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by Cameron Greene September 18, 2020

Carb intake has been up for debate for a while now. Many diets restrict carbs or ban them completely. In order to optimize carb intake, some people now cycle their carbohydrates. This process is known as carb cycling. Carb cycling is a process in which you alternate carb intake on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. It's commonly used to lose fat, maintain physical performance when dieting, or to overcome a weight loss plateau. You can program your carb intake based on a variety of factors, including body composition goals, training and rest days, special events or competitions, type of training, and/or body fat levels. A typical weekly carb cycling diet may include two high-carb days, two moderate-carb days, and three low-carb days. A high carb day typically means low-fat, while a low carb day means high-fat. The idea behind carb cycling is to maximize the benefits of carbs and to teach the body to burn fat as fuel. Carb cycling can help you lose weight as long as you maintain a calorie deficit. Eating plenty of protein can definitely help with this.

Here is an example of carb cycling for a week with exercise and fat intake.

 

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