Carbohydrate is very much a necessity for our body, but in excess leads to weight gain. The challenge lies in taking it in just the right amount, at right times. Carb cycling helps in losing weight by manipulating carbohydrate consumption by minimizing negative effects. Carb cycling is a way of dieting that involves planned increases and decreases in carbohydrate intake. This diet format which started with athletes and fitness models is now a favorite among common people to lose weight.
How Carb Cycling Works
In carb cycling, the week gets divided into: no carb days, low-carb days and high-carb days
NO CARB DAYS: Include vegetables in diet like leafy greens, onions, peppers and mushrooms along with good source of protein and fat in moderation. Total carb intake must be less than 25 grams per day.
LOW CARB DAYS: Total carb intake that comes from food intake must be less than 75 grams per day. Add in along with veggies small portions of any carbohydrate food like rice, rotis, potatoes and fruit.
HIGH CARB DAYS: Women can consume between 150 and 200 grams whereas men can have up to 300 grams. But this also depends on physical activity level. This day can be made into a day for cheat meal too, but do not binge eat.
This alternate cycle of No carb, Low carb and High carb will help to balance out energy requirement without making body to gain excess fat.
Simple science of Carb Cycling