For me carb cycling is the worst way to eat of all. Every time I add more carbs in I get knocked out of ketosis (fat burning mode) and all my carb cravings come back. Getting back off the carbs makes me go through carb flu (lack of energy, weakness, inability to exercise etc.) all over again. I do best to consistently keep my carbs under 50 grams/day. If they go over just a little bit for a day it's no big deal and I'm back in ketosis again after a day. If they go over a lot it may take weeks to recover completely, especially my athletic performance. It is totally not worth it for me. The only time I can eat a few more carbs without paying for it is after high-intensity exercise that lasts long enough to use up all my glycogen reserves, at least an hour or two. Even then I try to not have more than 30 - 40 grams of carbs at one time.
Has anyone done carb cycling? Does it work? How do you do it? I've been watching Chris Powell on extreme weight loss and he advocates for this type of diet. I was thinking of trying it for maintenance if it works.
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