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How to Carb Cycle

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  • April 02, 2016
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Most of us women love carbs, as much as we may say we don’t. Let’s be truthful here. Pretty much everything that is delicious comes from a carb but when it comes to burning fat, carbs are the first thing to go!

Why? Although we do need carbs, too much of them and they end up getting stored as fat instead of being burned off. Let’s also not forget that women need much less carbs to begin with. We tend to hold on to our energy reserves for dear life, and part of that reason is our chemical make-up, the pesky but wonderful hormone that makes us women – estrogen!

Why else? When we lower carbs, and increase protein we not only switch the body to start burning off more fat, but we also stimulate a positive change in body composition – which means more lean muscle. Changing body composition is key. When we increase lean muscle we increase our metabolism.

So, although cutting carbs is necessary for weight loss, following an ultra low carb diet is not! There is a better way. When it comes to getting lean, trim and curvy, a carb cycling diet is the bomb and for good reason too. Not only is it easy to use, it’s also flexible by allowing you to still eat carbs without feeling guilty. It also comes with a whole lot of benefits when it comes to burning fat and building muscle.

What is Carb Cycling Exactly?

Carb cycling uses intermittent fluctuations of high and low carbs. This switching helps keep your metabolism fired up, so you can avoid weight loss plateaus that happen with many other diets.

While low phases allow you to burn through carbs that you have stored in muscle glycogen and allow you to access fat for burning during workouts; high days up-regulate important hormones involved in your metabolism, your muscle building and your mood. So not only do you avoid plateaus in your fat burning but you will feel better too. The end result – a leaner, more muscular and happier you!

High Carb Days:

  • Stimulates insulin – an anabolic hormone that shuttles nutrients to the muscles, allowing them to get what they need to grow, recover and re-build
  • Re-fills lost muscle glycogen – your muscles main source of energy
  • Re-energizes your body and your mood, by increasing release of feel good neurotransmitters such as serotonin

Low Carb Days:

  • Burn through stored muscle glycogen, switching the body to use fat as its primary energy source instead of carbs
  • Reduces blood glucose levels and insulin response, allowing you to be more receptive to insulin response on high days

What to Eat on a Carb Cycle?

You may think carb cycling gives you an all out license to eat whatever the hell you like on your high carb days, but it doesn’t! No matter what method of diet you choose you must eat clean – all the time. By clean, this means eating whole, natural, fresh foods as closest to their natural source.

When it comes to carbs, that means you can’t reach for a doughnut or a big slice of white bread, these foods are full of simple carbs, and contain processed ingredients. Not only will they stimulate huge blood glucose spikes, but those spikes lead to energy and fatigue crashes that will have you craving more sweet goodness, and more likely for you to reach for another serving!

Instead on high carb days reach for carbs that are high in fiber like vegetables and whole grains. High fiber foods provide a sustained release of energy that won’t cause huge spikes or crashes!

Keep it Real Eat These Foods:

Carbs

  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice
  • Bulgur
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Green Vegetables
  • Squashes
  • Sweet Potato
  • Squashes
  • Berries
  • Apples

Proteins

  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Sole
  • Cod
  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Eggs
  • Whey Protein Powder
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Cottage
  • Cheese

Fats

  • Avocado
  • Nuts
  • Nut Butters
  • Seeds
  • Olives
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil

Sample Diet Days:

High Carb Eats

Breakfast

1 cup Egg Whites, 1 cup of Oatmeal

Snack

1 scoop of Whey Protein, 1 Apple

Lunch

150 g of Grilled Chicken Breast, 1/3 cup Brown Rice, Broccoli

Snack

150 g Plain Greek Yogurt, ½ cup berries

Dinner

100 g of Sirloin Beef, ½ Sweet Potato, Asparagus

Low Carb Eats

Breakfast

2 Whole Eggs, ¼ Avocado, Sliced Tomatoes

Snack

1 scoop Whey Protein, 1 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter

Lunch

150 g Grilled Chicken Breast, Mixed Greens Salad, 1 tbsp Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

Snack

1 Small Can of Tuna, ¼ Avocado, 1 tbsp Salsa

Dinner

200 g Salmon, Asparagus, Cauliflower Mash

How Often Should You Cycle Your Carbs?

Your frequency will be determined by the following factors – how active you are and how much extra fat you’re carrying! Change your frequency every 4-weeks, after you have lost weight, and when your metabolism begins to increase. Use the following guidelines:

Weeks 1 to 4: Have one high carb day every 4 to 7 days

Weeks 5 to 8: Have one high carb day every 3 to 5 days

Weeks 9 to 12: Have one high carb day every 2 to 4 days

Carb Cycle like a Sexy Bitch!

Bottom line, when it comes to carb cycling – it works!

It helps burn off more fat, put on lean muscle and gets your metabolism fired up. If you want to avoid weight loss plateaus, and have flexibility in your diet then carb cycling is the way to go!

Want more details on how to carb cycle? Go here…

Carb Cycle Diet

Until Next Time…

Be Fierce & Rule the World,

LJ


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  • […] Source: Burn Fat with Carb Cycling – Sexy Strong Fit […]

  • Yadira says:

    Can’t wait to start!

  • In the sample, you say 1 scoop of whey protein with an apple or natural peanut butter. Am I supposed to just eat the powder by itself or mix it into something?

    • Lauren says:

      Have a shake – mix protein powder with water or low carb, unsweetened coconut/almond milk…you can blend with natural nut butter if you like.

  • iliana Mauris says:

    Hi Lauren,

    i’m intolerant to gluten, diary, soy, spinach and sugar.
    Is it safe fot me to try carb cycling with some substitutes for what i’m intolerant for?

    I would really like try this methid. Am 46, active exerciser but have difficulty to loose the fat on the back, butt, belly and legs.
    Very frustrating. Just want a more slim and sculted figure.

    I thank you in advance for your advice!

    Saludos,
    iliana

    • Lauren says:

      Hi Iliana… Yes for sure you can still try this diet. You can use other greens like broccoli, asparagus, green beans… and root vegetables for your carbs like sweet potato, pumpkin, squashes, and some high fiber fruit like apples. Should be no reason why you can’t try this method.

  • Lakeeta Ladson says:

    I believe this will work 4me

  • Lakeeta Ladson says:

    I work out 4 r days a week but don’t eat enuff, I also have polycysticovarian syndrome which causes me to have insulin issues , my stomach is huge…i can’t ever remember having a waist line…but I’m becoming more focused and believe I can do this as carbs is the reason I blow up..I’m just now gonna have to have willpower to eat clean and every 3 hrs…Mon n thurs will b my high carb days for 4 weeks

    • Lauren says:

      Hi Lakeeta…. you can do it! Yes this is true, eating a lower carb diet will be much better for you. Cycling will help keep your metabolism firing. Good luck. 🙂

  • Sam says:

    If we have 1 high carb day a week (weeks 1-4) but workout 3x a week is it okay that we’re working out on a low carb day (HIIT)?

    • Lauren says:

      Hello…. it depends… most people will find training high intensity on a low carb day difficult, you will exhaust your muscle glycogen, especially if you’re HIIT session is toward the end of the week… you may want to either try scheduling your high carb day the day before or after your HIIT session. So you can either re-load or pre-load in anticipation. Definitely give it a try… if you’re losing too much muscle, feeling very fatigued, add another high carb day in the middle of the week.

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