"Carb Cycling" - Chris Powell

by Diana Labrum, CHt on September 26th, 2014

Carb Cycling - by Chris Powell

Chris Powell is the trainer on ABC's show Extreme Weight Loss. He holds a degree in exercise science. He has devised a plan that he calls "carb cycling". In it he recommends cycling between low carb and high carb day. The7th day is a "reward day". Chris has written several books, "Choose to Lose" and "Choose More Lose More for Life".


The Rules:

Eat five meals

Eat within thirty minutes of waking and every three hours thereafter

Include both protein and carbs in your breakfast              

Drink a gallon of water a day


Low Carb Days  

Breakfast consists of a portion of protein (size of palm), a portion of carbs and as many vegetables as you want.You then eat 4 more times and each meal or snack has a protein, a fat (the size of your thumb) and as many vegetables as you want.

High Carb Days

Breakfast consists of a portion of protein, a portion of carbs and as many vegetables as you want.You then eat 4 more times and each meal or snack has a protein, a portion of carbs and as many vegetables as you want.

Reward Days

Reward days are high carb days. The reward day is designed to help with any cravings for special foods. If the food is a trigger food however, perhaps you will have to give it up.

The concept of carb cycling is to trick your metabolism so that it doesn’t go into starvation mode. Then when you have a reward day it resets your metabolism.



Posted in Healthy Eating    Tagged with carb cycling, chris powell, choos to lose


1 Comments

Joe - October 4th, 2014 at 11:16 AM
I have tried this and lost 5 pounds in a week and a half. There is a set of exercises that go with the plan that take about 10 minutes a day. Like any plan it take resolve to stay on it. Diana's hypnosis cd really helps to stay focused

Leave a Comment