This means to ‘cycle your Carbohydrate intake.’
By cycle it means that you rotate your intake ( the amount ) of Carbs each day over several days or weeks. Some days less and some days more.
Why do this??
The intent for doing this is guess what??
That’s right – to keep your body Fat under control.
Carb cycling is a vehicle to achieving a preventative measure of ensuring Carbs eaten – do NOT – convert into Fat.
Based on the important factor of insulin being the hormone that NEEDS controlling if that is – you don’t want an out of control and spiralling blood sugar, which would massively increase the chances of your body ‘being’ in a STORAGE capacity and NOT a burning CAPACITY.
So working backwards – to prevent the body being in a storage mode we need to keep it in a BURNING Mode – and to do that we need to switch off or at least DAMPEN the level of circulating insulin – to do that ( which we can ), we need to control the ‘thing’ that triggers that. Protein does it yes and even Fat to a lesser extent does that yes, BUT CARBS do it the most and very strongly.
So by lowering and INCREASING them over days / weeks instead of just having a linear level every day, the MATH! Works better in your favour!
You still get to eat your Carbs, you don’t need to cut anything out, you don’t necessarily even need to cut things down.
( Although it’s the usual option of choice ).
Instead, you Manipulate the intake / amount of Carbs you consume in a day, over days or even weeks.
It is a rather simple approach ( strategy ) that works wonderfully well and as mentioned is not ‘restrictive’. Like all things there is no absolute right or wrong way, only variations on how to apply the principle.
Let me share with you how I advise my VIP clientele to achieve their lowered level of body Fat through cycling the intake of their Carbs…
You start by understanding WHY you do this and HOW doing this effects body Fat.
Do you remember we talked about the Chemistry of the body being MORE important than just the number of calories coming in?
Okay great, so you will remember that INSULIN is a behind the scenes thing, it will either be your saviour or you worst enemy!
In other words, Insulin can be a great thing or a nightmare – depending on what the hormone DOES.
Insulin drives calories from the blood stream – into the cells.
To put it very simply as an oversimplified explanation, NO Insulin – NO transport of calories sitting in the blood – into – the cells.
Once food is ingested, digested and absorbed into the blood stream – those calories are JUST floating in the bloodstream, but a chemical messenger is needed to transport them across membranes and Insulin is THAT chemical messenger.
If no insulin or not enough insulin is present than those calories either CANNOT be pushed into the cells or this shunting only occurs in a less efficient way. For a diabetic, low insulin is a problem as it means the blood sugar can rise to levels that are too high leading to a cascade of other problems.
From our point of interest – Weight Control, a low level of insulin is good thing.
Remember – low insulin levels means the process of forcing calories in your blood – into the cells – is hampered.
Now this includes the shunting of Fats – into Fat cells!!
Boy, if you can dampen that biological action – do you think your body Fat levels would change?!!
Do you think you would have something akin to a MASTER button control to body Fat regulation? You bet you would.
Welcome to Carb cycling.
By ‘cycling’ your intake of Carbs – as opposed to eating the same amount / or so / day in day out, it means – you eat less on some days and more on others.
When the math is done you actually consume the same quantity or similar over the same days or weeks, BUT the CHEMICAL effect is more favourable to you in that less storing of Carbs into body Fat takes place ( over-simplified explanation remember ).
Just a quick clarification for you so it is not misleading –
When you eat a CARB food or drink it digests and absorbs as sugar as already explained. This sugar enters the blood and then some stays in your blood and becomes in the first instance, part of your circulating blood sugar. The amount – depends on your energy demands AT THIS EXACT MOMENT.
Any excess travels to the Liver and to your skeletal muscles in the second instance where this sugar is converted from a liquid version into a solidified version and becomes something called glycogen. This is the exact same sugar but just now in a stored in a version as such ready for use in the FUTURE. ( IF NEEDED )…
…Any excess at this point will get converted into a FAT and then stored inside your FAT CELLS.
So IF your Liver and muscle storage of glycogen is ALREADY FULL ( from eating a high Carb diet as most people do, AND, OR the same person is inactive !!! ) Then even in the second instance the circulating SUGAR from the just ingested Carb NOW goes STRAIGHT to the Fat cells ( it bypasses the glycogen storage centres BECAUSE they are already filled to full capacity ).
