Sorry if you have already answered this but what are your goals for your high carb and low carb days?
So I am following the plan on Chris Powells page (you can check out his website)
He is the famous trainer from Extreme Makeover Weightloss Edition, he specializes in extreme weightloss transformations.
The idea behind carb cycling (NOT the same as low-carb) is that you’re training your body to ONLY burn carbs as energy and not store them. Unlike low-carb where you’re teaching your body to use other sources as energy (fat or protein) I am a firm believe that your body needs carbs. Even neuro-science supports that when you dip below 120 grams of carbs on a consistent basis, your brain functioning starts to slow and you become less alert.
By alternating high and low carb days your body learns to become a carb burning machine. You’re still eating carbs on low carb days, so you’re not teaching your body that it will NEVER get carbs, it’s simply training your body to use carbs at a more efficient rate, and to encourage depletion of carb stores (i.e extra carbs that get stored as fat)
Now I will admit, this is new territory for me. But so far, for me, the science and research makes sense.
I hope I explained it correctly, or as best as I understand.
Chris’ websites does a great job with it too, so check that out for sure! I don’t remember it off the top of my head but shouldn’t take long to google him and find it.
There are different carb cycling schedules and you pick the program that works best for you 8)
I aim for 100-120 grams of carbs on low carb days (I do 2 in a row)
And aim for 250-300 on high carb days.
The only “issue” I have come across is that vegan is extremely difficult to pair with low-carb, so I am still aiming to get my calories up on low carb days. But it’s a learning process, and the goal is encourage my body to use energy more efficiently .