What is carb cycling, and should you try it?

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Tuesday. Eating as a stress coping mechanism is never a good idea unless… you reach for fruits and vegetables. 

According to recent research, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce stress (READ THE STUDY). Participants who consumed at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily experienced up to 36% less stress than those who ate fewer. So yeah—a bottle of wine and a pint of ice cream to decompress after a stressful day isn’t going to do you any good, but a nice bountiful salad and some fresh berries for dessert? Now we’re talking! 

Speaking of ice cream, fruits, and veggies, what is this “carb cycling” thing people are talking about, and is it worth trying? Let’s dive in. 

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Everything You Need To Know About Carb Cycling

Carb cycling is a diet strategy in which you alternate between low-carb and high-carb days. However, that doesn’t mean every other day is a cheat day filled with unhealthy foods. Instead, carb cycling done right means you strategically increase your intake of healthy carbs at certain times. 

So, why would you do this? Some argue that carb cycling can help improve athletic performance, hormone balance, and overall metabolic health. While there is no strict definition of carb cycling, the general idea is to eat a low-carb or ketogenic diet most of the time and then increase carb intake periodically to support specific goals.

I’m intrigued. Tell me more. 

For athletes, carb cycling can be especially beneficial. It allows the body to burn fat for fuel on low-carb days and then switch to carbohydrates for quick energy on high-carb days, which can enhance performance in high-intensity activities like sprinting or HIIT workouts. This strategy not only helps with energy levels during workouts but also supports muscle recovery and glycogen replenishment.

The approach can also benefit those who find strict low-carb or ketogenic diets challenging to maintain. By occasionally allowing for higher carb intake, carb cycling can help make these diets more sustainable in the long run without the psychological strain of never being able to enjoy carbs. 

This can be particularly helpful for people who have social events or prefer a more flexible dietary approach.

Carb cycling may also improve hormonal balance and the health of the gut microbiome. For women, for example, adjusting carb intake based on their menstrual cycle can help manage symptoms associated with hormonal fluctuations. This can lead to better control over hunger, improved energy levels, and more regular menstrual cycles. 

From a gut health perspective, incorporating more fiber-rich carbs on high-carb days can support beneficial gut bacteria, which play a crucial role in overall health.

Now, this is important to keep in mind—carb cycling is not just for athletes or those struggling with strict diet plans. It can be a valuable strategy for anyone interested in improving their metabolic health. Done right, this diet approach emphasizes the importance of choosing healthy carb sources like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and avoiding refined sugars and processed foods. 

On those high-carb days, it's also important to pair carbs with proteins and fats to minimize blood sugar spikes.

The key takeaway? Carb cycling offers a flexible alternative to traditional dieting methods by allowing for controlled, strategic increases in carbohydrate intake. This can enhance physical performance, support hormonal health, and help maintain a balanced and sustainable diet. Like any diet, it is not meant to be a one-size-fits-all solution, but hey—it might be worth a try.

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