Are you the sort of person who passes on a nice hot, fluffy, crumbly basket of freshly baked breads, upon sitting down to dinner at a restaurant? Does looking at a doughy slice of pizza make your heart race and your palms sweat? Do you panic when you have to eat too much rice or carbohydrates?
Well then, like many women out there, you would probably be suffering from “Carb phobia.” So what if I told you that this mass delusion is a travesty, and will end up making you feel sluggish and deprived, and is actually bad for you. You don’t lose weight.. and in fact, you are training your body to preserve fat.
Here’s a better alternative, and it’s called, carb cycling.
So what is Carbohydrate Cycling?
If you cycle your carb intake, you would have some days where you went without eating carbs, followed by a carbo laden day. For example, you could go almost carb-free for four days and then eat a lot of carbs for one day. Repeating this process makes for a carb cycle. The body has two separate energy storage systems. You store fat, yes, but you also store carbohydrate in your liver and muscles. The theory goes that if you eat no carbs, thereby depleting your stores, then your body goes into starvation mode. And anyone who’s been on a crash diet knows how lousy that feels. On the other end of the spectrum, if you eat so many carbs that your carb storage is always full, then any excess carbs you eat are stored in your body as fat.
“The key is to keep your carb storage full and then slowly empty it by cutting your intake of starches. Then once your carb storage is depleted, you can start replenishing it without fear that the calories will be stored as fat. If you do this, you will be able to eat what you like without fear of gaining weight.
This is an advanced fat loss method and it takes a lot more effort and dedication than most people can muster but its the only way you can get from 10% bodyfat down to the 5% and get truly ripped without losing muscle mass. When you see the meal plan that is required to use this carb cycling technique, you will see immediately why only some individuals will succeed – it is very strict.
So does carb-cycling work? Look at me.. I think it does!
Here’s a great post on how to Implement Carbohydrate cycling. Good Luck!