Carb Cycling Basics
Carb cycling is the yin to intermittent fasting’s yang in the FASTer Way to Fat Loss. These two strategies combined provide clients with such incredible results that thousands of women have adopted it as their lifestyle - including me! Carb cycling is different from many of today’s low carb/no carb strategies, in that we are not cutting out carbs altogether. In fact, we are able to enjoy all the carbs when doing so intentionally!
What is Carb Cycling?
Carb cycling is exactly what it sounds like: a cycle for consuming carbohydrates. This isn’t a diet, but a rotation of macronutrient intake. A normal carb cycle rotates between low carb days and regular/high carb days. During the FASTer Way to Fat Loss, we cycle between low carb days, regular carb/calorie days and low calorie days. This cycle directly correlates to our workouts so we are not only energized to complete them, but so our bodies burn fat efficiently, which maximizes our results.
How carb cycling works
Your body uses the food you eat for energy. The first place your body goes for energy is its glycogen stores. Carbs are your main source of glycogen, so when you eat a carb heavy diet, you are supplying your body with a never ending source of energy. The problem is that if your body is burning glycogen, it’s not burning fat. When your glycogen supply is depleted, your body has no choice but to reach into your fat stores for energy, which means you become a fat burning machine!
So, you need carbs for energy and for your body to function optimally, but you don’t want to have a constant stream of carbs or your body will continue to burn sugar instead of fat.
Carb cycling gives you the benefits of both eating carbs and restricting carbs without making you feel like you are missing out on the good stuff. It truly is the perfect approach to nutrition for those who want to burn fat effectively.
Benefits of Carb Cycling
Carb cycling is a sustainable way to get results because it never leaves you feeling deprived. Doing 1-2 low carb days each week is not that hard when you know you can eat all the fruits, veggies and even a treat or two on your regular carb/training days. Long term sustainability is an absolute must for those who want to not only lose fat but keep it off-saying goodbye to the yo-yo diet roller coaster!
Improved Insulin Sensitivity.
It is possible that your body could become insulin resistant by following a strict no-carb, low carb diet. Your cells seek to “protect” the body from the rare occurrence of glucose from the minimal amount of carbs you may occasionally digest. A steady state of carbs can cause cells to become desensitized to higher insulin levels leading to other types of insulin issues including: negatively affecting your ability to burn fat and increase muscle mass, type 2 diabetes and various other health issues.
Better Thyroid Function.
Extended periods of low carb dieting can cause your thyroid output to be impaired. This can contribute to a lower metabolic rate, which will inevitably lead you to reach a fat loss plateau. Cycling your carbs increases your T3 output and improves your metabolic rate, helping you burn fat efficiently while building lean muscle.
The benefits of carb cycling make this strategy incredibly beneficial for those looking to burn fat, increase their energy and create a simple, flexible lifestyle that is easy to maintain. While carb cycling may seem complicated and too difficult to implement, it is actually incredibly simple to not only start, but maintain over time.
If you are interested in learning more about this strategy and how to implement it, check out my next round of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss. This program has helped thousands of women burn unwanted fat, improve their energy levels and feel stronger, more fit and more confident in their own skin. The FASTer Way is a comprehensive nutrition and exercise plan put together to help you look and feel your absolute best. It has changed my life, and will undoubtedly do the same for you!