Low- Carb and Refeed Days.

Answered on August 28, 2013
Created June 09, 2013 at 12:34 AM

For the past month I've been doing VLC, possibly ketogenic( I don't know because I knock myself out of it with carbs on the 7th day.) I do feel amazing though on LC and workout 5-6 times a week, with no dips in energy. On the weekends I like to indulge in a a little "paleo friendly" cheat meal. That means some type of treat with addition to a sugar like; Mayple Syrup, Honey or coconut palm. I know, some people do carb reefed days, but I'm not really big on sweet potatoes anymore. Nor did I ever eat a lot of fruit.

I guess my question is, is having sugar the same as carb loading? For example, I made a paleo cake this weekend. Saturday I ate one half and sunday I ate the rest. The rest of the week is super LC for and almost strict paleo auto-immune protocol. On my LC days I'm normally eating lots of fish, omega-3 and grass fed beef along with veggies and healthy oils. My weight has been fine. I'm 5'7, 140 and having a binge meal on the weekend does fluctuate my weight at ALL. My only concern was that I used to have rosacea pre-paleo. Since going gluten,grain, dairy and low carb it has diminished completely. Still, eating sugar on the weekends freaks me out a bit. I never get a flush or any symptoms like I used to get pre-paleo, but I don't know... I guess I'm scared to do anymore damage to my digestive system. Is there a risk of eating "too much sugar at once" even though I just eat low glycemic veggies and fats all week.

For the record my rosacea is completely GONE since eating a high fat paleo diet. I'm trying to go gluten free for the rest of my fricken life!!(I feel as if I'm gluten sensitive, hence why I used to have rosacea.) I also feel lethargic and have some IBS symptoms whenever I over do the carbs. Used to have a bit on candida. It has gone too.

Like I said, weight is not my issue. I'm pretty disciplined, so once the weekend cheats are over they are "OVER". I don't let myself get addicted to carbs. That said, sugar still scares the shit out of me. But I like to have a cheat once in awhile and I'd like to do it gluten and dairy free. I also notice at the end of the week, after doing VLC all that time, my mood dips and I have trouble sleeping. Which is weird, cause lets say I do 50-100gs of carbs a day I'll sleep like a baby. It's only when I go really low carb and towards the end of the week, I tend to stay awake.

Wow, that was a lot of useless ranting lol. Was there even a question on there? I guess what I'm asking, is it okay to do "somewhat" of a sugar binge on the weekend. Not an ALL day thing. But like I said, I usually bake a cake, eat one half of it on saturday and the other on sunday. It can be a lot of sugar for two meals. Am I doing myself any harm?

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on August 28, 2013
at 03:36 PM

I think that, if you are concerned about your rosacea, it doesn't seem like this is a problem. I mean, if you ate a whole cake in two days with no bad results, I'd say you will be fine.

I tend to have a similar eating schedule as you with low carb during the week (with all 5 days working out) then weekends are more relaxed and tend to have some carbs thrown in there. Albeit I don't do heavy sugar still, it doesn't seem to have a negative effect on me either.

In regards to your poor sleep at the end of the week...why do you go VLC at the end? Just keep up the carbs to 100g or w/e works and keep that good sleep goin!



on July 31, 2013
at 10:50 AM

The only thing I'd be concerned about would be the effect on your insulin sensitivity. I'd prefer to 'carb-load' with low GI carbs, like sweet potato and bananas rather than sugar, purely so I don't mess with my blood sugar too much. A lot of studies linking insulin with degenerative diseases, all concluding that it's best to not eat refined carbs (including sugar).

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