I see so many girls look at carbs as if they are the devil. That’s because there are so many different diet plans on the market that are so restrictive on carbs and it’s created this mentality that carbs will make you fat. Yes you can get drastic weight loss if you cut carbs from your diet, but often or not you will put that weight straight back on when you go back to eating carbs. As well carbs are your body's preferred source of workout energy, while your body can use fat as a fuel source if you're doing endurance or high intensity training carbs will delay the onset of fatigue. From my personal experience I have found including good carbohydrates in my diet has helped me lose body fat and get lean muscle in the long term. So I’m here to debunk the carb myth and tell you why carbs aren’t your enemy.
Why carbs aren’t your enemy?
You need to have good carbs so your body can absorb protein & you can build lean muscle. The more lean muscle you have, the more fat you burn! As well carbohydrates are essential for our body & brain to function properly. By removing carbs from your diet completely it is forcing your body to go into ketosis, which is using “fat storages” as energy rather than glucose from carbs as energy. While this might sound great, it can be dangerous & hard to maintain especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. You can feel sick, lethargic & your brain may become scattered. I’ve seen a lot of people who remove carbs completely from their diet, feel the crash and burn and then go on a binge after wanting to eat everything in sight. One of the most effective ways of eating carbs I have found is to do carb cycling.
What is carb cycling?
Carb cycling is essentially looking at your days as either low carb days, moderate carb days and high carb days. Rather then cutting out carbs completely you alter your carbohydrates levels depending on the days. A low carb day means you stick to eating low carb vegetables like leafy greens, mushrooms, brocclli, lean protein and good fat. And then on higher carb days you add in good complex carbs like sweet potato, oats, brown rice, quinoa and other good starchy vegetables.
Why carb cycling works?
I’ve had the best results in fat loss from carb cycling. By including good carbs in my diet, it has lowered my body fat and I was still able to gain good lean muscle. I see so many girls think that in order to lower their body fat they need to lower their calories and carbohydrate intake drastically. However as I said this just leaves you feeling lethargic and more likely to give up and binge later on. Carb cycling is effective for two reasons:
1. Psychologically you don’t feel like you are being deprived and still have the energy to maintain your fitness goals.
2. It creates a hormone effect in the body, where high carb days will boost your metabolism making you burn more fat. By changing your carb intake on different days it keeps the body guessing so it doesn’t plateau.
Having a very low carb diet can be detrimental to your thyroid gland which can affect your health & your results negatively. Your thyroid is responsible for producing hormones such as the ones that regulate your rate of metabolism. If it is affected due to a low carb diet then your results will plateau & you won't be efficiently burning fat. You may not notice your metabolism slowing at first but you will find that you hit a plateau faster than being on a healthier, moderate carb diet plan. That is why I recommend using a carb cycling nutrition plan for when you want to get the best results possible and you don’t risk damaging your thyroid.
If you are totally confused on how you can do this then I”ve taken all the guess work out for you in my F.I.T. phase 3 program where the nutrition plan focuses on carb cycling to get your best fat loss results.