Group 1 Carb Cycling
Carb-Cycling! The New Way of Losing Weight?
Carb-cycling has been reported by NOWTOLOVE.com as the newest method to lose weight fast, claiming that it could help anyone who undertakes it lose five kilograms in two weeks. Carb-cycling is the regulation of carbohydrate intake based on energy expenditure during exercise over the course of a day. It has been endorsed by a prominent Hollywood personal trainer and Dietician Georgie Fear.
The article was correct when it said that including green leafy vegetables, lean protein sources, complex carbohydrates in the diet will aid weightloss. This is furthered by a regular exercise plan and an intention to lose weight. The advice also aids muscle retention due to the increase protein intake.Despite following a similar structure to the keto diet (high fat intake, low protein intake and even lower carbohydrate intake), the article lacks support and quality endorsements. It provides no sources for its information and relies on word of mouth to convince the reader that the claims are true.
The main issue with the information provided is the lack of specificity. While it adequately describes carb cycling, it does not provide any suggestions of carbohydrate intake(g) for the high and low carb intake days. This means that the information cannot be tested to see if it is correct.The magazine does not claim to be specific to dietary advice. It advertises as a specialist in big glossy pictures. This reduces trust in it as a source.
It is difficult to comment on how realistic the diet is as there is a lack of clinical research and trials testing the diets theory. However, if the amount of weight loss had been as big as stated in the article, we would assume that the carbohydrate intake would need to be very low on exercise free days. Therefore, the diet would be hard to implement because of the numerous side effects associated with low carbohydrate diets. Furthermore, extreme weight loss diets are not recommended and should be avoided on the long term. A sustainable progression of weight loss would be about half a kilogram. This is a recommendation from the guidelines provided by the NHBIL and a consistent national guideline across Europe. A rate of weight loss that adheres does not carry the same risks as those that accompany yo-yo diets.
Joshi and Mohan published an article in the Indian Journal of Medical Research that shows the pros and cons of some popular extreme weight loss diets. They came to the conclusion that none of the diets work in the long run, including those that involve carbohydrate restriction. This reinforces the previous statement showing that the carb-cycle diet is unrealistic and unsustainable as it is essentially a crash diet
The article does contain information that is true. The link between exercise and carbohydrate requirement has backing in research. However, the nature of the diet and the way that the information was presented in the article produced more questions than answers. There is a lack of research on the term, suggesting it is a fad and the research that was available on related diets and metabolic processes only proved to further discredit the article, reducing trust in the information provided.