Why Do It?
Basically, because we are living in a world that is hooked on carbs, and we don’t know how to make them work for us both efficiently and effectively, especially if we are trying to lose weight.
“While a fifty percent of a ‘normal’ human diet should come from carbohydrates, we as a society tend to eat way more carbohydrates, and less fats and protein,” says Lippin. “Plus, we now eat a lot more very processed, sugary, and low-fiber carbohydrates. The body stores excess carbohydrates as glycogen and fat. When our bodies need energy, and have no food coming, they break down fat and glycogen to fuel the work. Carb cycling mimics this natural cycle and helps encourage the body to break down its fat stores.”
Like many others, you might have opted for a low to no carb diet before. While Lippin admits that a significantly restrictive, low-carb diet will bring results for a short period, it’s not healthy for the long-term.
“Long term restriction of carbohydrates and calories can lower our metabolic rate and negatively impact hormone levels,” she says, adding that such a diet puts stress on the liver and kidneys. “This is a big reason women find themselves at a weight loss plateau. Over time it will cause the client’s metabolic rate to decrease. Once that happens, clients will see their weight loss stop and will need to restrict calories even further to lose more, thus lowering their metabolic rate once again. Not only is this a terribly unhealthy way to live, it is also incredibly frustrating.”