What Is Carb Cycling?

The fitness world  has what seems to be a never-ending list of ways to get in shape.
There are hundreds of workout routines, and diets that are all attempting to become the
dominant force through large scale marketing and advertising strategies, but is there a
more natural way to get in good shape without having to buy expensive memberships,
specialized videos and workout equipment? To put it simply, carb cycling is a system of
alternating your levels of carb intake.

What Is Involved

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Most of the carb cycling diets appear to share some relatively similar attributes. Most
will include 5 meals, with the first of the 5 taking place no more than 30 minutes after
you wake up. The rest of the meals will be eaten at 3-hour intervals through the day.
The most important thing about those meals is that they have to be the right types of
foods for your diet, and you must drink at least one entire gallon of water within a day.
These attributes make the diet somewhat easy to follow and easy to plan for through
the week.

How It Works

The food that we eat contains the very building blocks of which we’re made. The foods
we eat are broken into groups such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Each of these
foods has a specific relationship to our body and how we eat them in which sequences
can produce both desired and undesired effects. For the purpose of this diet, you are
trying to establish a healthier system so that you can get more of the positive effects of
being in better shape. Proteins are powerful and burn longer than carbs, but carbs are
needed to regulate the blood sugar so balance is very important and regulates fat
burning and storage.

The Big Picture

The point of keeping track of the process of fat burning and storage, is to utilize the
body’s natural ability to adjust itself based on what you put into it. When you train your
body to metabolize fats at a highly efficient level, and lower your calorie intake the
following day then your body will continue to burn fat at that level resulting in weight
loss. Over time, the continued cycling will optimize your body’s ability to digest foods
and distribute energy to the appropriate areas.