Nowadays there are hundreds of different ways, exercises, meal plans, and diets that continuously come forward claiming to help you lose weight or simply tone up and feel better in your own skin.
Carb-Cycling is just one example of these trends, making its way into the lives of fitness enthusiasts and health connoisseurs.
As a vegan, before adopting any sort of restrictive diet, even if it is minimal, one needs to take a strong look into a suitable meal that still allows us veggies to get all the protein, fiber, and other nutrients we need throughout the day since meat and all animal products have been removed.
In this article, i’m going to be explaining to you what a vegetarian carb cycling meal plan may look like and the best tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy and strong body throughout the crab cycling process.
What Is Carb Cycling?
Before we can get into the carb cycling menu for vegans we first need to take a closer look into what carb cycling actually means and what the role of the diet is.
The basis of carb cycling revolves around alternating your days between the high carb and low carb and sometimes even no-carb days.
Carb cycling is amongst some of the strictest diets and it used by hardcore athletes and bodybuilders who are exercising a lot of energy and have a specific body shape goal.
The goal of carb cycling for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters is to ultimately drop fat, gain muscle, or store carbs for long-term exertion such as marathon running.
It has also become increasingly popular as a weight loss booster and requires a lot of thought and planning in order to ensure your intake is exact compared to the amount of exercise you intend to do on any given day.
How to Carb Cycle as a Vegan?
For many of us, the fact that eating carbs to lose weight sounds absolutely out of this world as most diets are comprised for high protein low carb or high fat low carb , but carb cycling begs to differ.
Although a typical vegan diet include a lot of carbs naturally it is too very possible to carry out a vegan carb cycling diet, efficiently and in a healthy manner.
However saying this it may be more complicated for us veggies as of course our food options become more limited and thus more planning in advance is required if we are serious about reaping the results of vegan crab cycling for weight loss.
Carb cycling is either used for fat loss or muscle gain and thus the diet and your high carb vs low carb differs depending on what your goal is.
The basis of carb cycling revolves around reversing your daily intake to polar opposites each day.
Remember that a low carb day is equivalent to a high fat day and a high carb day is equivalent to a low fat day, however protein, micronutrients and healthy fats such as nuts and avocado should be equally introduced into the body.
A Vegan Carb Cycling Meal Plan
When carb cycling as a vegan, having a well-balanced and thoroughly calculated, and pre-planned out meal plan is essential to achieving the best results possible, avoid unintentional cravings, and achieve the best results.
An example of a vegan crab cycling meal plan may look like this:
High Carb Day
- Breakfast: Oats, fruits, and honey;
- Lunch: Sandwich with veggies and salad;
- Dinner: Tacos with spinach, sweet potato, and toppings;
- Snack: Fruit of choice;
- Rice and beans
- Wholegrain bread
- Vegetables ( kale, mushrooms, broccoli )
Low Carb Day
- Breakfast: Smoothie with fruits and coconut milk;
- Lunch: Salad with veggies and hummus;
- Dinner: Tofu stir-fried with coconut oil and vegetables;
- Snack: Nuts of choice.
- Plant-based protein powder;
- Tempeh, satan;
- Nuts and seeds;
- Nut butter.
As you can see, adopting a carb cycling diet is no joke, your intake needs to be exact and your days need to be altered exactly according to the amount of exercise you are planning on doing throughout the week.
Careful consideration and a deeper look into your vegan lifestyle are a must before taking on any sort of strict and rigid diet.