60% of the population has insulin resistance; they cannot get away with carb cycling.
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Most people start off burning sugar, running on glycogen and then they decide to go on a ketogenic diet. Then they start entering into ketosis, they start burning their body fat and start running their bodies on ketones.
Proof that our body was designed to burn fat and live on ketones is in the massive fat storage it has as compared to the small amount of glycogen reserve.
You have a lot more stored fat than you have stored sugar. An average thin person that weighs 154 pounds would have at least 77,000 calories of extra fat reserve but we only have 1,700 calories of stored sugar indicating that our bodies are meant to run on fat fuel not carbs.
One of the reasons why people want to do carb cycling is for their performance because their blood sugars go down and they don’t have enough fuel to support the muscles. But if you fully adapt yourself to keto, with time and done correctly you will not have lower blood sugar. You will be able to switch over to fat burning very comfortably and your performance will be very high.
Endurance athletes that get into ketosis for months and months and even up to a year burn three times as much fat as anyone else. Their systems are very efficient at burning ketones and they do not have this drop in performance at all.
60% of the population has insulin resistance, they cannot get away with carb cycling.
As you start feeding the person carbs allowing them to cycle in their carbs they never fully adapt to running on ketones because it takes time to go from burning sugar to burning fat. It is very fast to go back to burning sugar but adapting to burning fat takes a long time.
They need a low carb diet because it takes a while to convert to ketosis, adding carbs back into the diet merely puts them back into sugar burning and slows their progress.
Carb-cycling is not beneficial for the majority of the population who is insulin resistant. If you can get your body fully adapted to running on ketones you will not have problems with your performance and if your body needs glucose it will make it the liver has the capacity to make glucose out a protein and out of fat.
The best thing to do is do keto correctly with intermittent fasting so you are 100% in keto adaption and the need for carbs will be non-existent.
This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, Do Not Do CarbCycling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou1PJ3Nv6Lc
Dr. Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
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