proper recovery for my leg muscles, and since I carb cycle for my nutrition plan, it will make it easier to keep track of what days are high/low.
As I mentioned in my last post post I have been through, and tried, many diets, and nothing worked. I started with eating whole, natural foods and slowly started cutting out all of the negative things in my diet. Processed foods, anything with loads of salt and sugar, specific drinks, etc. This was a really good start for me to learn to like food and become healthier. After coming off of the extremely low calorie, low carb diet I had put myself on for so long, I played around with my macros to see what would work best for my body as I started into reverse dieting. I won’t put any exact numbers in my posts, but the reverse diet was a key to helping me get back on track and head towards a physique that I have been working towards. I didn’t start incorporating carb cycling into this new way of eating until about six months ago. I’m pretty sure Avi has enjoyed this as well, he loves his carbs, so when they are incorporated into the meals I think it helps! Haha
The key to carb cycling, is to not use it as an excuse to fuel your body with a bunch of carbs that are going to do more harm than good (donuts, french fries, etc). We like to switch ours up, but we almost always include complex carbs, we do lots of corn tortillas – that we toast ourselves in the oven, brown rice, quinoa, etc. since leg days are my heaviest days, this is also my highest carb day, because my body needs that extra fuel.
Just remember, do what works for your body. Something may work really well for someone, but it may not be the right fit for you. Don’t give up just because someone else’s way didn’t work for you. There are so many ways you can tweak a nutrition plan and make it work for you. I’m not a dietician, but I have some really great friends who are that can help you with exact numbers and get you on a path to having more energy, more focus, and get the results you want to see. Keep your motivation and determination up and you will be good!
As a side note and speaking of nutrition, we had some extremely ripe bananas in our kitchen so I wanted to use them instead of just throwing them out. I was scrolling through some feeds and found these three ingredient (yes literally 3!) banana peanut butter oatmeal cookies from this blog. They tasted absolutely amazing and were just sweet enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. They had to have been good since Avi ate almost the entire pan right after they got out of the oven haha. Enjoy friends!