Carbohydrate cycling is an approach to dieting that involves the manipulating your metabolism and hormones by varying your carbohydrate intake.
Carb cycling alternates and mixes higher carb days with lower carb days to promote weight loss without the negative effects of a strict low carb diet plan.
Carb cycling is a complex and planned program that usually includes three types of “carb” days:
Why Cycle Carbs?...
Carbohydrates directly influence hormones, and hormones influence weight gain and weight loss.
High-carb days promote anabolism, you are feeding muscle growth, energy and replacing depleted glycogen stores.
These are accomplished by influencing your testosterone, insulin, and cortisol levels.
On your low-carb days and occasional no-carb days you are promoting catabolism, you are encouraging fat burning.
Do your most strenuous workouts and training on your high-carb days and your rest and recovery on low-carb days.
The Calorie Deficit
The most misunderstood concept of dieting is the simple equation called the calorie deficit.
Regardless of what any book, celebrity or infomercial tells you, the only effective way to lose weight, that is lose fat, is: to create a calorie deficit!
As an example, if you eat 1500 calories today and burn 2000 calories living, breathing and exercising, you have created a 500 calorie deficit.
Do the same tomorrow and the next day and for 7 days and you will have accumulated a 3500 calorie deficit.
You will have lost one pound.
If you regularly eat less energy (calories) than you burn, you will lose weight, and cycling carbs is an excellent method of maintaining that calorie deficit.
Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss
It is possible to lose weight without losing a proportionate amount of fat.
Initially you will lose water weight from your cells and tissues.
You may also lose muscle mass if adequate energy sources are not available and your body burns muscle as fuel.
To encourage FAT loss, increase your lean protein intake and choose healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
Include cardio training that promotes fat burning and increase resistance training to build lean muscle mass.
Lean muscle increases metabolism as your body burns more calories to support muscle tissue over fat (adipose) tissue.
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