5 Carb Cycling Benefits
1. Burn Fat More Efficiently
It’s no secret that eating fewer carbs is effective for fat loss. Basically, your body uses fat for energy when carbs aren’t available. So low carb days tap into this fat burning power.
However, as I mentioned earlier, your metabolism slows down with consistent low carb/calorie dieting. In order to sustain fat loss, it’s imperative to support your metabolism.
2. Boost Metabolism
Sometimes it’s necessary to break the prolonged calorie deficit with a high carb day. Also called a refeed day.
Like stoking a fire, a high carb day feeds your metabolism. As a result, you maintain your lean muscle and burn more calories.
Related: How a Refeed Day Helps You Lose More Weight
3. Build Lean Muscle Faster
Some keto proponents argue that carbs aren’t necessary for muscle building. While that’s technically true, there’s no denying that carbs make the process go faster.
In fact, studies show that eating carbs before and after your workout increases muscle gain1. This is due to the fact that carbs trigger the recovery process.
Also, if you’ve ever tried to do sprints or weight training without carbs, you know your performance suffers. That’s because your body is designed to burn carbs for anaerobic (muscle building) workouts.
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4. Increase Metabolic Flexibility
Just as a hybrid car runs on gas or electricity, your body can run on carbs or fat. By continually alternating energy sources, you get better at burning both carbs and fat for fuel.
In this way, carb cycling promotes metabolic flexibility. And that makes you an ultra-efficient machine no matter what you put in your tank.
5. Enjoy Carbs Guilt Free!
Low carb diets leave little room for deviation, which can feel suffocating. Not to mention the inevitable keto cravings that come from banning all the good foods in life.
On the other hand, carb cycling breaks up the monotony of restrictive dieting. Allowing you to be flexible for social events while enjoying moderate indulgences without the guilt. It’s all part of the plan!