Carb Cycling Meal Plan

carb cycling meal plan

Carb Cycling Meal Plan

Carb cycling is a powerful technique to strip fat from your body and allow your muscles to get completely refueled and pumped from injections of carbohydrates in your diet.

In this article we’re going to designate a high carb diet day in contrast to a low carb diet day so you have a full meal plan to easily implement and get some stellar results which will have you beach-ready anytime of the year.

Remember this is an advanced strategy that will take a good amount of discipline to follow properly but it is also a great weapon in your arsenal to combat the low-energy that is so prevalent from low-carb diets.

Carb Cycling Meal Plan: Strategy

The strategy with carb cycling is best done with 3 days of low carb meal plan followed by 1 day of a high carb meal plan. This is simply cycled until you get to your desired goal.

The key for success is to start slow and have your first goal as something very attainable (e.g. 4lbs in 4 weeks).

The power of the low carb diet resides heavily on making sure you have tons of protein and as you guessed it you want to chose lean meats like skinless chickedn breast, fish, lean beef, eggs, nuts and of course whey protein (two low carb whey proteins that taste great are: Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion and Optimum 100% Natural Whey).

In order to make sure your body gets all the essential nutrients it is highly recommended that with carb cycling you take a multivitamin like Optimum Super-Multi Pak and an Omega-3 like Health Wellness Fish Oil.

So now what about the amount of carbohydrates you take?

On a low carb day you want to target 1gram of carbs per 1lb of your body weight.  So if you weigh 150lbs then you want to aim for a total of 150 grams of carbs in a day, this may sound like a lot but one banana is 30 grams of carbs so hopefully that puts it in perspective.

On a high carb day you want to target about 3-4 grams of carbs per 1lb of your body weight.  Quite a big difference, but this doesn’t mean you get to chose carbohydrates on the low nutrient level!

Carb Cycling Meal Plan: Low Carb Day

Here is a great example of a low carb meal plan to follow and of course you will need to add or subtract carbs depending on your body weight as noted above.

Meal 1:

4 egg whites, 2 yolks
1 packet instant oatmeal
1 whey protein smoothie (Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion and Optimum 100% Natural Whey)
Optimum Super-Multi Pak and Health Wellness Fish Oil

Meal 2:

1 large orange and a fruit yogurt cup

Meal 3:

6 oz of grilled chicken breast
1 cup steamed veggies (spinach, broccoli, snap peas)
20 oz water
Health Wellness Fish Oil

Meal 4:

6 oz extra lean ground beef
1 medium steamed yam
20 oz water

Meal 5:

2 scoops whey protein smoothie (Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion and Optimum 100% Natural Whey)
1 banana

Meal 6:

8 oz lean ground turkey
Spinach Salad
20 oz water
Health Wellness Fish Oil

Meal 7:

2 scoops Optimum 100% Casein Protein

Carb Cycling Meal Plan: High Carb Day

Here is a great example of a high carb meal plan to follow and take especial notice of the carb sources:

Meal 1:

4 egg whites, 2 yolks
1 packet instant oatmeal
1 banana
1 whey protein smoothie (Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion and Optimum 100% Natural Whey)
Optimum Super-Multi Pak and Health Wellness Fish Oil

Meal 2:

1 apple
1 cup of carrots

Meal 3:

6 oz of grilled chicken breast
3 cups grilled veggies (broccoli, beet, squash, peppers )
20 oz water
Health Wellness Fish Oil

Meal 4:

6 oz extra lean ground beef
1 large sweet potato
1 cup of beans
1 corn grilled or steamed
20 oz water

Meal 5:

2 scoops whey protein smoothie (Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion and Optimum 100% Natural Whey)
1 banana

Meal 6:

8 oz lean ground turkey
1 cup of brown or multi-grain rice
Spinach Salad
20 oz water
Health Wellness Fish Oil

Meal 7:

1 scoop Optimum 100% Casein Protein

Carb Cycling Meal Plan: Conclusion

There you have it, a very powerful and lean mean carb cycling meal plan that has the clear focus of stripping fat and at the same time allowing you to gang-busters on carbs so your muscles can be completely replenished of their energy stores. Remember this will take dedication and smart planning with reasonable goals that you can attain to see your body gradually change shape and your muscle tone to really shine.

Have any questions or feedback about this carb cycling meal plan? Please leave me a comment below..

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Sam Omidi is the founder of Weight Loss and Training and is accredited with a Bachelors in Kinesiology as well as certification in Nutritional Sciences, Personal Training and Advanced Exercise Nutrition. Follow Sam via Twitter @samomidi

  • http://twitter.com/SweetCMe Evelyn Cook

    Do you include the grams of fiber in your carb count?

  • Jillian

    Is this meal plan for men or women? Seems like the calorie count is really high on the high cab days.

    • http://weightlossandtraining.com Sam

      It’s actually for both as there are quite a few different variables regardless, but you have to try it and see how your body responds, the high carb days are meant to be high though so your body can replenish.

  • Theresa

    so how does this coincide with training? do you want to high carb on training days? is low carbing on training days a bad idea?

    • http://weightlossandtraining.com Sam

      Good idea to do your carb loading after a training session or the day before you train so your body will have that reservation to draw from. Low carb on training days isn’t that bad, but good idea to have some high GI carbs right before your workout or you won’t have the energy to push hard.

  • Ashley

    Should you use the weight you ARE or the weight you WANT to be. For example: I’m 119 – aiming for 114. Will using the 119 number still put me in the zone to lose weight?

    • http://weightlossandtraining.com Sam

      Use the weight you are, that is correct!