Carbohydrates are our main source of energy, whether we are athletes or not.

When manipulated correctly, their intake can affect our hormones and consequently, weight and health. One approach to optimize carbohydrate intake is to alternate or “cycle” their consumption on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. When you cycle your carb intake, you vary how many carbs you eat throughout the week, with some days being low-carb and others high-carb while protein and fat remain the same.

The aim is to time carbohydrate intake to when it provides maximum benefit and exclude carbs when they are not needed. This can simply be carb loading before a long-distance race or reducing their intake to lose weight. But does this popular diet really work?

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