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This new dieting trend promises to help you shift stubborn kilos and banish bloating

In the age of health and wellbeing, carbs have long been regarded as public enemy number one.

But in recent months, a new approach to nutrition and weight loss has taken the Australian fitness industry by storm – with plenty of carbohydrates allowed.

The circadian rhythm diet, more commonly known as ‘carb backloading’, involves restricting carbohydrates in the morning and throughout the early part of the afternoon and saving your carb consumption for the evening meal.

The hashtag has more than 48,000 posts on Instagram, with users sharing incredible transformation photos and an array of the tasty treats they snack on every evening.

‘Carb backloading’, involves restricting carbohydrates in the morning and throughout the early part of the afternoon (pictured, Brisbane based fitness influencer Actively Aoife shows off her carb backloading and macro counting transformation)

Sydney based fitness influencer Vanessa is a follower of carb backloading and regularly posts about the diet on her Instagram

Sydney based fitness influencer Vanessa is a follower of carb backloading and regularly posts about the diet on her Instagram

BENEFITS OF CARB BACKLOADING

* No afternoon slump

* Reduced bloating 

* Better sleep

* Works well socially as you can eat more freely in the evening

* Nightly feast while remaining in a calorie deficit

Contrary to popular belief, having a carb-heavy dinner at night time may actually be the key to shedding stubborn kilos if the principle of carb backloading is to be believed.

Carb backloading works on the idea of only eating carbs when your muscles are most likely to store them as sugar, which is generally late in the day after exercise, as opposed to early in the morning when the body stores them as fat.

The regime falls under the umbrella of the keto diet, a nutrition plan which causes the body to burn fat reserves for energy.

Social media users regular post the carb-heavy dinners and evening snacks they like to indulge on whilst observing the ‘backload’, including cheesy sandwiches and burgers, chocolate ice cream, bacon french toast and fried meats.

The hashtag has more than 48,000 posts on Instagram, with users sharing incredible transformation photos and an array of the tasty treats they snack on every evening

The regime falls under the umbrella of the keto diet, a nutrition plan which causes the body to burn fat reserves for energy

The hashtag has more than 48,000 posts on Instagram, with users sharing incredible transformation photos and an array of the tasty treats they snack on every evening

Social media users regular post the carb-heavy dinners and evening snacks they like to indulge on whilst observing the 'backload', including cheesy sandwiches and burgers, chocolate ice cream, bacon french toast and fried meats

Social media users regular post the carb-heavy dinners and evening snacks they like to indulge on whilst observing the ‘backload’, including cheesy sandwiches and burgers, chocolate ice cream, bacon french toast and fried meats

Contrary to popular belief, having a carb-heavy dinner at night time may actually be the key to shedding stubborn kilos if the principle of carb backloading is to be believed (pictured is Mariah who follows the trend)

Contrary to popular belief, having a carb-heavy dinner at night time may actually be the key to shedding stubborn kilos if the principle of carb backloading is to be believed (pictured is Mariah who follows the trend)

By fuelling the body predominantly with healthy fats and protein, blood sugar levels are naturally regulated and fat burn gets a major boost.

Carb backloading also promotes serotonin (aka the happy hormone) production, as well as replenishing muscle glycogen stores which makes us feel more satisfied and more relaxed. 

Backloading instructs adherents to opt for healthy carbs such as whole grains pasta and rice, lentils, quinoa and sweet potato.

But many dieters still find room to munch on more-ish snacks while maintaining a state of ketosis in the body. 

Many dieters still find room to munch on more-ish snacks while maintaining a state of ketosis in the body

Many dieters still find room to munch on more-ish snacks while maintaining a state of ketosis in the body

Celebrities including Made In Chelsea's Louise Thompson and her personal trainer fiance Ryan Libbey (both pictured) are outspoken advocates of carb backloading

Celebrities including Made In Chelsea’s Louise Thompson and her personal trainer fiance Ryan Libbey (both pictured) are outspoken advocates of carb backloading

Laurence Fountain, founder of UK transformation gym Salus London, told the Sun that we all need carbs to function.

‘If you do want to eat carbs for breakfast, try to make sure you’re adding fat and protein to the mix to remain fuller for longer,’ he said.

But if fat burning and overall alertness is your fitness goal, holding out until night time will provide the best results. 

Celebrities including Made In Chelsea’s Louise Thompson and her personal trainer fiance Ryan Libbey are outspoken advocates of carb backloading and macro counting.



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