The Skinny on Carbs
We’ve all been bombarded by info about cutting out or at least down on carbs. But the problem with this advice is that it can leave you feeling tired or just make your meal plan totally un-inspired.
Carb cycling is an interesting and more sustainable approach to reducing your carbohydrate intake. Rather than cutting out carbs altogether or loading up on carbs for energy, carb cycling involves occasional phases of moderate to high carbohydrate consumption within prolonged periods of low intake.
Personally, I really like this approach to low-carb dieting. The truth is, your body does need some carbohydrates, not only for energy but also for the proper digestion of other nutrients, like protein.
One other bonus is that carb cycling allows you to enjoy some of your favorite foods on an occasional basis, and helps avoid the frustration that often results from more restrictive eating habits. Just stick to raw foods like fruits and vegetables, quinoa and whole grains, or yams as much as you can and you’re going to be able to fight that flab like the Greek warriors of the Spartans era.
How Carb Cycling Works
Basically, this diet plan works by alternating between cycles of high carb intake and low to moderate intake. The idea behind the plan is that you can create a calorie deficit on low carb days while boosting your metabolism and your energy on days when you increase your carb intake.
Carb Cycling Approach 1 – The typical approach to carb cycling involves 3 days of very low carbohydrate consumption followed by 3 days of moderate to high carbohydrate consumption. But this is only one approach.