Ever since the infamous Atkins diet made headlines, it seems as if carbohydrates have been receiving a great deal of attention, even more so than fat in fact, which to be honest, has led to some pretty impressive discoveries.
Once people saw first-hand just how impressive weight loss results were by cutting out carbs from their diets, experts immediately knew that they were onto something big. Whilst the Atkins diet and other similar low/no carb diets have proved effective for losing weight, there are certain other things to take into consideration that are perhaps not working in the favor of these low/no carb diets.
For example, there is evidence to suggest that when people go from following a low/no carb diet for 6 – 12 weeks, when they do come off the diet and begin eating carbohydrates again, they binge eat on these foods, which not only quickly leads to weight gain, but it can also affect blood sugar levels within the body, even resulting in people turning diabetic in some instances. Not only that, but studies have also found that as well as protein, the muscles in our bodies also need carbohydrates, which is why people following a low/no carb diet for a prolonged period of time, actually reported a loss in lean muscle mass and not just fat.
When losing weight, ideally people would prefer to burn fat and maintain or even build lean muscle mass, and thanks to the discovery of a new method of dieting known as carb cycling, or carb rotation in some instances, people are now able to effectively do both simultaneously.
What is carb cycling and how does it work? – Carb cycling is basically a diet plan which consists of a person alternating between periods of low/no carbohydrate intake, to periods of moderate to high carbohydrate consumption. The idea is to ensure that whilst optimising your fat-loss results, you will also be maintaining or even improving your strength and energy levels, whilst maintaining or building lean muscle mass simultaneously.