Ok – I had both good and bad results from carb backloading, so I’m going to customize a bit.
I was trying the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet approach, which has worked for me in the past. Essentially you do very low carb for 2 meals and then you get a free meal, preferably at dinner. Guess both me and my pancreas are getting older so I had some issues this time.
The good part: I LOVED that I had no appetite and lost 4 lbs in 4 days. Sweets and packaged foods lost their appeal. My cognition/focus improved as well.
The bad part: Occasionally dehydrated, dizzy, hypoglycemic.
What I SHOULD do is just cut back my carbs gradually down to about 50-70 net carbs/day. It worked for me before. But I’m really sick of tracking. Plus I’m going on vacation soon.
It didn’t work when I had my carb meal at breakfast or dinner, but lunch seems ok. I think also I was having fruit, starch, a drink and dessert all at once and my insulin spiked too high then my blood sugar crashed later.
There is a newer version of CAD called the Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan Program (CALP) that advocates a more moderate approach. Having basically a regular meal that includes protein and veggies 1/3 each and only the remaining 1/3 is glycemic carbs. I think fat would also work to give more absorption.
So for now I’ll try it again with a carby treat meal (like gluten free pizza) really just once or twice a week and otherwise a normal meal plus a little something extra for lunch, or switch to dinner if I have plans with friends. It’s hard to avoid some kind of starch/fruit when dining out or at a friends house, even if it’s gluten free. If I do have dessert I’ll have just a few bites or choose something higher in fat. I’ll avoid more glycemic drinks and stick to vodka/tequila when possible or at least dry wine. Cider really seems to affect my blood sugar.
And if this doesn’t work, it’s back to carb counting!