What are the benefits of Carb Cycling?

Asked 4 years ago

I have heard that Carb Cycling can be great for weight loss, but I would like to find out more about it. What are the other benefits of Carb Cycling? What is Carb Cycling? How does Carb Cycling work?

Joseph Cooper

Friday, September 18, 2020

Carb cycling is a dietary approach often used to overcome weight loss plateaus. When carb cycling, you will alternate between periods of higher carbohydrate intake, moderate carbohydrate intake and very low carbohydrate intake. The length of the periods is dependant on preference and cycles can be daily, weekly or even monthly. Typically, your protein intake will remain steady while your fat intake changes to compensate for the change in carbohydrates. On low-carb days, the fat intake will be increased. On high-carb days, the fat intake will be decreased. It is recommended that you program high-carb days on intense training days and low-carb days on rest days.

Tripp Brandt

Sunday, September 20, 2020

I typically only use carb cycling with clients who are trying to get extremely lean, such as bodybuilders and other competitive athletes. Carb cycling may be difficult for "normal" training clients to keep track of and maintain. Your clients will also need to be good at counting and hitting their macros daily for carb cycling to be effective.

Frederick Mejia

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Carb cycling does have more benefits than just weight loss. It can also improve athletic performance. The alternating periods of low and high carbohydrate intake have various benefits.

The benefits of the low-carb periods may include better insulin sensitivity, increased fat burning, improved cholesterol and enhanced metabolic health. The benefits of the high-carb periods may include positive effects on hormones during a diet, including thyroid hormones, testosterone and leptin. It is for this reason that carb cycling is usually used by athletes who need to become very lean.

Carb cycling is usually implemented when calories are very restricted and carbohydrates are already very low.

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