Carb cycling is a regimen for elite athletes who want more control over their weight and energy optimization. It involves eating complex carbs to ensure that energy levels do not dip too low and cause poor performance. It has been compared to the ketogenic diet and, like that popular low-carb, high-fat eating method, has become a trendy workout topic. But, the science behind carb cycling is still in question and is a source of controversy.


1. Carb Cycling Basics

Carb cycling is an experimentation-based regimen that causes major changes to your body, so it's a good idea to check with a health professional before trying it. While there are a variety of methods, most people start with an objective, then create a schedule around those goals, which includes keeping a detailed food diary. Though discipline is required, remain flexible, as you may need to alter your consumption to deal with your training schedule, output, and recovery.

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