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Cycling Carbohydrates for Better Athletic Performance & Satisfaction

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Hi All,

What are people's experiences with carb cycling either with athletic performance or general level of function? On one hand 'switching things up to prevent habituation' and hormesis argument sound good. On the other hand, 'avoid poisonous things' and why prepare for an avoidable 'poison'?

I'm not asking about protein or fat, though I'd be interested to hear, because other posts have discussed those two.

In my experience (bearing in mind the caveats of Kurt Harris's latest post ), carb cycling appears useful, if only because something new can be interesting for a while. But, I haven't rigorously studied my experience.

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on January 28, 2011
at 08:10 PM

I wish there was! I love talking to people about this stuff directly. Email me! sherpamelissa at gmail dot com

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on January 28, 2011
at 07:53 PM

I'd be happy to exchange emails though, is there a PM function on this site?

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on January 28, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Sadly, I am not. I feel like I'm one of the last ones lol.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 28, 2011
at 07:31 PM

LOL, those are powerful motivators! Are you on FB, Todd? I'd love to add you.

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on January 28, 2011
at 07:03 PM

Impatience and vanity. I'm trying to get the last bit of fat off. Ever tinkering I am. Self doubt is powerful.

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on January 28, 2011
at 06:49 PM

Why are you trying to get into ketosis if carb cycling was working for you? Just being nosy.

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on January 28, 2011
at 04:44 PM

@Stephen: Can you be more specific about Athletic Performance? I don't mean to pry, but perhaps what type of activity and the nature of the change? How long have you been doing this? (I think you talked about your routine in response to: http://paleohacks.com/questions/15711/when-should-i-be-eating-my-carbs).

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on January 28, 2011
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@Kent: I've heard that it can reset leptin levels. But, I wonder if a few days as opposed to a few weeks is enough for your body to internalize the signal. Usually physiological response require more than a little nudging perhaps because adjusting can be metabolically expensive. I also wonder, is it a concern that a Paleo diet can make leptin levels fall so low (if this does happen).

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on January 28, 2011
at 04:25 PM

While I did very well on VLC Paleo, my Athletic Performance and Recovery both improved by introducing Tubers post heavy workouts.

I maintain VLC Paleo on non-heavy days.

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on January 28, 2011
at 04:44 PM

@Stephen: Can you be more specific about Athletic Performance? I don't mean to pry, but perhaps what type of activity and the nature of the change? How long have you been doing this? (I think you talked about your routine in response to: http://paleohacks.com/questions/15711/when-should-i-be-eating-my-carbs).

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on January 28, 2011
at 06:26 PM

Im dealing with this right now. I was cycling carbs on high intensity days and heavy lifting days. The past 2 weeks I have been trying to get into ketosis, so actively avoiding carbs. My workouts have been sub-optimal, as have been my recovery times. I'm trying to decide if this is just the "adjustment period" for ketosis. If I do not notice any positive changes after 2 more weeks, I will return to cycling carbs, as I feel like I'm currently not running optimally.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 28, 2011
at 06:49 PM

Why are you trying to get into ketosis if carb cycling was working for you? Just being nosy.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:31 PM

LOL, those are powerful motivators! Are you on FB, Todd? I'd love to add you.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Sadly, I am not. I feel like I'm one of the last ones lol.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 28, 2011
at 08:10 PM

I wish there was! I love talking to people about this stuff directly. Email me! sherpamelissa at gmail dot com

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:53 PM

I'd be happy to exchange emails though, is there a PM function on this site?

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:03 PM

Impatience and vanity. I'm trying to get the last bit of fat off. Ever tinkering I am. Self doubt is powerful.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on January 28, 2011
at 06:06 PM

I've done carb cycling along with calorie cycling and have seen nothing but benefits. I lost weight and gained strength at the same time. I also really think switching things keeps your body working harder and doesn't let you get into a rut. It helps me mentally to be able to do something different and have something to focus on. I like to keep my carbs around 75 grams, but will go up to 100 grams on workout days to help fuel my body. Right now I've just started Crossfit, but it's really not different than the three days a week of HIIT I've been doing for about a year now.

I don't think carbs are "poison" if you are eating healthy, non-grain carbs like sweet potato, yams, squash and some fruit.

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on January 28, 2011
at 04:07 PM

I think it's a good idea to up your carbs every once in a while if you're restricting them. I've read about it helping with resetting leptin(?) levels to help continue weight loss, if that's your goal. It seems to help with mine, anyhow.

But I generally stick to whole(r) sources - potatoes, fruits, vegetables, etc.

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on January 28, 2011
at 04:15 PM

@Kent: I've heard that it can reset leptin levels. But, I wonder if a few days as opposed to a few weeks is enough for your body to internalize the signal. Usually physiological response require more than a little nudging perhaps because adjusting can be metabolically expensive. I also wonder, is it a concern that a Paleo diet can make leptin levels fall so low (if this does happen).

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