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    Carb cycle

    What is carb cycling?
    How is it used?
    Importance and process

    #2
    Hi gscibmr and Welcome to the Hive. Sorry, have nothing on carb cycling. Spin class with a baguette? The fitness world never ceases to amaze me. Did you find that term on this site?

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      #3
      I'm only really familiar with carb cycling for performance level athletes who are managing prep and peak nutrition cycles.
      I know it's hitting a fashion moment (in a diluted form) as a low-carb diet variation with moderate to high carb days thrown in on a schedule with your exercise plan.
      If you're an athlete, you need to talk to a nutritionist.
      If you're just looking for something to try then as long as you eat your veggies and maintain a deficit you'll loose weight.
      I like your version of carb cycling Andi64 but then again I love carbs.

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        #4
        Originally posted by gscibmr View Post
        What is carb cycling?
        How is it used?
        Importance and process
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        Jokes aside, it seems there are dozens of entries on the net with the same title your question.

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          #5
          It’s the general term used to describe a diet that alternates between high, medium and low carb cycles usually to enhance performance in endurance events. For the general athlete, it’s a gimmick, in my opinion.

          In endurance athletes - ones who compete for a living and so have the luxury of time and resources (nutritionists who can monitor and advise) - the idea is two fold - increase the efficiency of fat as fuel over large training blocks 2. Trigger an expansion in the body’s carb. storage capacity. By training without carbs - the preferred and most efficient energy pathway - and then reintroducing them during the lead up to competition, the body hopefully ‘hordes and stores’ more fuel . This is used by some athletes who strive for a competitive advantage.

          Unfortunately, EVEN IN PROFESSIONAL ENDURANCE SPORTS the results are murky at best.

          For the general public, it’s a gimmick.

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            #6
            gscibmr ... listen to Blair on this.
            Carbs are notoriously addictive and even the 'good' ones seldom off the nutritional value given the carbs they lay on you.
            Have you ever heard of the 'carb loading' athletes participate in just before an endurance event? 6 to 24 hours before? That dumps energy into their body that can be used as needed.
            Does it work? Opinions vary. Tests do not support it.
            ​​​​​​​Best of luck.

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              #7
              gscibmr Blair has provided a good analysis on this. Carb-cycling is also used by people like bodybuilders by "bulking" - eating lots of carbs to help lift greater weight - and "cutting" - eating virtually no carbs (and sometimes little else either) to increase lean mass and give a more "hench" look.

              It requires iron discipline and constant monitoring. If it's likely to be of benefit to you, you'll already have a coach/nutritionist/etc. who will be able to assist/monitor you. It may work, it may not.

              For the average Darebee user, it's irrelevant.

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