I often preach about the dangers of cutting carbohydrates for long periods of time. It’s true, you don’t want to be cutting carbs from your diet on a regular basis as this can lead to muscle loss, hormone disruption, weakness, fatigue, moodiness, bad skin and a plethora of other issues. With that said, I also understand that too much carbs can bring on a look of fluffiness and get stored as excess fat, covering those hard earned muscles. But I hate diets and I also hate calorie restriction, so what’s a person wanting to lean out to do?
The solution is something called carb cycling or carb backloading. Instead of weeks of food deprivation, the focus is on timing your macro nutrients and consuming carbs only after you’ve finished weight training. Consuming large amounts of carbs (particularly the sugary and starchy kind) raises your blood sugar which triggers the release of the hormone insulin to bring your blood sugar levels back down. If you’ve just finished weight training, that’s good, because insulin will take the carbs you’re consuming straight to the muscle cells for rebuilding. At any other time of day, however, insulin will store those carbs as fat.
Manipulating this effect is the key to getting the perfectly lean, muscular, and strong body. I’ll now explain how it works and how I use it in my weight training.