What is Carb Cycling?

We have talked about intermittent fasting on my other post and there’s another technique that you can use for your #balikAlindogProgram or slimming program, it’s called Carb Cycling.

Carb cycling is a diet technique in which you’ll plan your meals in extremely high or extreme low carbohydrate consumption to prevent a fat loss plateau and maintain metabolism. The most common and suggested cycle is either 2 of these plans, so if I weigh 143.3 lbs here’s the carb consumption that I will take:

  • High-carb days – days of your week plan where you can eat more carbohydrates also known as “cheat-day”, usually your carb intake is around 2 to 2.5 grams per pound of body weight. This cheat days for me means I have to consume 358.25 grams of carbs.
  • Low-carb days – this one is the “moderate” plan though for those that are new to carb-cycling and those who love to eat this is still a struggle. Carbohydrate intake on these days should be around 0.5 grams per body pound. So that means for these days I must be taking around 72 grams of carbohydrates.
  • No-carb days – no carb days doesn’t mean that you will not take any carbohydrate because I think that’s impossible unless you’ll not eat, but this means that you can take around 30 grams of carbs only for the whole day.

 

Why Follow this Technique?

Carb-cycling diet is a technique to manipulate our body’s metabolism. Carbohydrate is the fuel for our body to function and for the muscles to grow and function. Carbs are an essential macronutrient to us, however, too much of it could have a negative effect.

If for example, this is your week plan that you will have high-card days on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, then low-carb days on Thursday and Friday, no-carb days on Saturday and Sunday. High-carb days or your cheat day is for your body to acquire necessary carbs to build for the whole week and this time is where body fats are fed with glucose to store too.

On the low-card days as well as the no-card days, carbohydrates are scarce which could be enough or even less for the body to use therefore our body will automatically utilize the stored fats to continue its daily function and therefore maximize the burning of fat cells as well as avoid a plateau.

Similar to intermittent fasting, this diet technique is an advanced version and must be executed properly and carefully. Research, seek professional advice especially if you know to yourself that you are not that healthy, You know yourself very well so take good care.

 

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