YES, a carb cycling diet let’s you cheat on your low carb diet to lose weight faster! NO, you don’t have to give up every high carb food for the rest of your life to lose weight on a low carb diet!
Simply, that you can eat carbs periodically and lose weight faster than when following a traditional low carb diet. Your cravings for carbs remain low since you’ll be eating them. Just knowing you’ll get a break helps you follow the low carb portion of the diet even better. You can live a life of perpetual satisfaction with your food and lose all the weight you want because you can take a break from your low carb diet every week!
I am a die-hard low carber who follows a carb cycling diet by eating fewer than 30 grams of carbs Monday through Friday. However, on Saturday or Sunday, I will have gelato, chocolate truffles, pizza, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, potatoes or whatever else I want. If I didn’t cycle my carbs, my cravings for them would go through the roof, and sooner or later, I would act on those cravings in a destructive way. That is pointless, especially since ingesting carbs periodically when following a low carb diet can speed up your weight loss. I have done this for nearly a decade now; and I have 8% body fat. Click below to hear an interview I did on my carb cycling diet.
And remember, I was an overweight type 2 diabetic who got off all his meds, dropped 80 pounds of fat, and gained over 20 pounds of muscle by following a carb cycling diet. If a carb cycling diet works for me, it’s going to work for you as well!
A carb cycling diet is great for regular folks, obese Individuals, and of course diabetics to lose weight despite family commitments, busy schedules, and tight budgets. A carb cycling diet is very easy to follow. If you can follow a low carb diet for 5 days, you can lose weight by eating pizza on the sixth.
The theme behind my success is “planned imperfection.” Because let’s face it. You are never going to be able to follow any style of eating perfectly for the rest of your life, and low carb diets are no different. What happens when you’re surrounded by food at Thanksgiving, or you want to have a slice of cake for your birthday? You might as well learn to build the “diet mistakes” into your lifestyle and better still, have your weight loss benefit from them. That is the specialty of a carb cycling diet.
When you cut carbs, your natural storage space for them (muscle and liver glycogen) gets depleted. This happens in as little as 3 days. When you eat carbs, you fill those stores back up. If you eat too many carbs, the excess carbs eaten are stored as fat. However, “too many carbs” is way more than 30 grams. You have some room to eat bread, potatoes, or even ice cream and satisfy any cravings you’ve built up from months and months of denying yourself. The trick is to know how many carbs is too many for you. More on that below.
This bears repeating: to follow a carb cycling diet properly, for 5 to 6 days straight, follow an Atkins Induction kind of eating plan. Then for 1 to 2 days max, carb load Schedule it on the weekends or a week day special occasion like Thanksgiving.
You will have gained water weight – count on it. 2 to 5 pounds of water weight is the norm. It is an inevitable and temporary consequence of eating carbs since every gram of carbohydrate stored as glycogen in your muscles will add 3 to 5 grams of water with it. You will have dumped out all of the water weight after 2 to 3 days of having gone back to cutting out carbs.
For this reason, track your weight loss by comparing your weight to what it was 7 days ago, clothes off, after having gone potty. Your lowest weight will typically be the day before you carb load or the morning of. So long as that weight is lower than it was 7 days ago, you are losing.
Carbs are NOT the enemy. Like I said before, trying to follow an ultra-low carb diet for the rest of your life is extremely unrealistic. If you didn’t miss carbs, there would be no market for low carb ice cream, pasta, and various other products.
The ultimate purpose of the carb-load is to give your carb cravings an outlet so you can follow a low carb diet for the long term. The chances are if you gravitated to that style of eating in the first place, it was because you need it to lose weight, just keep a normal weight, and/or control blood sugar. With the carb-loads, you have a way to control the urges that will inevitably arise. Your only obstacle to continuing to lose weight given this new found freedom is in not over doing it. For more on that very topic, check out my, buy my BOOK or JOIN MY CLUB.
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Now, how does your standard low carb diet stack up to my carb cycling diet? If after reading the above, you feel like you’ve been living the low carb lifestyle the hard way, chances are, you’re right.