Essentially, carb cycling provides the best of a low carb lifestyle with the perk of periodically indulging in the yummy stuff — carbs!

When carb cycling, protein and fat intake remain essentially the same, but the amount of carbohydrates (such as bread, pasta, potatoes, fruit, etc.) fluctuates over time.

Although they’re often demonized, our bodies need carbs to: – Help in gaining and preserving muscle strength – Balance hunger hormones including leptin and ghrelin – Improve insulin sensitivity – Bring about positive changes in body composition

Benefits of a Low Carb Diet – Regulates appetite – Speeds weight loss – Improves mental clarity – Reduces oxidative stress – Decreases in insulin levels preventing fat storage – Balances blood sugar and prevents a blood sugar roller coaster

If you want to eat carbs, develop a strategy. This strategy won't look the same for everyone, like most health-related topics. Genetics, lifestyle, and exercise level affect carbohydrate consumption.

If weight loss and optimizing overall health is the main goal, follow these macronutrient percentages. The percentages are based on daily caloric intake:

Low Carb Days – Protein: 45% – Carbs: 20% – Fat: 35%

High Carb Days – Protein: 30% – Carbs: 60% – Fat: 10%