For the past 2-3 weeks, my stats haven't moved and I'm getting frustrated. I'm sitting at 168lbs and 34% body fat. So, after speaking to the good people of bodybuilding.com, I am now beginning to contemplate a refeed.

What is a refeed you ask? Well...I'm not 100% sure exactly. That is why I am going to do a bit of research before I dive in feet first.

My understanding of a refeed it that you basically "shock" your system by consuming a WACK load of carbs (clean carbs) to restore your, probably deplated, glycogen and leptin levels.

So what is glycogen? Dictionary.com describes it as a "polysaccharide consisting of glucose units: the form in which carbohydrate is stored in the liver and muscles in man and animals. It can easily be hydrolysed to glucose Also called animal starch"

And what is leptin?  Dictionary.com describes it as a hormone that is thought to suppress appetite and speed up metabolism.

So basically, what I'm guessing is that by restoring these levels (by increasing my carb consumtion for a breif period of time - 12-48hrs) it will "refeed" my body with the energy and hormones it needs to burn fat again.

If I'm wrong, someone please correct me! lol

Anywho, I'm going to do more research and then probably take a crack at it this weekend. I do know that there can be some negative side effects (like water weight gain), but they are temporary...and in my mind, worth the risk.

Stay tuned! I'll let you know how it goes.

K.
4/23/2010 05:35:36 am

I'm still looking up refeeds too! Hmm..

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Maricela
4/26/2010 09:22:49 am

Hi, I connected to your page through BB.com
Congratulations I love the set up.
you've done such a great job ..I am very proud of you. I'm thinking of eating the same thing every day ....is it better for you?

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Kristen Adamson
4/26/2010 11:55:30 pm

Hi Maricela,

First of all, thanks so much for the lovely comment!

I wouldn't say that eating the same this everyday is "better for you", in fact...if you do it too long, I would imagine that you'd reach a plateau fairly quickly.

What I do is I design a meal plan every Sunday that fits my calories and macros, and then I eat that same meal plan for 7 days straight. For me, it is simply easier and more cost effective, as I can plan for the exact amount of food I'll need for the week. Then, when Sunday comes around, I do it all over again with a new plan! :)

I will let you know, however, that I am not an expert at this... this is a journey for me, and it takes a lot of time and planning to perfect it. If you are looking for some professional guidance, I would recommend connecting with Kim LaChance of www.iron-kim.com. She is an online nutritional coach and personal trainer that I recently connected with, and she knows her stuff!

Good luck and thanks for following along!
Kristen

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