The Principle of Carb backloading: What is it and how does it work?

Let’s face it, if you’re looking to lose fat and build muscle, you’re going to have to eat less, eat healthier foods, drink more water, and do more cardiovascular and resistance training right? Well, not exactly. Now, we know what you’re thinking ‘oh great, another complicated faddy diet that probably doesn’t even work’ and to be honest, with the way things are lately, we wouldn’t blame you in the slightest.

It seems that everywhere you look, when it comes to losing weight, one person tells you to do one thing, whilst another will tell you do the complete opposite, completely contradicting what the last person said. Some people will tell you to eat no fat at all, whilst others will tell you to eat fats but cut down on your carbs, and others will tell you that large amounts of protein is your friend, and then before you know it, you’re scared to eat a lettuce leaf in case it ruins all of your hard work in the gym.

Losing fat and getting in shape is complicated, but if you understand the basic physiology of the human body, and understand how it works, things all of a sudden become much easier and straight forward to understand, and something that once may have sounded absolutely ridiculous when it comes to weight loss, will actually all of a sudden make perfect sense. A great example of this is a nutritionally based idea known as carb backloading, which has proved to be extremely controversial, yet extremely effective at the same time.

What is carb backloading ?

First off, if we asked you to name foods you should eat to lose weight and build muscle, what would you say? Chicken? Salad? Vegetables? Brown rice? Egg Whites? Basically, foods which are conventionally considered as healthy and balanced right? What about pizza, ice cream, cookies, and chocolate? Yep, you did read that right, and we’ll tell you more about that shortly.

In a nutshell, carb backloading is a method of eating, in which you back-load each and every single carb you consume, so that before you workout, you’re not consuming a single carbohydrate at all. Now, at first that may sound horrendous to many of you, as carbohydrates before you workout are what gets you through each session. Well, don’t be so quick to throw in the towel, because before you workout, you’ll be consuming healthy fats and lean proteins, and saving all of your carbohydrates for immediately following your workout.

So, to be clear, before you workout and lift weights, you’ll be eating and drinking NO carbohydrates in the slightest, and will only consume them immediately following your workout. Now, if you’re still not sure, let’s go back to the pizza and ice cream part we spoke about earlier. When we talk about carbohydrates immediately following your workout, we’re not talking about rice cakes, brown rice, boiled potato, and whole wheat pasta, oh no. We’re talking about ice cream, pizza, candy, chocolate, cake, cookies, and much more.


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