Carb Cycling 101
What is it:
Carb cycling is a diet trend that is popular with body builders and growing within the fitness community.
Carb cycling allows you to build muscle from high-carb days and burn fat from low-carb days.
For weight loss:
If you are looking to slim down, shoot for mostly low-carb days throughout the week. Maintain consistent protein intake to burn fat during your workout that day.
For building muscle:
If you are trying to bulk up and build muscle, rotate low-carb and high-carb days throughout the week. Try not to have too many high-carb days in a row. The low-carb days help regulate insulin levels and stabilize your blood sugar.
On high-carb days, feel free to eat more fruit, grains, and legumes. Start your day with oatmeal topped with berries; enjoy a handful of nuts for a mid-day snack; a small turkey sandwich for lunch; and chicken stir-fry with vegetables and rice for dinner.
On low-carb days, stick to eating protein and vegetables. Avoid grains, legumes, fruit, potatoes and carrots because these are foods high in carbohydrates. Try eating two eggs for breakfast; a couple of strawberries and a small protein shake for a mid-day snack; grilled chicken and broccoli for lunch; and a steak salad for dinner.
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