INTRODUCTION TO CARB CYCLING
WHAT IS CARB CYCLING?
A carb cycling program is an intentional variation of carbohydrate intake each week. Most carb cycling plans consist of high carb days and low carb days. In all of my programs, I base our cycle on the workouts we will be doing to maximize fat burn and energy levels.
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 guys find themselves at one of those weight loss plateaus. For a short period of time a significantly restrictive diet will bring you results. However, over time it will cause your metabolic rate to decrease. Once that happens you will see your weight loss stop and will need to restrict calories 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 suboptimally, 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.