By Trainer Sean October 2012
"Carbohydrate Cycling" is one of the more complex contest preparation methods and one that a new competitor should NOT use. Again, women need to stop worrying about what others are doing and focus on keeping things simple
If you are a seasoned competitor, you should still seek out the advice of a contest coach who also deals in nutrition, but you can certainly try it from your own research provided you are willing to take the risks involved with it...mainly the fact that you could not do it properly and end up not losing enough fat or depleting your body too much.
In saying that, those who have perfected it use it as an effective fat loss technique. The principle is that you lose fat by taking in a low amount of carbs and before your body can adjust to this carb level and slow its metabolism BOOM, you reintroduce carbs and stoke the metabolic furnace again. When the furnace is stoked, you cut carbs again and the body keeps incinerating fat. You repeat the cycle over and over to keep your body off guard and by not giving it a chance to put its defence mechanisms into action (your body craves homeostasis and will adjust anything it has to hormonally when it senses that homeostasis is not being maintained). This technique can be used for an entire contest prep and is one of the kind of techniques that someone could follow as long as they like as long as they do it correctly.”
Sisters In Shape Note: Touche on the point about women often comparing themselves (& even comparing their prep diets) to others. Sisters In Shape is a big advocate in the power of keeping things simple and consistent. It’s the hard work, not the tricks, that get real results