Carbohydrate Cycling For Weight Loss

Runners can rotate no-, low- and high-carbohydrate days in order to shed a few pounds. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

Modifying Carb Cycling For Runners

The issue with traditional carb cycling is that it’s pretty extreme and often difficult to follow. Unlike weightlifters, runners usually train 5-6 days per week. Moreover, weightlifters mostly rely on short, alactic bursts of energy while runners require a fairly constant supply of glycogen. Therefore, a runner can’t severely restrict their calorie and carbohydrate intake without suffering mightily on their runs, which will also bleed into subsequent workouts.

Instead, runners can break down the carb cycle process to better coincide with the continued energy demands of distance running. Rather than approach carb cycling with the all-or-nothing tactic weightlifters implement, runners can employ a carb-cycling methodology that utilizes no-carb, low-carb, and high-carb days that correspond with specific training days. Maintaining this type of carb-cycle approach will enable a runner to specifically target days when carbohydrates and calories are needed for performance and recovery while still allowing for the calorie and carbohydrate deficit needed to lose weight.

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