Lose Weight Eating Carbs: Carb Backloading

By GetFitFocus

There are numerous diet plans and options when it comes to choosing a weight loss strategy. Typically effectiveness varies based on individual results.

The effectiveness of many weight loss options depend on the person trying it. It is up to individuals to try and weed out the winners from the losers. They can use their experiences to identify which strategies are most effective. Strategy choice is also based on what’s best suited to their specific lifestyle and biology. One strategy or option to consider is – carb-backloading!

What Is Carb-Backloading ?

The basic idea behind backloading is that you are going to time your meals, or more specifically time your consumption of carbohydrates.

You’ll do this by eating carbs like bread, pasta and other simple carbs immediately after you have engaged in intensive cardiovascular training. The best cardio workouts for this method are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). That means that you will intake low-carbs or no-carbs for the majority of the day. Only after you have finished an intense cardio training session you will be allowed to have pasta or a sandwich.

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Why Does It Work ?

The idea behind this system is to first empty the energy stored in the muscles (glycogen). What this does is to create a demand on the body that will ensure that the new sugar influx is not stored as fat. The body only stores excess sugar as fat when it doesn’t have any use for it. If your blood sugar is low when you eat then your body will use some of the incoming sugar rather than storing it.

Conversely, the body also stores a small amount of energy in the muscle cells as glycogen. This allows us to operate physically when we have low blood sugar and we are burning energy too quickly to rely on fat stores. When this is depleted the first priority for the body (after powering basic functions) is to restore this energy. Therefore, any carbohydrates that you eat within a short window of opportunity will be sent to the muscle and not the belly.

How To Get It Right ?

Before you try this system, it is important to note that it doesn’t work if you only use a steady state cardiovascular exercise like jogging.  If you sprint or perform a high intensity workout then your body will have no choice but to use the glycogen. The body will not have enough time to burn fat during this period, as the energy need will be too great. Since we can only maintain max output for a short amount of time this is where HIIT workouts shine. These workouts are the perfect way to use up this form of energy and create that necessary demand.


As previously stated, the effectiveness of this weight loss strategy will come down to individual results. However, give it a shot if you want to indulge in some carb delights while on your way to that Fit Body!

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