Boost metabolism and blast belly fat in just two weeks with ‘effective’ high carb diet

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Following a strict diet and intense exercise programme can be difficult, but fitness specialist Rowan Cooke has shared a simple weight-loss method that doesn’t cut out your favourite carbs

When it comes to shifting those pesky pounds, many dieters avoid pasta and bread at all costs, but fitness experts have revealed how increasing your carb intake twice a week could actually help you reach your weight loss goals.

This comes as recent GOV.UK data reports that 26 percent of adults and 23.4 percent of children aged 10 to 11 are living with obesity, placing huge pressure on the NHS. Also known as carb cycling, the weight loss method involves going back and forth between high-carb and low-carb days, which allows your body to burn fat instead of carbs and muscle tissues.

According to Bulk.com, the process can help to repair your metabolism, which is often affected by crash dieting – such as eating under 800 calories. Sport and exercise science specialist Rowan Cooke said: “If you are eating a calorie deficit and exercising several times per week but not losing any weight, this could be because your metabolism isn’t functioning correctly.”

The recommended daily food intake for the average woman is around 2,000 calories, or 2,500 for men. The Mayo Clinic adds that between 900 and 1,300 calories should be from carbohydrates – translating to between 225 and 325 grams of carbs a day.

Protein intake is usually the same from day to day, whereas fat intake varies based on carb consumption. High carb days usually means low fat, while low carb days are high fat, explains Healthline. Rowan continued: “With carb cycling, you will spend two days eating a high amount of carbs, between 175 to 275 grams, and three days eating a low amount of carbs, between 100 to 125 grams daily. During the two days you eat more carbs, you will do just 15 minutes of HIIT daily.

“After a HIIT workout, your body can burn calories for 24 to 48 hours, which is known as the afterburn effect. While this cycle works across five days, for example, between Monday and Friday, during the remaining two days in the week, you can aim to eat how you normally would.”

The expert explained that this method is “effective” as you are never deprived of foods that are often restricted on a typical diet. “Normally on this cycle, you will begin to notice small results within two weeks. You can see significant results in the six weeks and enjoy a balanced, healthy lifestyle,” Rowan concluded.

It’s important to note that if you’re not participating in exercise while carb cycling, you could gain weight on high-carb days. There is limited research on the long-term effects of the weight loss method, but WebMD has said it’s generally safe to do for a short term. Make sure that you consume a balanced, healthy diet so that you keep blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels under control.

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