Is Clean Keto Carb Cycling Right For You?Jul 14, 2021
Today I'm going to talk about who this is for and not for.
If you didn't already know, I am launching a new program called the Clean Keto Carb Cycling Blueprint which is going to help women learn how to eat more carbs while burning more fat.
If you are interested in this program, click HERE and get on the waitlist.
Why this is important is because I'm only accepting 30 women into the founding member program. So if you want to go through this program at the lowest rate you will ever be with weekly coaching with me, where you'll actually get to build this program alongside me this is a brand new program brand new way of eating no one else out there is teaching this way of eating, then you'll want to get on the waitlist.
Once I send that email out that it's open, as soon as 30 women sign up, I'm closing it off and you'll have to wait until next year when I actually open it to the public.
Let's talk about who will benefit from Clean Keto Carb Cycling, and who will not.
I'm just going to go through a bunch of kind of like checkoff and then while I'm doing that, you can kind of listen and be like okay well that's me that's not me and in the end, I'll let you know if
it is something that maybe you won't really benefit from it yet.
I'll share how you can get yourself ready to Clean Keto Carb Cycling.
Who is Clean Keto Carb Cycling For?
You have completed at least 90 days of Clean Keto and are Fat Adapted
If you have completed at least 90 days of clean keto and are fat-adapted, you will be perfect for clean keto carb cycling.
What does it mean to be fat-adapted? Being fat adapted or keto adapted means that your body has adjusted to the metabolic state of ketosis, and is able to burn fat for fuel.
This is what happens when you have followed a ketogenic way of eating long-term.
It's very debatable about what is long-term. There isn't really a universal law or timeframe, but what I teach my clients inside BSB Tribe is that if you follow a ketogenic way of eating for at least 90 days, with minimal cheats, you will become fat adapted.
If you are fat-adapted you know how to use fat for fuel. We know that your metabolism is able to use fat and ketones for fuel. So now we can work on bringing back more carbs and teaching your body how to be metabolically flexible.
I talked about metabolic flexibility in the five reasons you should clean keto carb cycle episode 45.
The reason why we want to do this is that we want our bodies to be able to use both carbs and fat. There's research showing how the long-term ketogenic way of eating can cause glucose intolerance, and this happened to me.
After eating keto for six years when I brought back carbs, I would get extremely bloated, gain a lot of water weight, and just felt like crap.
That's because my body hasn't had them for so long, I didn't know what to do with them, and we don't want that to happen.
This is where metabolic flexibility comes into play and this is ideally what we want to reach for long-term health and wellness.
You're very active
This goes without saying, but the more active you are, the more carbs you can eat because you're gonna burn through them fast.
Perhaps you are a runner training for a marathon or you're into CrossFit or spinning or anything like that, you're going to be benefiting from adding more carbs into your diet to increase performance and help with your recovery.
Very active women are able to burn through glucose much faster than sedentary women, which means you can increase the number of carbs you consume now, do your clean keto days, and get fantastic muscle gains and weight loss.
The more carbs you eat, the more active you are, the more carbs you can eat.
It's another perk to move your body, for those of you that are like, “I hate working out. I hate exercise.”
Well, do you hate that more than you love carbs? Because carbs are delicious, if you do exercise, you can add in more carbs.
So, to me, this is the definition of what an active woman is. If you are a woman that exercises at least three times a week, while increasing your heart rate to your maximum aerobic threshold, and if you don't know what that is, you want to learn all about it. I do teach that inside of my Weight Loss Program BSB Tribe.
I wouldn't consider someone that does yoga three times a week very active, because you're not really getting a lot of that, your heart rate isn't going up.
If you are doing three times a week, high heart rate type of workouts for at least 30 minutes, I would consider you very active.
If you are very active, clean keto carb cycling is honestly the best choice for you is actually probably going to be even better for you than keto, especially if you are a woman.
You struggle with period cravings and PMS
I talked about this in the previous episode about periods and hormones.
Our bodies change throughout the month.
Especially if you are menstruating, and our diet should change.
If you struggle with extreme period cravings or PMS, Clean Keto Carb Cycling is going to help ease some of those issues.
Once I started keto carb cycling around my period I noticed that my cravings went away, and I no longer had extreme PMS symptoms.
If you've been following my journey you know that over the years, I've experienced a lot of hormone issues due to my high-stress lifestyle from starting a business, being a stay at home mom, all of the pressure of that, you know, household stuff, all of that just combined just led me to have a lot of high cortisol and gut issues, and high estrogen all that put on a lot of weight.
