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By Beginner Bodybuilding Guide
The principal of carb cycling comes from the ketogenic diet where you use fat as your primary energy source it is all about cycling the carbohydrate intake so that you never lose any muscle.
Although this kind of sophisticated manipulation of carbohydrates in your daily eating plan is for very advanced bodybuilders it can be used very effectively by anyone who wants to lower their body-fat from 10% to less than 6% for a competition or a specific event.
Losing fat with carb cycling should only be done for a maximum of 8 weeks. If you have not reached your percentage body-fat that you were shooting for after 8 weeks then you are doing something very wrong and you should stop. It requires TOTAL dedication, as there are no cheat meals or breaks, you simply continue until you reach your objective.
There are many different patterns one can use for carb cycling but the four-day carb cycle is the most common. It has you eating very low carbs for three days and then one day of high carbs. But it needs to be worked out specifically using your age, weight, height and gender as well as your basal metabolic rate (BMR).
The calculator to work out what your own specific daily carbohydrate requirement is when on a carb cycle diet is freely available online. You simply enter the required details and you will see exactly how many carbs you should eat on a low carb day and a high carb day.
The quality of the carbohydrates that you eat and the fiber and vitamins and minerals that you get when on this diet are critical to get good quality fat loss without any muscle loss. Good results come from attention to detail like the quality of the fat that you eat.
You need to always make sure that this vitally important part of your diet gets the attention it deserves and always only eat unprocessed foods getting your quality fat from nuts, avocados and olives. Omega-3 fatty acids need to be considered as well by taking in ground flax seed or flax seed oil.
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