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Carb Cycling: The Truth

Carb cycling is a great way to shred belly fat and involves the strategic manipulation of your carbs.

By optimising your carb intake, you can increase weight loss, muscle growth, health, energy, sports performance and of course, shred dangerous belly fat.

Carb cycling can either take place on a weekly basis or over a more prolonged period such as several weeks of high carbs followed by several weeks of lower carbs.

You should always consult an expert before trying any form of large dietary change. There is a lot of misinformation, particularly on the internet so it's really important you speak to someone who knows.


So, what is it?

As the name suggests, carb cycling is a technique whereby carb intake is manipulated on either a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

The idea is to strategically plan and place your carb intake around their usage. For example, a weekly carb cycling diet may have a higher carb intake on high intensity training days, such as legs or a full body workout.

In contrast, a lower carb or possibly even a zero carb approach may implemented on rest days or days only involving light exercise, as there will be a lower requirement for carbs.

By tailoring your carb intake, you can still reap all of the benefits carbs offer without any of the negatives that are associated with a chronic low or high carb diet.

As mentioned above, the main benefit of cycling your carb is you get to reap the benefits of optimal carb intake, whilst avoiding the issues associated with a sub-optimal intake.

If you have a basic understanding of physiology and metabolism, this approach will make a lot of theoretical sense.

For example, does it make sense to have the same amount of carb when you are performing 90 minutes of weight training as you would when you are sitting watching T.V all day?

There is no one fixed or set approach when it comes to carb cycling. Ultimately, it depends on several factors such as your goal, workout regime or carb tolerance.

One of the simplest ways to implement this is by tailoring your carb around your training intensity and muscle group. For example, you may choose to do 3 high carb and 4 low carb periods per week.

In summary, if you are overweight and your main goal is fat loss, do more low-carb days and less high-carb days. In contrast, if you are a lean bodybuilder / athlete, do more high-carb days and less low-carb days.

Furthermore, I recommend you tailor your carb cycling approach based on how you perceive your own carb metabolism and insulin sensitivity to be.

For more information; make sure you talk to Yuliyana to truly explore the benefits of Carb Cycling and any other questions you may have.

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