Is this crystal clear and revealing?
What’s the clear message here ( again )?
If YOU do NOT work out and become ACTIVE, then you adversely AFFECT the whole Chemistry of the above. In fact – everything written is this entire Program about Carbs and Fats please note – will be affected in a disadvantaged way to you.
Failing to be MORE ACTIVE physically is a disaster as you can plainly see. Failing to address your lack of Activity. THAT is a Psychology!
Exercising Physically and Decisions Psychologically are the LARGEST factors contributing to your ultimate SUCCESS or failure in your Weight Goals.
Many well-known Weight Loss ‘clubs’ and organisations and businesses you will have heard about work in part on this principle of Carb cycling – again applied in their ‘own’ unique variation of course! ( So you buy their service / products – and no one else’s! )
I prefer to tell you the truth about the principles and NOT have you needlessly follow me like a lower animal. My ethos is to share the knowledge – EMPOWER you, release you from their constraint and give you your POWER back.
So how does this Carb cycling thing get played out?
Rather than consuming say 250 grams of Carbs per day every day for 4 days, you would instead, consume varying amounts over the 4 days – leading to same or similar amounts which in this case would be 1000 grams in 4 days.
So you would have say :
175 grams day 1.
225 grams day 2.
250 grams day 3
275 grams day 4.
So as mentioned you get to still eat Carbs, you don’t necessarily have to change the sources of the Carb ( better versus worse / bread versus wholegrain rice for example ). You still get to consume the same or similar amounts and basically nothing changes!
EXCEPT – that your new strategy is simply to increase them one day and then lower them on another day.
This approach definitely DOES control the body Fat MECHANISM to a noticeable degree so it is well worth implementing in to your Lifestyle in some way.
In this above example – you actually – knocked off 75 grams of Carbs over the 4 days as well, ( 281 calories ) over 1 year that would accumulate to a total of about 25,000 CALORIES – THE EQUIVALENT of around 7lbs of FAT!
Strategy played out again showing it’s unequalled value.
Using the same example of 1000g of Carbs over 4 days without the added layer of a very slight reduction…
It would look like this :
150 grams day 1.
200 grams day 2.
300 grams day 3
350 grams day 4.
( The purpose of the slight reduction in the first example was just to show how to facilitate a reduction without it being obvious and a problem and yet, get that additional benefit ).
These examples are just – ‘examples.’ Your cycle could be a week. Or it could be just 3 days. The amounts are totally variable – AS LONG as you follow the principle of…
…Upping and downing the amount of Carb ingested each day so that your INSULIN level ALSO drops over the days and does NOT stay ELEVATED.
Some individuals prefer to just have a 2 day cycle – a low carb day and then a high carb day, this works too. Some Weight Loss clubs use this approach!
You need to choose a starting point / amount of Carbs and over how many days, and then put it in to action. Put this to the test and experiment. It’s likely you will tweak it and this is exactly what I do with the VIP’s I Coach. I will advise them the same, the only difference is I am around to do this for them, but you can no doubt do this for and by yourself and still get amazing effects / results.
Over a little time you will find a cycle that fits your Personal Unique Signature Lifestyle. That works, is easily manageable, is simple and effective.
Better than dieting, being hungry, being moody as a result, feeling low on energy and doing exercise you hate to do – will any of that last!
Wouldn’t you agree that having a Strategy in place ( versus NO plan ) is an INVESTMENT that represents more accurately ‘your’ TRUE level of Intelligence?
I believe so.
The bottom line is, you do not lower your calorific intake at all, and not from your Carbs ( unless you chose to ADD that in as a layer as just discussed to further enhance the overall effect ) instead you VARY the daily intake of Carbohydrate to reflect a change – in the level of Insulin flowing in your blood ( leading to a slight drop day to day / week to week in the level of Insulin and OVER A YEAR ( remember the topic of “I ONLY EAT…” )
Math MATH math!
This EFFECT over say a few months is accumulative so you would notice a difference to your body Fat levels for sure. Maybe not straight away with this approach but in the medium term YES.