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CARB CYCLING: Lower body fat, increased energy levels. Photo: Shutterstock


SO, for those of you who may not have been reading my columns from the start, you may be wondering what carb cycling is. So, this week I’ll be refreshing your memories!

Carb cycling is the process of mixing up low and high carb days throughout the week to keep your metabolism tip-top.

Originally designed for athletes to achieve maximum performance and strip body fat, the way of eating has evolved since then.

Low carb has been a popular way of eating for a while, but what the low carb eaters find is that after a while the weight loss slows down and eventually comes to a stop.

Carb cycling introduces a more flexible way of eating to keep the body working efficiently and also not depriving it of those all-important carbs, which to cut out full stop is not a good idea.

There are three types of day:

Low carb day

On this day you can eat up to 50g of carbs, and a higher amount of fat and protein. A typical day may consist of meat, cheese, nuts, oils, berries and green vegetables.

High carb day

The complete opposite of the above, with the amounts based on your personal weight. High carbs (good ones: wholemeal rice, pasta, sweet potato, bananas) with a very low fat intake on this day

Moderate carb day

Not rocket science – a happy medium in the middle. Clean eating to a target tailored to your weight.

If you follow these golden rules, you can’t go far wrong! Lower body fat, increased energy, lower blood sugar, need I go on??

Visit Kate’s successful Facebook group on www.facebook.com/groups/carbcyclingforbeginners or follow on Instagram @carbcyclingqueen.

For personal coaching please email her on [email protected] hotmail.com.

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