Lately, social media has put quite a bit of spotlight on carbs. Blaming them for all sorts of health concerns, overall weight gain, and inability to lose weight. Truth is, it’s less about carbs themselves and more about energy in vs. every out.
Try to avoid metabolic damage by fueling your body in correlation to it’s daily output. In order to understand your bodies needs, I suggest you calculate you basic metabolic rate. Once you have an idea of your bodies needs you can add in factors like activity, exercise, and energy demand to figure out your caloric needs. Click here to read a post that covers all the basics. Click here for a step by step guide of how to make a lifestyle change, and begin flexible dieting.
Once you have the basics under control, you have a few more advanced options at your disgression to use to break plateaus. This article will cover one of them, carb cycling.
Carb cycling is a basic nutrition plan that focuses on alternating high-carb and low-carb days. It’s that simple. By cycling through high and low carb days, you allow your body to use all ingested carbs and still need more. When need exceeds consumption, you force your body to metabolize glycogen(carb) stores, stored as fat. The concept is simple because any macronutrient consumed in excess is stored as fat.
In order to lose weight, our bodies need the right combination of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. Protein to build and maintain muscle, carbs as energy to use throughout the day, and fat for basic development and satiety levels. By depleting your consumption, you force your body to tap into stored nutrients for the energy it needs!
By creating a pattern of high day/low day, high-high/low-low, or whatever individual pattern works best for you, you allow your body to create a deficient of a macronutrient forcing it to burn more stored energy instead.
Carb cycling is not a quick fix, carb cycling is science. If you feel you are at a plateau with your current nutrition plan, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss if carb cycling is a good option for you!