Carbs or carbohydrates is practically a worrisome word when you are on weight loss target. Carbohydrate-rich foods are a big part of the daily diet. All these sugary treats and processed bread are carbohydrates and they are strongly discouraged in every diet.
In excess quantities, these carbohydrates make you gain weight, cause internal inflammation, gut issues and much more.
This is not the complete truth, some carbs are actually good for you. They are healthy, nutrition loaded macronutrients that provide a good amount of vitamins and minerals to your body.
What is carb cycling?
Carb cycling was the term coined by William Cole, D.C., IFMCP, author of the book Ketotarian—Carb cycling, done properly. He presents this idea of using carbohydrates as a good option to make yourself lose weight. Lets first understand what are carbohydrates.
What is the importance of carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates, along with protein and fat are one of the three major macronutrients. All these serve a common function, that is to ensure energy production for the body and brain.
Normally, when you eat carbohydrates, they are broken down into smaller molecules during digestion. These smaller molecules are sugar that is absorbed into the body’s bloodstream.
Now this added sugar increases the sugar level of the body and it releases insulin to balance it. The collective sugar of the body is called glucose and insulin helps against these elevated glucose levels.
Carbohydrates are also stored inside your body muscles in the form of glycogen. Whenever glucose is increased than normal, it is stored in the form of fat. That’s why carbohydrates add to weight gain.
Are carbs good for health?
Not all carbohydrates are created the same way. carbohydrates fall into three types of groups called sugar, starch, and fiber. Out of all these, sugar is the simplest type whereas starch and fiber are complex carbohydrates. These complex carbohydrates take a long time to digest. Refined or processed carbohydrates have a significantly higher amount of sugar than starch and fiber. That’s why such foods have the least nutritional value and more damage to the body.
Processed and refined carbs are worth leaving but whole foods, on the other side are the good type of carbohydrates. They have a high nutritional count and provide important vitamins and minerals to the body. The word carbohydrates are often portrayed negatively but the organic carbs play important role in a healthy diet.
When on carb cycling, healthy carbs are added specifically which promote weight loss, instead of weight gain.
How carb cycling works?
The aim of carb cycling is to avoid excess glucose to be stored in the body as fat. The process is very simple and understandable. Carb cycling means to remove carbs from your diet for some time and then adding them back periodically.
It is based on the concept that carbs will fill the glycogen storage space in the muscles and liver (in the form of glucose) without over-storing it. This process takes several days including days when healthy carbs are allowed and when no carbs are allowed.
During the no carb days, the glycogen in the muscles and liver is depleted and is used to produce energy. When a person is not eating carbs, his body burns all these fat (the stored glycogen) and the frequent repetition of it causes weight loss.
On a comparison with consistent deprivation diets carb, cycling is easy and better. By following a carb cycle, the body doesn’t go to the starvation mode. This manipulating diet pattern makes a person lose weight naturally, without following a particular diet type of diet plan.
Various people have tried this carb cycling and are enjoying how amazingly it worked for them. If you have a similar experience or any thoughts to share, leave us a message in the comment box.