What I Eat: Carb Cycling
What I Eat: Flexible Carb Cycling
Carbs can be your friend!
Having very low carbs is not best idea. I’ve been on low carb diets and while you will lose weight, most of it will be water weight and it is not sustainable long term because the hormone leptin will drop and consequently, your metabolism will slow down. This means when you do eat carbs, you will gain weight much faster than a normal person since your body is insensitive to insulin.
On the other hand, if you have too much carbs, your insulin level will be constantly elevated and if you are not working out and using it as a source of energy, then there is a likely chance that it will be stored as fat.
By manipulating carbs and eating them at the right time aka, on days you expend the most energy and lowering carbs on other days, you can get the best of both worlds – fat burning benefits from low carb days while still having enough energy from higher carbs days which will keep your metabolism high and prevent insulin insensitivity
I like to eat high carb and moderate carb days on days I do resistance training. I save low carb days for rest days and days i do cardio.
However, i am flexible and i still eat some carbs on ‘low carb days’ and eat fat on ‘high carb days’.
Most importantly, before you carb cycle, make sure you get down the basics and you are eating clean, wholesome foods! It is better to master the basics before you begin manipulating macronutrients!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask 🙂