Many people in their late forties and fifties complain that it is difficult for them to lose weight compared to their friends, even if they are of the same age and similar lifestyle. Each person’s genetic predisposition makes the ageing process different and metabolism slows down at a unique pace for every individual. A diet plan with promising results in terms of speeding u your metabolism and achieving better results in terms of weight loss is carb cycling. It is often recommended to people in this age group as an effective alternative to popular dieting styles and meal plans.
If you are new to carb cycling, it revolves around the idea that a few days of restricting your calorie intake, which inevitably leads to a drastic dip of metabolic rate, should be alternated with days on which you consume high in good carbs meals to counteract this effect. For further reading into the mechanism and specifics of this diet plan, we recommend heading over to travelstrong.net/carb-cycling/.
Still a lot of people complain that given the limited choices of foods and having to come up with 5 meal ideas on a daily basis is difficult for them. If you cannot afford to meet with a professional nutritionist, we have compiled a sample meal plan your low carb day. These two meal plans cover your basic nutrition needs and can give you a basic idea of what you need to cover and what you can substitute with similar products.
Layer 1 cup of plain yoghurt, mixed berries, and plain oatmeal in a tall glass for an appetizing start of the day. Use unsweetened yoghurt.
Mash together a can of drained tuna fish (preferably in brine) and half a peeled avocado. Sprinkle with lemon juice, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
Mix together half a cup of broccoli and half a cup of cauliflower, cut into florets and lightly steamed. Sprinkle with a bit of curry, salt and pepper. Add 5 ounces of smoked or baked salmon, broken into pieces. Boil and season brown rice to make half a cup for your side.
Grill a 4-ounce chicken breast and prepare a side of boiled or baked red potatoes, seasoned with a bit of rosemary, chives, dill, and salt and pepper to taste. Avoid sauces and dips.
Make an omelette from egg whites and one yolk (use free range eggs) and chop half a red pepper, half a green pepper, a bit of tomato and some minced greens such as parsley, dill or chives. Mix them together with the whisked eggs and cook in a tablespoon of coconut oil (you can use olive oil instead).
Normally, for best benefits, you should try to squeeze in a workout in between meals 4 and 5, since they provide the necessary energy and nutrition to last you through your exercise routine. Remember to keep exercise light, avoid strenuous cardio, take longer rests between sets and stay hydrated both during the workout and throughout the day.