I guess you would call my diet a intermittent paleo zone with carb cycling.

With sooooooo much information available these days on nutrition it can be overwhelming to figure out where the hell you should start. I know I’ve spent the last three years trying different diets, and reading articles on new trends, and of course, I’ve used myself as a guinea pig. The biggest issue I see with nutrition is that every single body processes food differently. What works for me may not work for you.

The only way to find out what works for you is to experiment and track your results. Yes, it’s a slow tedious process, and it’s always changing and evolving. I have tried zone, paleo, intermittent fasting just to name a few.

What am I doing today? A little bit of everything…… literally. Let me break it down for you.

I am starting with an intermittent fast. There are two ways that I have experimented with. One is a 24 hour fast twice a week, eating normal the 5 days of the week. Two is an 16 hour a day fast, eating for an 8 hour window everyday and fasting the remaining 16. I prefer eating for an 8 hour window and fasting for 16. My window is 11:00am-7:00pm

Then I eat in a zone fashion meaning I eat a protein, fat and carb at each meal or snack. I eat a fat based zone, high in vegetables with protein as a condiment not a staple.

Then throw in a little paleoish…meaning I’m focusing on eating unprocessed foods. Now a true paleo is no legumes no startches, but I’m not getting that intense. If I can get it naturally from the earth I’m not against eating…. like a bean.

My most recent experiment…..carb loading. What the hell does that mean? That means that for 10 days I’ll only eat meat, vegetables and nuts. Should I choose to eat fruits I’m staying below 30g a day of carbs including my vegetables. On the 10th day I have the ultimate cheat night eating anything and I mean ANYTHING I want, starting another 5-7 day cycle for 6 weeks. This one is NEW to me so I don’t have a ton of information on how it works.

I guess you would call my diet a intermittent paleo zone with carb cycling. Yeah…that’s a mouthful I know, but that’s what I’m doing.

4 thoughts on “I guess you would call my diet a intermittent paleo zone with carb cycling.

  1. Not sure I understand your definition of ‘carb-loading’? It seems the exact opposite of what an endurance athlete (marathoner?) would consider carb- loading. It almost sounds like you are trending toward ketogenesis (super low carb diet) with a cheat day. Maybe I misunderstood?

  2. Nalin….You’re right, it’s not carb loading, I guess its back carb-loading or something like that. I’m working with a friend that set me up on this plan. He’s training for the olympic trials, so I figure if it’s good enough for an olympian it’s good enough for me.

  3. Cool! The Primal Blueprint calls it a “refeed” or something like that. Can’t wait to see how it works out. From what I understand, the high carb day is best for people like you, the elite athlete, not the everyday person trying to lose a lot of weight. Good luck!

  4. So basically the super-cheat day has a benefit? (other than helping you keep your sanity?) Interested to see your thoughts a few months in..

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