Carb Hangover-My Personal Experience
Don’t eat bread. I need to have a flashing light in the house with that message to scare me off whenever I think it’s okay for me to eat a few rolls, pizza, or pasta. I’m not even sure why I do it since eating a ketogenic diet (low carb/high fat) works so well for me.
Even though I know better, the same thing happens every time. I eat a few pieces of bread and it tastes pretty great! Especially when it’s smothered in grass-fed butter with a sprinkling of sea salt. I don’t feel too bad initially. It’s the morning after, when I’ve got a carb-induced hangover, that really hurts and I feel all the negative side effects!
That’s what happened last night and today, I’m paying the price. I figured that after eating really low carb (less than 20 grams a day) and fasting about 20 hours between meals for 10 days, that I had ‘earned’ a little bread. Boy was I wrong!
Winning the Battle of a Carb Hangover
I woke up this morning at 3:30 AM, as usual, and felt the effects of last night’s binge, right away. While I normally feel great waking up, it didn’t happen today. Even though I went to bed early and got about 7 hours sleep, I still feel like I spent the night doing keg stands and funnels.
Fortunately, I made myself stay awake, get dressed, and train. My motto is- No excuses! Nothing helps kick these hangovers like an intense workout and some pre-workout MCT Oil in my black tea! Even though the first few couple sets really hurt, I’m now back to feeling like my normal, fat burning self. The cobwebs in my head cleared, I’m re-energized, in a much better mood, and ready to get after it today.
My favorite workouts for days like today are kettlebell circuits. I choose between 3-5 exercises which target at least 1 major muscle group (back, legs, chest). The heavier the weights I use, the fewer exercises I do, and reps I’ll perform. Sets of 5-8 reps per exercise works great.
Today’s Workout Plan – Total Body Circuit
- Kettlebell squats – 100 lbs. x 5 reps
- Kettlebell rows – 100 lbs. x 5 reps
- Push ups – AMRAP(As many reps as possible!)
Each exercise was done, continuously, without any rest. I did, however, rest about 2-3 minutes between each circuit.
Supplements I’m Taking
I’m keeping my daily supplement plan simple for this month. I’m doing 30 days of Intermittent Fasting and want to see how the MCT Oil, alone, affects my workouts, fat loss, mood, and anything else I might notice.
So, all I’m taking through January is MCT Edge. It’s our pharmaceutical grade, sustainably sourced MCT oil.
I’m taking 2-3 tablespoons a day during this intermittent fasting experiment. The first dose is in the morning, pre-workout; then again later that same morning and early afternoon.
Taking MCT oil, exclusively, this month, has helped me in many ways. Firstly, it’s a great way to help me get into ketosis. The MCTs have also, eliminated any feeling of the ‘low carb flu’ I often feel when getting used to fasting and eating low carb.
If I’m looking for an instant boost of energy, MCTs provide it, with or without caffeine. I really noticed it this morning when I would’ve otherwise really been dragging my but around like I had a ball and chain tied to me!
Last but not least I find that MCT Edge really helps to reduce, if not eliminate, cravings and feelings of hunger. Of course, it’s especially helpful when I’m only eating once a day.
Below are links to two articles about MCT oil if you want to learn more about how it can help you.
What I’m Going To Eat Today
Well, for starters breakfast and lunch will be the same as the last 10 days. I’ll eat nothing and drink lots of water.
I really love eating once a day. It’s frees up several hours of extra time. I also notice that I enjoy cooking and eating dinner more. The food actually has more flavor!
Tonight for dinner we’ll have a favorite: Prime beef burgers with cheddar cheese, bacon, guacamole, and a fried egg on top. It’ll cook the burger and eggs in grassfed butter for more flavor and of course, fat. I’ll post a pic of it to my Instagram account tonight.
Here’s a nutritional breakdown of tonight’s dinner.
- Carbohydrates – Approximately 5 grams (20 calories).
- Fat – 115 grams (1,035 calories).
- Protein – 76 grams (304 calories)
This low carb, high fat, protein rich meal will not only taste awesome but help me feel full and energized for the rest of the night and all day tomorrow. Since it’s very low in carbohydrates and high in fat, it won’t kick me out of nutritional ketosis, for too long anyway.
You may be surprised that I’m only eating 1,359 calories for the day. It surprises me too! Believe me when I tell you I have plenty of energy, to workout hard and get a lot done! You might think the reduction of calories would slow me down, consuming a lot less calories as compared to when eating more carbs, and over 2-3 meals a day. I’m truly never hungry as well. The only cravings I have are cravings from habits!
I think the reason more than a 1,000 fewer calories per day isn’t having a negative impact, is because I’m in nutritional ketosis and therefore running on stored body fat much of the day. With about 15 Lbs. of excess fat to lose, I have plenty of calories to fuel my body. The extra 200 or so calories I’m getting from MCT oil provide additional energy.
It’s also interesting to me that I’m building muscle and getting stronger, even though I’m eating less protein than before I started this diet. I again need to do some more research, but it is my opinion that it’s possible since being in nutritional ketosis has a ‘protein sparing’ effect. This means that as long as there’s enough fat to be used for energy, your body won’t break down your hard earned muscle.
Today is my 11th day of intermittent fasting and low carb, high fat eating. Even yesterday when I ate a little bit of bread, I still fasted for 20 hours and only had about 75 grams of carbohydrates total. I’m super stoked about this and am loving the results so far.
In only 11 days I’ve lost about 5 of the 15 lbs. I’m working to lose and keep off. Just as important, I feel really, really great! Excluding today, I wake up feeling refreshed and have enough energy to work a full day, workout at least once, surf, study, and whatever else my wife and I feel like doing.
If you’re looking for a challenge to kickstart 2017 I suggest giving intermittent fasting a try. It’s super simple, you save money eating less, and the produced, noticeable, results happen faster than any other diet plan I’ve ever tried.
Check back tomorrow for another update.