The Importance of Carb Cycling for Fat Loss

Is it your priority to lose weight and to increase muscle mass or have you simply hit a weight loss plateau? Carb cycling is not only excellent for helping you stay lean, sexy, and fit, but it can also offer great anabolic advantages. The carb cycling diet is created to be very accommodating to your body, thus removing the negative effects of low carb diet.

All You Need to Know about Carb Cycling Diet

Carb cycling diet is an efficient way to lose weight. Most people have different opinions about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to a diet plan. However, it is proven that one thing doesn’t work for sure and that is a diet plan where carbohydrates are cut out completely. A healthy diet plan should include carbohydrates, fats, and protein. 

Carbohydrates are made up of fibre, starch and sugars, and for most people are one of the most uneducated of the macronutrient groups. They contain nutrients which can be found in the foods we eat. Carbohydrates can come from many sources such as dairy, fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes, seeds, sugary foods, and sweets. There are two forms of carbohydrates, simple and complex. The body will use what is needed for energy, and store any access as fat. A few examples of simple carbohydrates are soda, baked goods, cereals, juice, white bread, and pasta. Complex carbohydrates hold a much higher nutrient value, are high in fibre, slower digesting, and help manage blood sugar levels. Examples of complex carbohydrates are fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains. Consuming more of the complex and less of the simple carbohydrates is an excellent way to lose weight.

The carb cycling diet includes alternating between high-protein and high-fat meals during non-workout days and high-protein, high-carb meals during work out days. Usually, you’ll have 4-5 workout days a week. During the non-workout days, one should consume 20% fewer calories than normal. During the workout days, the total number of calories one should consume will depend on the individuals end goal. For instance, if your goal is weight-loss, then you should focus on the standard level of calories, assuming you are exercising most days of the week. If you want to keep your weight steady and at the same time lose fat, you should consume 20% above the standard level of calories. If your aim is for maximum muscle growth, you should consume 40% above the standard level of calories. This is a rough estimate, and of course you should speak with a person certified in nutrition before making these calculations. 

A Final Word

Many people ask how long they need to stick to the carb-cycling diet to achieve the wanted success. There are no rules here and you need to stick to it as long as it takes. Adhere to your diet until you achieve your final goal and thereafter. Progress usually occurs between three and six months, depending on your body fat percentage. Remember the most important part of this equation is consistency. You must be diligent each day to see results. 

The quality of the food is extremely important. All carbohydrates must come from fruit, vegetables, unprocessed whole grains, and legumes. With the right diet, exercise, and motivation, anybody can take advantage of the carb cycling diet and get a lean and cut body. 

Yours in good health,

Bree Hunter

 


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Bree Hunter

Bree Hunter is a Calgary fitness model and personal training professional. Since entering the world of fitness modelling, Bree has achieved an extraordinary and unparalleled year-round physique and she is excited to help her clients reach the same levels of success. Bree's drive and determination saw her achieve high levels of success on the. . .

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