• How does Carb Cycling Work?

    Carb Cycle is a technique used by many body builders. They claim it helps them define their physique faster than any other way of eating can. The theory is you eat more carbs on the days you need them most, and more protein and low carbs on the days you do not need some many energy calories.

    To eat in a carb cycle eating plan, you would eat low carb usually for a period of three days. How low your carbs would be are depending on your fitness and nutritional goals. Some people go as low as 50 grams per day. The general recommendation for a low carb diet is between 100-150 grams per day.

    After deciding on a carb goal per day, on days you want to eat higher carb increase your carbs slightly. The recommendation is 50-75 more grams than you eat usually. This will be enough to give you more energy from those extra carbs. The theory behind carb cycling is the increase in carbs every few days will give you enough energy that you will be able to go a few days of low carb eating.

    Another reason this method is usually recommended is it works. It is so much easier to eat say two or three low carb days when you know you have two or so more day until you can eat more carbs. It is considered one of the more sustainable way of eating.

    You can expect when you first start to eat low carb to be hungry often until you get used to eating much less carbs. You can also experience moodiness and irritability while getting used to low carb eating. Experts claim that no one should consume more than 50% of their calories from carb sources. A good rule of thumb would be 50 grams of carbs on your low carb days and 40% of your calories from carbs on high carb days.

    Carb cycling is a plan that will help you diet more effectively and learn that ‘cheating’ on diets can actually help your weight loss. It allows you to let go of the diet plan and embrace eating a way for the rest of your life. This will help you stop yo-yo dieting and start a life of being fit, healthy, and most of all happy with your weight.