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HOW TO USE CARB CYCLING FOR FAT LOSS
Before you read anything below it’s important to clarify one major point: the fitness industry LOVES to overcomplicate stuff. The bigger the word and fancier the name the better it sounds and the more it can sell.
Carb Cycling, for example, *sounds* fancy. And a lot of coaches come up with elaborate schemes and explanations to make it sound way more impressive than it really is. (Similar to how many overcomplicate Intermittent Fasting as well).
Here’s the deal. At it’s core, carb cycling is simply this: some days you eat higher carb/lower fat. Other days you eat lower carb/higher fat. That’s it. Period. End of story.
Yes, there are ways to manipulate it based on individual needs and preference. But the big rocks are simply a mix of high carb/low fat and low carb/high fat days throughout the week.
Most important of all, carb cycling is NOT a replacement for calories. In other words, calories still count regardless of whether or not you carb cycle. So if you’re struggling to lose weight and are thinking of carb cycling, that’s amazing and I support you and will help you. But FIRST you need to get your calorie intake in check.
Having said all of that, my preferred carb cycling schedule is EITHER 3 high carb + 4 low fat days OR 4 high carb + 3 low fat days.
Both options are totally fine and work just as well. The key is to find what YOU enjoy most so you can stick with it long-term.
Also, I usually prefer to have my high carb days on training days because they give me more energy for working out. BUT you do NOT need to do that so long as total calorie intake is in check at the end of the week.
Want to try it? Awesome! First get your cals in check, then your protein. Once those are in order you can establish the carb cycling schedule that works best for you and plug & play from there.
Remember, there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to do this. Find what you enjoy most, makes you feel the best, and stick with that. And if anyone tells you otherwise…we’ll…you can tell them to 🖕off.
I hope this helps and, as always, any questions leave em below
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