That really caused my periods to become really awful.
I never had a problem with periods, but during the years of my extreme hormonal issues, I started experiencing severe depression. I had terrible cramps, I would get lots of headaches, and so and so and like terrible PMS.
I was like, what is happening?
You might think that all these symptoms of your period are normal bloating headaches, fatigue, but they're technically really not. We shouldn't really be experiencing that much pain and headaches and issues during our period, we've just made them normal because they happen to so many women.
Pain, bloating and headaches are a sign that your body is trying to tell you something.
Anything that happens in your body that is not making you feel good, is a sign.
Weight gain is a sign, headaches are a sign, fatigue is a sign.
Those are all the ways that our body communicates with us.
This is how you listen to your body, it's not like you're going to sit there, and then your body's going to tell you something like, “I need you to stop eating those donuts, Karen.”
You listen to it by the signs and the symptoms that you experience in everyday living.
Slow down and kind of be quiet and listen to what is happening in your body and how you feel.
You need to learn how to listen to your body and one of the ways you can do this is by strategically carb cycling during specific times of the month.
Let's talk about another aspect of hormones that keto carb cycling is perfect for; burned-out adrenal glands and high cortisol.
If you're experiencing high cortisol and you've burned out your adrenals, you have adrenal fatigue (which I know technically isn't a medical diagnosis) it's a thing.
You can burn out your adrenals, whack out your HPA Axis, all the things.
If you have those issues, a low-carb ketogenic diet long-term is not the best approach because it is a stressor on your body.
Incorporating more carbs, especially during the evening, can help bring down that cortisol. Carbs put you in the state which activates your serotonin, the neurotransmitter that helps you relax.
This is a perfect way to strategically carb cycle, especially around the evenings before bed, so that you can sleep better and your cortisol doesn't spike.
This is a special way to carb cycle so you wouldn't do it the same way you would do it if you were active. This is everything I'm going to teach inside The Clean Keto Carb Cycling Blueprint.
I'm going to teach you how to carb cycle for different reasons. I'm going to teach you how to carb cycle for working out, for your period, for hormones, all the things.
You’re done with Keto and ready for a less restrictive way of eating
Another reason why clean keto carb cycling might be perfect for you is if you're done with keto and you want a more sustainable lifestyle.
I have a lot of clients that want to do keto to lose weight, but they don't want to do it as a lifestyle, and I totally agree with that.
I work with many women that are scared to death because they're like, “Okay, I lost all this weight with keto but now I'm really scared that if I go back or stop keto I'm gonna gain it back.”
I'm like yeah, absolutely you will. What should you do? Carb cycle!
You're still gonna have clean keto days, but once you have hit maintenance, which is where you hit your goal weight and you want to stay there, we can incorporate more of the clean carb days and less of the clean keto days and play around with your schedule based on what else you're doing to make sure that you're maintaining your weight.
Doing keto for life is not recommended especially for women.
I highly discourage that. I truly believe that doing keto for so long, messed up a lot of hormones, messed up my metabolism, how I process glucose now, and now I have to do the work to reverse that.
I was so obsessed with keto for six years.
I've been researching a lot about diet variation, and how, you know, our ancestors, change their diets throughout the seasons and all that, yet we as humans, we find something that works for us and we're just sticking to it, like, like a baby with a bottle and we will not let it go because it works, and that's not how as humans, we're evolved to eat.
I truly believe that you should not be doing one diet long-term forever, especially without taking any breaks.
If you are over keto and you miss carbs and starchy vegetables, you can have all of that while Clean Keto Carb Cycling.
If you're almost at the end of your weight loss journey and you're like, now I want to switch over, this would be perfect for you.
If you have hit a stall, and you have tried everything to break it
Clean keto carb cycling is going to help you break your stall.
Stalls happen because our bodies adapt, our bodies want homeostasis. and as soon as we try something, First, our bodies change.
Then after a while, they're like okay well we're used to this, this is what she's doing now, so let's adapt and make this our new normal homeostasis.
Clean keto carb cycling keeps your body guessing because we are always switching things up.
Who is Clean Keto Carb Cycling NOT for?
You are not fat or keto-adapted
If you have not done a clean keto or any type of keto really for 90 days and you're not fat-adapted, do not try carb cycling.
It will not go well for you because your body has not learned how to be how to run off of fat and off of ketones, and now you're going to bring back carbs, and you're just going to confuse all the systems and it's not going to be efficient and your not gonna be able to utilize them as well, and you're not going to be able to be to switch back and forth, which is the ultimate goal.
