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The Carb Cycling Diet: Balancing Hi Carb, Low Carb, and No Carb Days for Healthy Weight Loss Paperback – February 24, 2009
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Understand that I'm perhaps not its typical reader. I have a MS in exercise physiology and have been a competitive athlete for working on 40 years - running, cycling, triathlons, tae kwon do, etc. This book is NOT geared towards athletes. The author's idea of a workout is to lift some weights and - on a different day - do an hour of aerobic work. For me, a short workout is 2 hours. Long days in peak triathlon season are 8-12 hours, and sometimes even more. This is relevant because of his advice - eat carbs on days when you lift, but have fewer carbs on aerobic days. For me, the days when I absolutely have to eat carbs are the long days. I can work out for an hour or two with no nutrition, but performance starts to suffer longer than that. Ride for 100 miles and then hop off and run a half marathon without nutrition? Fuggedaboutit.
His good ideas are:
1) Have high carb days and lower carb days, depending on your activity, both duration and type. This makes sense in terms of maintaining an appropriate level of glycogen and body fat. It does require a bit more planning though. This is where the name "carb cycling" comes in, btw.
2) Have carbs only after working out, not before. I think this is a great idea, because this limits the fat deposition - carbs are preferentially sent to glycogen stores when they are depleted and to fat when they are full. So before you work out, carbs are much more likely to be deposited as fat while after you work out (especially within 1-2 hours) are more likely to be stored as glycogen.
3) The dietary change must be a lifestyle change not something done temporarily.Read more ›
This appears sound, makes sense on a high level but I've found that it takes me 2 days on a no carb diet to reach ketosis (verified via test strips). This cycling every other day won't work for me unless it's accompanied by much more exercise than I can currently manage given my schedule. Sure, the fitness experts who are already at a gym, and have a few hours a day to devote to that can make this work, but a dad with kids, a full time job, hobbies and life. It's more time than I can afford to give.
What I can do is control what I put in my mouth. I can do the no/very low carbs, just not the 2+ hours of exercise several days a week. Is this the fault of the book? Nope, the book proposes a method that can work; it just doesn't fit me is all. I am not blasting the theory or thinking in the book, just being realistic that not all things work for all people.
4 stars, I like it, wish I had more hours in a day and when I get some time will add in more exercise to my daily life. Perhaps as winter comes along?
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I love this book since it explains why catb cycling works di well. I used with f. Carlotto's book to become thinner and I believe better looking as I've gotten older. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rita Contreras
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A very informative and educational read. In my attempt to learn all things about carb cycling- this book does a great job getting into the meat of why and how it works for your... Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by J. J. Mccreary
Not sure exactly how much I lost but definitely noticed a big difference. It's a simple and intelligent diet that can be easily incorporated into even the busiest person's life.Published on October 1, 2013 by Jennifer Jones
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Very informative book with easy to follow guidelines for weight loss. Recipes and exercise plan included that are included are very helpful.Published on August 15, 2013 by sonny385