If I want to lose fat why shouldn’t I be on Carb Nite?

This wasn’t a question that came up specifically in one of the nutrition question and answers but it ended up being the answer to another question.  Namely should you be on Carb Nite Solution if you are trying to lose fat? That answer can be tricky and I have seen women doing Crossfit gut it out with what they believe is some level of success.  Typically the scale went down and certain parts of them look a little tighter because their inflammation levels were lower as a result of eating less than 30g of carbohydrates.  Here are some of the pitfalls these people run into:

Now realize I am having a discussion about populations that Crossfit and some of these negative symptoms can be lessened by eating more fats but that isn’t what most people do.  They eat about the same fat and try and rely on a calorie deficit to do the work.  It basically becomes the suckiest version of Weight Watchers ever.

1.  They often can’t sleep or have less sleep.

2.  Cardio workouts might be slightly better but during weight training they never feel really strong.

3.  Stress levels are high

4.  Metabolism slows to a crawl

Above is the video where I describe how you can do Carb Back Loading in a moderate way using Crossfit to create a drain on your energy system to get a similar result to Carb Nite Solution without the negatives.  Once again, this isn’t a knock on Carb Nite Solution, it’s a fine diet for some people and I have even had Crossfitters say it works for them.  Overwhelmingly though it’s unnecessary to restrict carbohydrate in an extreme manner with our levels of activity. The end result tends to be a more broken and confused crossfit athlete.




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4 Responses to If I want to lose fat why shouldn’t I be on Carb Nite?

  1. goodwince March 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    I was under the impression that CN Solution was meant to have higher fat intake and not be really all that low in calories. I generally keep my fats high to keep my workouts up, but I’m a strength focus and not necessarily crossfit currently.

    Also, I had tried to look for contact for client information, but couldn’t find anything.

    • Paul Nobles March 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      your impression is correct and it’s the part most people get wrong.

      • goodwince March 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

        What about my second question regarding consultation? Any contact forms?

  2. goodwince March 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I apologize if you’d prefer not to respond since your focus is crossfit, but I’m curious would you think that someone training purely strength (splits) 4-5 days week with weekly sprints should have multiple refeeds per week?

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