As people who know me will know I try to follow a Primal style of eating and have in recent months adopted Intermittent Fasting (IF) with some decent results. After hearing about carb backloading (CBL) my natural curiosity and inner geek were sparked into action and I decided to purchase the book and set about learning the facts.
It seemed to fit with my current way of eating and natural sense of whats right so with some tweaks to come into line with the protocols laid out by Keifer I’ll be good to go.
I will be continuing to train early in the morning 3 days a week, which is not ideal for CBL but there are alterations recommended in the book that allow for adaption to a.m. training. In effect this means that I must Carb Backload the night prior to training rather than afterwards. As I train Mon, Wed, Fri this will mean Slamming the Carbs Sun, Tues, Thurs evening. These carbs wil come in the form of Potatoes (both sweet and white) and rice along with some high GI fruits as I want to remain faithful to my Primal beliefs.
As mentioned in my previous post ‘New Year, New Focus’ I will be following the 5/3/1 lifting regime so this should all fit together perfectly, at least thats the plan.
The only downside is the initial prep phase which involves 10 days of eating around 30g of carbs per day, I have already begun this as at the time of writing I am on day 3 of this and just starting to hit the dreaded ‘Keto Flu’ where my body adjusts to running on Ketones rather than glucose, however, this isn’t the first time I have adjusted to running on fat so it shouldnt last too long. I’ve timed this Glycogen depletion to end on New Years eve and hence my starting of 5/3/1 proper on Jan 2nd.
I plan to document my journey on here as regularly as I can as well as showing my results (both good and bad) so if your interested please follow along. Also my good friend Simon from TheWorkouts.com will be following the same lifting program and CBL so please follow his journey also. He has a slightly different approach to me in term of nutrition and doesn’t follow the primal lifestyle and is a big football fan and weekend drinker so it will be good to see that different approach and compare. He is also starting from a much better place than me in terms of body fat, he is at around 7% compared to my 15% so doesn’t need to complete the prep phase like I do (I’d say lucky but he’s earned it).
With all this said the best way to learn about CBL is to purchase the book, this is written by the programs designer himself, it’s where I got all my info from. The book is an Ebook and can be purchased by clicking on the picture below, the amazing thing about how CBL works is you will get any minor updates for free, and major updates at a reduced price.
Thats all for now, stay healthy