Assuming most people work out in the afternoon/evening, Carb cycling as described in the posts and articles here makes sense. On your high carb/calorie day, you load up on the goods, then you workout in the evening. It makes sense.
I’m struggling with that logic if you workout in the early am (like I do). I lift M/W/F and do conditioning workouts T/Thurs, so MWF are my high carb/calories/low fat days, while tues/thurs and the weekends are my low carb/lower calorie/higher fat days. I get to the gym around 5:45-6am.
I’ll use Mon and Tuesday as an example.
Sunday was a low carb day, so I feel like when I hit the weights on Monday at 6am, I’m sluggish. Then I spend the rest of the day eating high carbs, calories and low fat. Tuesday is my conditioning day, and I feel pretty good, to be honest, and I’m wondering if it’s because I loaded up on all those carbs the day before.
The the cycle begins - I spend the rest of that day eating low carb and I feel sluggish lifting on Wednesday.
It’s definately not me - never had this problem before I started cycling - so the questiion is:
Should I reverse it so that my high carb/calorie day happens the day before the hard workout? Or is carb cycling just not compatible with early am workouts?