For those looking to lose weight, get toned and promote lean muscle mass, Carb Cycling is a simple and effective diet plan to consider. The idea revolves around alternating your diet between low carb and high carb days. Dieticians have found that healthy carbs promote muscle growth while cutting back on carbs can promote fat loss and inhibit fat gain. Carb Cycling works on the premise that by alternating high carb and low carb days, it will keep your body guessing, burning fat and building muscle for optimal results. So what do the high carb and low carb meal plans look like?

A Few Guidelines to Consider

Healthy carbs include whole grains, like oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat pasta and rice and whole grain bread, as well as sweet potatoes, fruit and berries. On low carb days, swap these carbs for veggies. 

High Carb Day

Breakfast- Oatmeal with fresh berries, cinnamon, agave and fat-free milk

Snack- Banana

Lunch- Burrito in whole wheat tortilla filled with fresh veggies and a lean protein

Snack- Apple and a handful of raw almonds

Dinner- Homemade whole wheat pita pizza, made with pesto, chicken, broccoli, sundried tomatoes, asparagus and mozzarella cheese (Recipe here: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/favorite-gourmet-nutrition-recipes we could always do some separate recipe posts)

Low Carb Day

Breakfast- Omelette with broccoli and tomatoes 

Snack- Handful of baby carrots 

Lunch- Salad with low-calorie dressing, lots of vegetables and lean protein

Snack- Celery with peanut butter

Dinner- Sirloin burger with coconut cauliflower mash (Recipe here: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/favorite-gourmet-nutrition-recipes we could always do some separate recipe posts)