If you're not fat adapted I would focus on getting fat adapted. If you don’t know how to do this, join my program BSB Tribe. I will teach you how to become fat-adapted, I will teach you how to get rid of all the things that are standing in your way, whether that be hormones, whether that be gut issues, whether that be stress sleep all the things, get yourself fat adapted first, and then you can move on to clean keto carb cycling.
If you have diabetes
I have some clients that have diabetes, and they're just like, oh, I'm really excited about the clean keto carb cycling and I'm like, we'll get to it, we'll get to it, that's like step 69.
That's not what you should be worried about right now. Right now, you need to worry about getting your diabetes in check because again, if you have diabetes, you're very sensitive to any types of carbs, so we want to be as low carb as possible, even fasting, and to get rid of that diabetes.
The same goes if you have more than 50 pounds to lose.
If you have more than 50 pounds to lose, my guess is you're probably insulin resistant or have diabetes, and you should not be clean keto carb cycling, you're just not ready.
Let's work on one thing at a time.
Let's get you out of that red zone so to speak.
You're a couch potato
If you literally spend most of your time in a seat and then you go home and then you go on the couch, you don't even take walks, nothing, and you are not willing to start, don't even apply for the program.
You have nowhere to use those carbs. We still need to use them.
I'm not saying that you have to be like CrossFit and running marathons here for this program, but you need to do some type of physical activity, even if it's just like taking a walk outside, even if it's like, you know, yoga, whatever like you have to do.
You are triggered by any carbohydrates
If eating any carbs triggers you, then you're not ready for clean keto-carb cycling.
There are people that either have extreme carb addiction, they're addicted to sugar, they're addicted to carbs.
It's a very all-or-nothing mentality with keto and then this is like a whole nother episode but if you're thinking that if you're not doing keto strictly then you pretty much just eat the standard American diet, clean keto carb cycling is not for you.
If you get triggered by any carbs, even if you have a bite of potato or some carb meals and then it sends you off the rails and you want to eat all the carbs, you are not ready.
Getting triggered by carbs means that you haven't stepped to the line where you are fat-adapted and you no longer crave them and that you've trained your body to run on fat for fuel, and for energy.
On the other hand, it also has to do with the mental piece of emotional eating and stress eating and how you associate carbs with comfort and dealing with your feelings, and all the things.
If you have a problem with the emotional and mental side, I cover that inside BSB Tribe, which is my weight loss program. Inside the brain course, I will teach you how to stop emotional eating and stress eating and all the things.
If you are triggered by carbs because you haven't become fat-adapted, well I just told you how to become fat-adapted so you can work on that.
You are not willing to track for a month
If you follow me you know my motto is, I help women lose weight without obsessing over calories or macros and that is true and it's never going to change.
However, when it comes to clean keto carb cycling, you will have to track for at least a month to learn what your threshold is with carbs, and to learn how many carbs you can eat to maintain the results and hit the goals that you want.
The only way to do that is to track.
You don't have to track forever.
Once you learn your carb limit, and how many carbs you can eat on your high carb days, how many carbs you should eat on your clean keto days, you know how to incorporate cheat days; I'm going to teach you how to do like a cheat day and how to like get away with it without gaining weight and how to be strategic and the supplements and all the things, so you'll have to track for at least a month, and some of you might even be faster.
Once you learn, then you're like okay, I know exactly how much food or how much sweet potatoes or how much oatmeal I can have, then you don't have to track anymore.
If you are a person that is like, there's no way in heck that I'm going to track or use My Fitness Pal or use any of them, I don't want to mess with any of the numbers, this program may not be a great fit for you.
You know you can track a few times a week, especially if you're going to be eating the same thing you're going to rotate meals with a meal plan that I'm going to offer and everything, it's going to be easy, you probably won't even have to track with a meal plan that I offer, but if you're doing this on your own, you will have to track to know your numbers.
Now you know who Clean Keto Carb Cycling is for and not for.
If you need help getting fat-adapted, managing your diabetes, and removing your carb triggers, you can join my program BSB Tribe to work on that and then switch to Clean Keto Carb Cycling once you have dealt with it those issues.
If you are ready for Clean Keto Carb Cycling, make sure you get on the waitlist for my new upcoming program, The Clean Keto Carb Cycling Blueprint, where I will teach you how you can eat more carbs while burning more fat!
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