Is Carb Cycling for Everyone?

While I truly believe that carb cycling is an incredibly effective strategy, I recognize that it isn’t for everyone.

  • If you are moderately active, but want to lose weight...carb cycling would be a good fit.
  • If you have tried traditional restrictive diets, lost weight and gained it back, carb cycling is for you.
  • If you have tried low carb or no carb diets and felt deprived and overwhelmed, carb cycling is for you.
  • If you are looking to change your overall body composition, and look more lean and toned, carb cycling is for you.
  • If you have a foundational understanding of a whole food based diet, carb cycling is for you.

However, there are some groups of people who are not suited for carb cycling.

Carb cycling is not for children.

Your children will certainly benefit from a whole foods based diet, but need to have a healthy daily balance of carbs, fats and proteins to grow.

Carb cycling is not for people who have limited understanding of a whole food based diet.

If you are not someone who has a firm understanding of whole foods, and have been surviving on boxed mac and cheese and chips...carb cycling may not be the best place to start. Once you have learned about macronutrients, and how to eat whole foods, then you can move on to carb cycling as a more advanced weight loss strategy.

Carb cycling is not for people with diabetes...without careful supervision from a healthcare provider.

Because carbohydrate intake is so closely related to glucose levels, it is not something you should enter into without your healthcare provider’s approval and guidance if you have diabetes.

Carb cycling is not for someone recently recovering from or in the midst of an eating disorder.

The focus on tracking macronutrients can be incredibly helpful for some, but for those who have recently recovered from an eating disorder or are in the midst of recovery, carb cycling could be detrimental to that process.

The benefits of carb cycling reach far and wide, for a large segment of the population. Whether you have 10 pounds to lose or 50, carb cycling is likely a feasible way to help you meet your goals. However, as with everything else, carb cycling has its limitations. If you are uncertain whether this strategy is for you, talk with a registered dietician, personal trainer or healthcare provider.

As a trainer, I have met countless women who have benefited from this strategy and know whether it would be a good fit. If you have any questions, I would love to answer them. Feel free to contact me through the contact form here to schedule a free phone consult!

Cheers! Jenny