What is Carb Cycling?
The world of fitness has what seems to be a never-ending list of ways to get in shape. There are hundreds of workout routines, and diets that are all attempting to become the dominant force through large scale marketing and advertising strategies, but is there a more natural way to get in good shape without having to buy expensive memberships, specialized videos and workout equipment? To put it simply, carb cycling is a system of alternating your levels of carb intake.
After a two year long battle with daily headaches, high blood pressure and a neck injury that has prevented me from doing the exercise I love.......I gave up on exercise all together! I was mad, hurt and in daily pain! My spin classes were my passion, my flow and certainly motivating others kept me motivated to be my best! I haven't been my best for over a year!
Now I am back, back to exercise, back to eating low carb, no dairy, no sugar!! Most of all back to the gym......with a realistic goal of losing 2 lbs a week.......I started 2 days ago........GOAL ATTAINED 2lbs already this week! CARB CYCLING WORKS......here is how you can do it too!!
What Is Involved
Most of the carb cycling diets appear to share some relatively similar attributes. Most will include 5 meals, with the first of the 5 taking place no more than 30 minutes after you wake up. The rest of the meals will be eaten at 3-hour intervals through the day. The most important thing about those meals is that they have to be the right types of foods for your diet, and you must drink at least one entire gallon of water within a day. These attributes make the diet somewhat easy to follow and easy to plan for through the week.
How It Works
The food that we eat contains the very building blocks of which we’re made. The foods we eat are broken into groups such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Each of these foods has a specific relationship to our body and how we eat them in which sequences can produce both desired and undesired effects. For the purpose of this diet, you are trying to establish a healthier system so that you can get more of the positive effects of being in better shape. Proteins are powerful and burn longer than carbs, but carbs are needed to regulate the blood sugar so balance is very important and regulates fat burning and storage.
The Big Picture
The point of keeping track of the process of fat burning and storage, is to utilize the body’s natural ability to adjust itself based on what you put into it. When you train your body to metabolize fats at a highly efficient level, and lower your calorie intake the following day then your body will continue to burn fat at that level resulting in weight loss. Over time, the continued cycling will optimize your body's ability to digest foods and distribute energy to the appropriate areas.
What are the Benefits?
Even though it can be very hard to have a high level of discipline with some habits, it’s clear that hard work can yield some very amazing and exciting benefits in life. This is especially true in matters of health. The practice of carb cycling has been proven to be an effective way to improve multiple areas of health in the body and many of these can go far beyond the most obvious aesthetic improvements. The purpose of this article is to explore of few of the benefits so you can see exactly why carb cycling has become so popular.
The most known side effect of carb cycling is weight loss. This takes place because the practice of carb cycling can help make your metabolism more efficient. Through the week, you alternate the levels of carbs that you intake, resulting in a state where your body is less likely to hold onto extra energy in the form of fat storage.
The other part of increased energy use, is that you will have more available energy during your day. You probably aren’t going to be feeling as much lethargy when you’re doing a cyclical diet such as this because all of your energy is more accessible, and instead of storing the energy as fat, if goes right back into your system to feed muscles and keep your body moving.
Better Insulin Sensitivity
Insulin helps to regulate fat storage. When you low carb diets, it is easier for your body to know when it should be storing energy or burning it. This increased amount of efficiency helps you to stay in shape, and keep you feeling ready for whatever might come up in the day. This also protects your organs from damage when eating can cause unhealthy extreme insulin spikes that are too mushy for the organ tissues to deal with.
Lean Muscle Mass Growth
When you have more functional insulin sensitivity, it can help you to gain and keep lean muscle mass, which would otherwise be used as an energy source. Keeping carbs in the diet and cycling them can help supply your muscles with glycogen so that they can stay fed and fully formed instead of becoming the thing your body is feeding on.
Everyone is different so experimenting with different types of carb cycling might be a good way to find what works for you. Read More about the different types of carb cycling in this recent post!