Is there any evidence to support the use of carb cycling? Such as a two days of low carb, one day of high carb cycled twice with one day of “guilt free” eating? Does this create any special changes in the body that leads to improved fat loss? Or is this just another way to manipulate caloric intake ultimately leading to a deficit and loss of fat? Thank you.
My feeling is that carbs should stay fairly constant at about 40% of the diet (for most people). It’s more the total max caloric intake itself such as in a “refeeding” cycle and then getting off that cycle that leads more to improved fat loss. Remember, it’s been said that “fat burns in a carbohydrate flame”:
so really low carbs all the time is not optimal for fat loss. You asked kind of a loaded question, but I hope this sheds some light.
Why? is my first question. What are you cycling? That’s my second question to you. The research continues to support that approximately 55-60% of daily caloric intake should be carbohydrates, less than 10% as simple sugars. Glucose is the limiting substrate in ATP production in intracellular metabolism. Ideally, it’s best produced from a diet rich in complex carbs that take a bit of time to be metabolized to glucose for storage as glycogen or used freely. It’s not a trick question; metabolism isn’t a magical process. It can’t be “tricked.” Work hard, often, and as long as is reasonable.
Via cellular genesis, reuducing carbs only put extra stress on the body. The metabolisim can not be tricked as mentioned above. In the long run is does not do any good with regards to weight lose. Since the USDA requirements for cabs has never been established, i can only say follow the rules of thumb that now occur for carbs. Good question though. Brian Rozzi