INTRODUCTION TO CARB CYCLING
WHAT IS CARB CYCLING?
Carb cycling is an intentional variation of carbohydrate intake each week. Most carb cycling plans consist of high carb days and low carb days. The purpose of the low carb days is to deplete your glycogen stores so your body will dip into its fat stores for fuel. The high carb days offset the glycogen depletion and rebuild your carb stores so your body (and your organs, especially your thyroid) can function at an optimal level. When you pair speed burst training with carb cycling, you’ll maximize your efforts and burn fat longer...up to 24 hours!
WHY CARB CYCLE?
Long-term restriction of carbohydrates and calories can lower your metabolic rate and negatively affect your hormone levels. This is a big reason women find themselves at one of those dreaded weight loss plateaus. For a short period of time a significantly restrictive diet will bring you results. However, once your metabolic rate decreases, your weight loss will stop and will need to restrict even further to lose more weight, thus lowering your metabolic rate once again. Not only is this a terribly unhealthy way to live, it is also incredibly frustrating.
But Isn’t Low-Carb All The Time Okay?
Not if you want to keep your thyroid healthy. People who significantly restrict their carb intake are susceptible to thyroid problems. When the thyroid is functioning sub-optimally, it can cause a host of problems, including: fatigue, cold sensitivity, dry skin, constipation, and even weight gain. Let’s protect our thyroids by fueling our bodies properly!
WHAT DOES CARB CYCLING DO?
Carb cycling allows for planned high carb days that increase your thyroid output and help you control hunger. Because you are cycling your carbs, you will also have low carb days that offset your high carb days. With this type of cycle you will continue to see fat loss, increased energy levels, and improvements to your overall body composition.
Carb cycling improves insulin levels, helping your body to store less fat. When paired with intermittent fasting and effective workouts, carb cycling can help you break through those dreaded plateaus so you can truly look and feel your very best.