3. Is Carb Cycling Good for Endomorphs?
After you find your calorie target, the next aspect of the endomorph diet is macronutrient ratios – specifically carbs and fat.
Usually, endomorphs have a complex relationship with carbs. Your body tells you to eat them, but when you do, it seems like you gain weight.
As a result, endomorphs sometimes turn to extreme low carb diets like keto. While this can work in the short term, there are drawbacks to the ketogenic diet.
A better solution is carb cycling. In other words, alternating your carb intake to improve your body’s ability to burn fat for fuel.
To explain, consider that your metabolism is flexible. Like a hybrid car that can run on gas or electricity, your body can run on carbs or fat. Carb cycling is simply a tool to increase this metabolic flexibility.
Metabolic flexibility is the ability to switch between carbs and fat as an energy source.
Now imagine there’s a knob that allows you to adjust between carbs and fat for fuel. This knob is called insulin.
When insulin is “turned up” your body burns more carbs and less fat. Conversely, you burn more fat when insulin is “turned down”.
For endomorphs, the insulin knob is sometimes stuck on carbs, also called insulin resistance. And this is one reason it’s harder to burn fat.
Fortunately, a low carb day turns insulin down and you begin burning fat. Then, with the intentional reintroduction of carbs, the knob works better than it did before.
In this way, repeated carb cycling increases your insulin sensitivity. So you burn both fat and carbs more efficiently.
Related: 5 Awesome Benefits of Carb Cycling