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Carb Cycling

Carb cycling is a technique that bodybuilders have used for decades to help trim unnecessary fat. This technique is not just for bodybuilders. It can be very beneficial for the average dieter as well. From carb cycling, you can expect to lose between 0.5%body fat per week or 1-2 pounds per week. Today we will take a closer look at carb cycling.

The most important thing to remember is when you are expending the most energy you should have the most carbohydrates. This means on the toughest workout days, make sure your carbs match your efforts. This is very important to remember because your body will need those nutrients for energy in the biggest way. Make sure your pre-workout calories are appropriate for the situation. If you are doing a high-intensity workout, fuel your body with some whole wheat pasta or brown rice for energy. You can even add a tablespoon of olive oil for a good source of healthy fats.

There are many advantages to carb cycling. It makes it psychologically easier to diet. When you have had four of five straight days of low carb cycling it becomes that much sweeter to remember what lies ahead on the high carb day. Carb cycling can also significantly increase your endurance levels. When the muscles become depleted of as much glycogen as possible, they later can re-fill with almost double the normal amount of glycogen to replace it. The extra glycogen that is held is the muscles can have a lasting effect on muscle growth.

It is also important to realize there can be some drawbacks to carb cycling. You may experience water weight gain on the higher carb days. This can help you prepare for the moments when the scale does not tip in your favor. You may also see yourself having a little or no energy on low carb days. You may also have a mild upset stomach during carb cycling. This is mainly due to the lack of alpha-galactosidase.