We’ve all heard about diets which target the carbohydrate intake of people. Some say they’re dangerous. Some say they’re useless. Others say they work. You’ll never know until you try it for yourself. However, the fact remains that diets like this are akin to starving yourself. Basically, no carb diets disallow the intake of some of the most common foods we eat everyday – pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, and similar foods.
Recently, I came across a new idea (at least it’s new to me) – carb cycling. So what is this thing all about? Basically, you do not starve yourself. You have days when you eat normally (with regards to carbs) and there are days when you limit your carb intake. Take note, the word I used was limit and not prohibit.
So on the days that you are not limiting carbs, the suggested intake is about 300 to 400 grams (per day). Experts say that this is around the normal amount the average person eats anyway. On the days that you limit your carb intake, then try to eat less than 300 grams. The trick is to watch what you eat. Try to eat more of healthy carbs such as fruits and vegetables. Avoid or limit white flour and sugar.
Following this program, you can still get the energy you need from carbs without having to starve yourself to death. In this way, you will not feel deprived and you won’t have the tendency to go on a binge. Sounds good to me!
Originally posted on July 15, 2010 @ 1:41 pm