When I first started Carb Nite I explained to my friends and loved ones why I needed to indulge once a week and they were all on board. I’m sure at first it wasn’t because they understood why I had shifted gears so dramatically. They were just excited that I wanted to eat out and made it a fun game of choosing restaurants whose menus I wanted to explore. Not only was I able to experience some amazing cuisine, I re-gained a social life that I previously shied away from when food was involved. Mary shared a similar experience, but her switch to Carb Nite also meant enjoying her family gatherings again without guilt. She comes from a large family, who celebrates regularly with copious amounts Filipino cuisine. Using Carb Nite she could easily schedule her nights of carbs around family events and enjoy the delicious food, knowing that it was only going to help her achieve her goals. Sounds like a win-win, right?!
The real life cookie monster.
|If no one saw me do it, it didn’t count, right? I’d sneak out of my room in the middle of the night and steal my roommates cookies. I’d plan to run it off at the gym the next day anyways, so what harm is there in a few cookies? Eating cookies wasn’t the problem. It was my behavior around the stealing of cookies that was cause for concern. The reason most people fail at diets is their restrictive nature. The Carb Nite Solution® gave us what we were missing – a solution to the biggest problem with fat-loss programs – a night of delectable carb consumption without the guilt!|
It works by eating ultra low-carb for up to 7 days, which has a long list of benefits in of itself which you can read about in What is Ultra Low-Carb (ULC)?
Then, it’s the moment so many wait for – Carb Nite. On the evening of the 7th day enjoy some of your favorite carb-rich treats, providing you with a necessary insulin spike that revs metabolism.
Excerpt from The Carb Nite Solution® –
“Carb Nite is about the treats and sweets because carbohydrates matter most. Rising insulin levels in response to all the sweet, sticky, crumbly carbs is the secret behind Carb Nite’s magic. Anticipating this opportunity to feast and enjoy what seems like a break from the diet, you find yourself noticing all the things you’ve given up… (over the last nine and a half days.) You’re about to enjoy them all and you know it’s a necessity. Your success depends on a full enjoyment of Carb Nite. What many consider a set back on any diet, a pleasure plagued with never-ending guilt, instead creates the hormonal afterglow essential for the success of this diet—the reason for calling The Carb Nite Solution® a powerdiet.”
Why High-Glycemic Carbs work…
“…a low-GI (Glycemic Index) diet fails to spike insulin levels, causing metabolism to slow over the years and body fat storage to increase.”
Our goal is to keep metabolism up.
Eating high-GI carbs once a week in the evenings creates that perfect insulin spike needed to extend our bodies ability to burn fat. It’s just an added bonus that most high-GI foods are generally the sweet treats and “naughty” carbs that we were previously told to never have!
“An insulin spike, however, only temporarily stops fat burning, but the resulting hormonal afterglow accelerates body-fat burning for days.”
Sound too good to be true? Mary and I felt the same way after hearing it the first time too! But after years of strict low-fat, no cheat-meals and endless hours spent in the gym with little to show for it, we were open to trying something new. Plus, it’s hard to argue something as well-researched as The Carb Nite Solution®. With thousands of references from 20,000 plus research papers, Kiefer did the work and we’re so thankful that he did!
The knowledge Kiefer shares in The Carb Nite Solution® is invaluable.
To fully understand the reasons why this works, and so why many other “diets’ don’t, reading the book is a must! No two bodies are alike and we all have different goals we’re working towards. It’s important to remember that with any program there will be variability in how someone approaches it. After reading the book don’t be afraid to experiment . Take the opportunity to listen to your body and learn from it by the food choices you make on both your ultra low-carb days and your Carb Nites!
Why do we love Carb Nite?
One word – FREEDOM.
It’s more than having the freedom to eat whatever we want one night a week. It’s the psychological freedom of knowing that we’re not restricted all the time. We can enjoy yummy treats that help us achieve the results we, and so many others want.
Carb Nite is NOT a cheat meal. It’s a necessary tool to boost metabolism and regulate hormones.
Working in the health and fitness industry for the past decade taught me a lot about the mental stresses that accompany most “diets”. As soon as we’re told not to do something or not to eat something, that’s all we want. It becomes a battle of what we think we want more – the immediate gratification of something yummy “off plan” or the satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment that we’ll feel once we’ve reached our goal. It’s a tricky game that many struggle to play and is often the reason people fail at traditional diets. With The Carb Nite Solution® we don’t feel the need the cheat simply because we’re suppose to have a night of yummy carbs. In fact, it’s a necessary for success.
Why it works for us personally…
We talked about how “cheat meals” negatively affected us back in our “clean-eating” days in the Why We Switched from Low-Fat to Low-Carb post. Our diets were so strict that even just the thought of having a cheat meal left feelings of guilt. The aftermath of actually having one was followed by feelings of defeat and an immediate need to “fix” the damage, which more often than not resulted in cardio marathons. I remember one fitness friend advise me that for every drink or shot of alcohol I had I should do an additional 45 minutes of cardio to my normal routine. Ugh. Talk about buzz kill. Not that drinking alcohol was on my to-do list. But being scared to partake in a celebration of some kind with a glass of wine left me feeling like an outsider.
Pre-Carb Nite Mary and I both dreaded going out to eat. We were hesitant to say yes to friends when they invited us out and attending social events like birthdays, etc was more of a stressor than it was fun. For me, the majority of my eating-out experiences pre-Carb Nite meant meticulously scanning menus ahead of time to ensure I could order something “clean” or worse… I became known for having perfectly-portioned food tightly sealed in a little zip-lock baggie which I stored in my purse.
When I first started Carb Nite I explained to my friends and loved ones why I needed to indulge once a week and they were all on board. I’m sure at first it wasn’t because they understood why I had shifted gears so dramatically. They were just excited that I wanted to eat out and made it a fun game of choosing restaurants whose menus I wanted to explore. Not only was I able to experience some amazing cuisine, I re-gained a social life that I previously shied away from when food was involved.
Mary shared a similar experience, but her switch to Carb Nite also meant enjoying her family gatherings again without guilt. She comes from a large family, who celebrates regularly with copious amounts Filipino cuisine. Using Carb Nite she could easily schedule her nights of carbs around family events and enjoy the delicious food, knowing that it was only going to help her achieve her goals. Sounds like a win-win, right?!
Carb Nite gave us more than the freedom to eat foods we previously shied away from. It opened to door to understanding how our bodies work and how we can use our favorite foods to achieve the health and aesthetic goals most people seek. We’ve definitely had our fair share of epic Carb Nites and perhaps a few where our eyes were bigger than our stomachs! The variety of treats we can have without guilt has also made for some delicious food discoveries. I’ve been Carb Niting it for almost 4 years now and it took some experimentation to find what works for me and my goals. I’ve learned more about my body and what it needs vs what it wants while following The Carb Nite Solution® then on any other program, ever. It’s easy to modify the way I eat for any new goal I choose to take on. It gives me what I need while still enjoying what I want. What more could I ask for?