Carb Cycling Basics

Tips for Starting Carb Cycling

If you’ve been getting more serious about getting into carb cycling, you probably have
been doing a decent amount of research on how it works, and how you can get the
most out of your routine. Carb cycling is an excellent way to lose weight and show off
your progress. Sometimes it can do you a lot of good to focus primarily on some of the
most important steps so that you can begin the journey. The following article will be
geared towards sharing some tips to get you started in carb cycling.

Carbs on Training Days

When you are going to have a training day, those should be your days with the highest
carbs. You will need the energy and nutrients so that your body can heal itself after an
intense workout. This is also good because your cyclical diet will help train your body to
know how to use those extra carbs before and after you’ve worked out, which means
that you’ll be less likely to experience and substantial weight gains.



Limit Fat on High Carbs Days

It’s a good idea to limit the amount of fat that you eat on your high carb days. This helps
you to maintain a healthy carb ceiling when you are eating a calorie restricted diet. You
will take in more important nutrients that will be essential to your workout plan for that
day, as well as encourage your body to burn the fats that you have already stored.

Eat Complex Carbs

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The best types of carbs to eat will be either carbs that break down into the
essential glucose, or foods that are readily available sources of them. These types of
foods keep you from experiencing the fatigue that could be expected from a workout.
Things like sweet potatoes and broccoli can go a long way and help you to have that
boost of energy that you need.

Make Sure to Eat Enough Calories

One of the mistakes that many people make is that their intake of calories falls too far
below what they need to survive. This can happen very easily if you are working out and
not eating enough to take the place of the carbs that are being used to sustain activity. It
is even beneficial for you to have a small carb snack that can help your muscles repair
themselves after a serious workout.

Different Methods for Carb Cycling

One of the great things about getting in shape, is that there is more than one way to get
it done. The body works in a variety of marvelous ways that allow you to reach your
health goals, and feel healthier than the way you felt before you started your new way of
life. If you’re reading this article, you have been interested in carb cycling, but does it
really have that many ways to do it? If you continue reading, you will find that this article
contains an exploration of a few varied methods of carb cycling.

Simple Cycling

For this cycle, the requirements aren’t too restrictive. It asks that you have a balanced
breakfast that includes all of the different food groups to start your day. This system
allows for you to have fun meals on high carb days. You will typically alternate your carb
days by having a low carb day on day 1, day 2 will be a high carb day with your fun
meal. Day 3 will be a low carb day. Day 4: high carb day with your fun meal. Day 5 is
another low carb day. Day 6 will be a high carb day with your fun meal. Your last day –
day 7 will be a high carb day with your fun meal.

Classic Cycling

In this cycle, the requirements are only slightly more restrictive in that they don’t have
fun meal days on every high carb day. In this cycle, there is only one day with a fun
meal time. All of your breakfast meals should be well balanced. Day 1 will be a low carb
day. Day 2 will be a high carb day. Day 3 will be a low carb day. Day 4 is a high carb
day. Day 5 is a low carb day. Day 6 is a high carb day. Day 7 is your fun meal day.

Turbo Cycling

The only real difference between this cycle and the last is that this one contains more
low carb days., Breakfast will remain the same as the previous breakfast arrangements.
Day 1 will be a low carb day. Day 2 will be a low carb day. Day 3 will be a high carb day.
Day 4 is a low carb day. Day 5 is a low carb day. Day 6 is a high carb day. Day 7 is your
fun meal day.


Common Mistakes to Avoid with Carb Cycling

When you’re trying a new diet, and you want to be sure that you have everything laid
out properly, it can be hard to plan for everything that might happen, and it’s completely
normal to forget some of the steps. The same can be said of any health program,
especially when it comes to carb cycling. Fortunately, there are people who have spent
a lot of time making sure that there are guides to help you be successful, and get closer
to your goals. This article will help you to know what common mistakes to avoid.

Having a Poor Diet

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When you’re trying to do any sort of dietary plan that will help you to be healthier, it’s
very important that you make sure that you’re getting all of the essential nutrients that
your body needs so that it can perform its various daily tasks. If you are doing the right
cycles for your carb intake, you’ll be likely to see some small results, but this will be
nothing in comparison to the results you will get from simply eating the right foods. Stay
away from processed foods and try to stick to whole foods that are more natural.

Not Eating Enough

One major mistake that people make when trying to eat right is that they don’t eat
enough or purposefully try to starve themselves into health, which is bad logic at its root
to begin with. When you fail to reach the levels of sustenance that are needed to keep
your body running, it will begin to turn to digesting muscle mass as a means of survival.
Not only that, but your body will switch to a state where it holds onto everything instead
of losing weight. Be sure to avoid allowing yourself to get to this point at all costs.

Cheat Days Are Out of Control

In order to do carb cycling properly, there will be days where you eat more of less carbs
depending on where you are in the process. The thing you don’t want to do is go crazy
on eating carbs during your cheat days. That will cause you to store more fats and your
results will be stunted. It’s massively important to make sure that you’re sticking to a
schedule. Cheat days don’t mean that you can eat lots of pizza and cake, it just means
that instead of 30 grams of carbs, you can have 60 grams, and you should not consume
more than 2 drinks that contain clear alcohol.