This is a guest post by Shannon Clark of slimmingresources.com
One of the most effective dietary methods that more and more people are utilising to see fast results is carbohydrate cycling.
It’s no secret that low carb diets are extremely popular right now and more and more people are starting up on them and seeing the type of success that they’re looking for.
But that said, there are a lot of cons to low carb diets. First, since high intensity exercise relies strictly on glucose as a fuel source, if you’re completely eliminating the carbohydrates from your meal plan, your body simply won’t have the energy it needs to get these workouts in.
Second, since carbohydrates do play a role with regulating the thyroid and the metabolism, if you go cutting them out for extended periods of time it won’t be long before your metabolism grows extremely sluggish.
Carbohydrate cycling solves all of these issues in a hurry. Let’s take a look at how you should set this program up for maximum results.
Plan Your Total Target Calorie Intake
The very first step in coming up with a carbohydrate cycling diet plan is to plan your total calorie intake for the week. Remember, to lose one pound of body fat you need to create a deficit of 3500 calories total, so this means making sure that you’re eating this much under your maintenance calorie intake.
If at the end of the week you have in fact created this deficit, you should see your weight drop by a pound on the scale.
Divide Your Days Into High And Low Carb Days
Next, once you have this deficit in line, the next step is to divide your calories up into both high and low carb days.
Your high carb days likely will have a slightly higher calorie intake than your low carb days would due to the fact you are trying to maximise the carbohydrate intake.
Be sure to reduce the fat back on those days however so you really don’t go overboard and take in too many.
Your low carb days should be protein and fat focused while your high carb days should be protein and carb focused, with vegetables being consumed on both days of the plan.
Schedule Your Workouts Accordingly
Next, you’ll also want to schedule your workouts accordingly. You should be placing the most intense workout sessions on the high carb days so you have those carbohydrates for energy and recovery purposes.
This will allow you to push harder in the gym and thus see better overall results.
Then on the low carb days plan to do a cardio session. This will further enhance your calorie deficit on those days and help speed up weight loss.
Or, if you’d prefer not to do numerous cardio sessions, you could use a weight loss supplement to help boost your metabolism such as Meratol, which according to some GP’s will allow you to see similar results as an added cardio session would.
So there you have the main things to know about designing a carbohydrate cycling diet plan. When used properly, these will be extremely effective for increasing your overall results.
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