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Carb cycling

MuscleMecca Crew

MuscleMecca Crew
May 11, 2012
I think here is more Carb Cycling information here at musclemecca bodybuilding but I found this helpful. Carb cycling and fat burning is over looked by too many bodybuilders. If you really want to be ripped like Lou Ferrigno than do carb cycling!


How To Turn Your Body Into A Fat Burning Machine With Carbohydrate Cycling
By Vince Martela

There is so much hype about diets these days. Claiming that you could lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time.

Is it possible to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time?

Yes it is, but it's probably not healthy and a good part of the weight lost isn't just fat loss but water weight loss as well as lean tissue loss (muscle). So when you lose weight with some conventional methods of dieting you lose a lot of muscle as well and end up looking skinny and undefined. These diets often leave you feel fatigued.

I'm going to present you with the optimal diet which will turn your body into a fat burning machine. This is a proven and very efficient method for losing fat, while retaining as much lean tissue as possible. Remember, when you lose weight, what you want is to lose the fat, not lose the lean muscle, Forget about all the low carbohydrate, and low fat diets.

The method I'm going to present you is called carbohydrate cycling, and it's currently one of the most efficient ways to burn fat. It has been well kept secret of the bodybuilders who used this method to get lean for competitions, but now it's out on the open.

In simple terms, you have 3 consecutive days of low carb dieting and on the fourth day you eat a high carb diet. Here's what the diet should look like

1st day - 60 to 80 grams of carbohydrates LOW CARB

2nd day - 80 to 100 grams of carbohydrates LOW CARB

3rd day - 100 to 120 grams of carbohydrates LOW CARB

4th day - 250+ grams of carbohydrates HIGH CARB

You should eat 0.8 to 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight, meaning, if you weight 180 pounds, you should have 160-180 grams of protein per day.

Eat around 6 meals per day, include protein in every meal. In the three low carb days, eat 500-600 calories below your maintenance level, include essential fatty acids to your diet. On the high carb day you should eat 300-400 calories ABOVE your maintenance level.

As you can see, You're eating a low carb diet in the first 3 days, gradually increasing the number of carbs each day, and on the fourth day (high carb) you're drastically increasing the amount of carbs that you eat, on the fourth day you can eat as many healthy carbs as you want. This way, you're going to replenish the depleted glycogen store from the previous 3 days of low carb dieting, and confuse your metabolism, not let it adjust to the diet, so it can continue burning fat. After you finish the high carb day you continue the cycle by doing three more low carb days then one high carb day and so on.

This ia very efficient diet for weight loss, and is used by many bodybuilders as well as average couch potatoes with great success.

Eat healthy starchy and fibrous carbs like: Oats, barley, brown rice, sweet potatoes, whole wheat bread, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage .....

Eat healthy lean protein: Chicken breast, fish, turkey breast, egg whites, lean beef, whey protein.
Limit the intake of fruit in the low carb days.

Include cardio-vascular activity like running, cycling or whatever else you like, try to do it at least 3 times a week, 20-30 minutes on moderate to high intensity.

This will really enhance your fat loss.
Include weight training in order to retain as much lean mass as possible

Vince Martela is a former bodybuilder and a personal trainer.