WHAT IS CARB CYCLING?
Carb cycling is an intentional variation of carbohydrate intake each week. Most carb cycling plans consist of high carb days and low carb days. In this program, we base our cycle on the workouts we will be doing to maximize fat burn and energy levels.
WHY CARB CYCLE?
Long-term restriction of carbs and calories can lower your metabolic rate and negatively affect your hormone levels. This is a big reason women find themselves at a weight loss plateau. For a short period of time a restrictive diet will bring results, however, over time it will cause your metabolic rate to decrease.
WHAT DOES CARB CYCLING DO?
It allows for planned high carb days that increase your thyroid output and help control your hunger. Because you are cycling carbs, you will also have low carb days that offset the high carb days. With this type of cycle, you will continue to see fat loss, increased energy levels, and improvements to overall body composition. When Carb cycling is paired with intermittent fasting and effective workouts, it improves insulin levels, helping your body to store less fat.
WHAT IS INTERMITTENT FASTING?
Intermittent fasting is not a type of diet, but an eating schedule. Your body is always in one of two states fed or fasted. In the fed state (anytime your body is digesting food), your body’s insulin levels make burning fat a challenge. However, in the fasted state (8-12 hours after your body finished digesting), your insulin levels are lower and better able to reach into your fat stores. People rarely go into a fasted state throughout the day. In fact, the traditional theory of several small meals per day keeps us from ever reaching the fasted state. While eating small meals during the day can lead to weight loss, you will likely be losing both muscle and fat. When you lose muscle, you lower your metabolic rate and make it harder for your body to burn fat. Even if you’re losing weight you might be frustrated that you never feel toned and fit.
SO YOU DON’T EAT?
Not exactly, in our programs, we have eating windows, combined with high and low carb days. We eat all the time! We simply confine our eating to a shorter window through the day, allowing our bodies to enter into a fasted state.
WILL I BE FASTING DAILY?
Yes, this program is called the FASTer Way to Fat Loss because we focus on implementing cutting-edge nutrition strategies like intermittent fasting. We will be fasting daily.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE ANY SHAKES OR SUPPLEMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM?
NO! Throughout the program, we talk about the importance of probiotics, protein and other supplements like BCAA’S. While we are happy to share the products we use and love, none of them are required to participate. We are huge proponents of fueling your body with real food, and this program is based on that premise. Nothing is required but hard work, commitment, and positivity.