Guest Blog Post
Hey Coach Rahz here and I got a really good guest Blog post today from a fellow Fit Pro from across the pond. His name is Mirsad Hasic and he’s a online publisher for multiple blogs and has a really cool website called Ab-Solutely-Fit.com
So without further a do, Let’s give a Big MetaBurn Welcome to Mirsad Hasic.
Carb Cycling — The Under appreciated Path to Rock Hard Abs
Yeah, we get it — you’ve heard it all before. Abs are made in the kitchen, not on the gym floor. Ooh, we even got a little poetic flow in there too, who knew?
All jokes aside, we can’t ignore the power of nutrition when it comes to building the bodies we want. Any bodybuilder will tell you that food is fuel and nothing more than that, so if you really want to build your own Ferrari, you need to know how to fuel it up for maximum performance.
Shattering the Diet Myths Surround Ab Work
Getting great abs and keeping them can often be two different things. Yes, there are ways people shortcut their way to getting abs, but they’re temporary. Nothing lasts when you go about it with unsound principles dancing in your head.
To say that diet doesn’t matter would be like saying you don’t really need a good engine in your car to get from Los Angeles to Vegas. Sure, you could travel the length in a soapbox derby car and rely on human power, but it’s going to take you five times as long and you’re going to be exhausted by the time you get there — if you don’t just turn tail and go back to L.A., of course.
Carb Cycling, Defined
Bodybuilders have been using carb cycling tactics for years to do a wide variety of goals with their bodies. If they want to shred fat, they’re going to be carb cycling. If they want to bulk up, they’re going to be carb cycling. But that doesn’t describe what CCing is really all about.
Well, it’s straightforward enough — you want to feed your body different macro-nutrient profiles in order to keep your body guessing so that it doesn’t fall into just burning at a set point and keeping you from your goals.
It does make carbs the star of the show, but it doesn’t just focus on the carbs. You also will need to adjust your protein and fat accordingly.
Most bodybuilders do this basing it on activity rather than just going by “feel”. You will naturally want to adjust later, but there’s nothing wrong with starting with a higher amount of carbs for your lifting days, and then lowering it during times where you’re not lifting.
The body uses carbohydrates as glucose to fuel the system, but protein to feed and build those muscles. You will also need to ensure that you’re giving the brain enough fat to function.
Different percentages work for different people. You might want to try 40% carbs, 40% protein, 20% fat — or switch over to 50% carbs, 45% protein, and 5% fat when you’re lifting. There are so many ways to carb cycle, but the importance is that you’re changing things up. The standard schedule seems to be three days “low”, with 1 day high.
The Quality of Your Carbs Matters
You have to make sure that you’re going with quality sources for all three macro-nutrients. When it comes to carbs, the type of carbs that you choose matter. Don’t just bulk up on pasta and bread and crackers. You will want to go with roots, tubers, and nuts as well. Those are going to give you more energy and also break down slower, nourishing your body better than a loaf of white bread ever could.
Don’t forget the veggies, either — going with cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, onions and celery aren’t bad options and they can really make your dishes burst with new flavors. Fruits also have their place — natural sugar isn’t a bad thing at all, and our ancient ancestors would have eaten fruit if it was ripe and in season! Apples, pears, bananas, tropical fruit and more are all great selections to add.
Protein sources can include chicken, beef, lamb, eggs, tuna, oily fish like salmon and mackerel, as well as cod, halibut, walleye and more.
The Big Fat Question
Fat is something that people have been having a hard time dealing with forever. Here’s a newsflash: your brain needs it! Your body needs it! Your mood depends on it! However, not all fats are created equal.
You will definitely want to make sure that you’re getting it from animal fat, butter, coconut oil and sparingly from olive oil and other polyunsaturated fats. The body gets a lot of Omega-6 fatty acids as it is from a standard Western diet, and this often leads to inflammation and slower recovery. Olive oil has a place, but it doesn’t need to steal the show.
Avoid vegetable, canola, and soybean oils as much as possible — they are often rancid from the beginning, or they become rancid quickly. Overall, now is the time to seize control of your health through nutrition. Even though it might sound boring, it’s really the best way to go if you really want to build those rock hard abs!
Coach Rahz Back… As I said Mirsad delivered a great post and if you liked his post check out is blog too. Let me know if you have any comments or questions about any the the information in this post I will be more than excited to break it down for you.
As Always Stay Fit, Stay Firm the Surgery Free Way!