Carb Cycling: The Turbo Cycle

If you want to shed those extra pounds extra fast, the Turbo Cycle is for you. Of the four original carb cycles (Easy, Classic, Turbo, and Fit), this cycle takes off weight the fastest. Unlike the Easy and Classic cycles, which alternate low and high carb days, the Turbo Cycle pits two low carb days against every high carb day. That means you’ll burn fat two days in a row before your body’s furnace (metabolism) is re-stoked on your high carb day, and you’ll lose weight really, really fast!

Even though the Turbo Cycle has an extra low carb day as compared to the Easy and Classic cycles, it is not a severely calorie-restricted cycle that will crash your metabolism. And since you’ll have two low carb days in a row, you may feel less energetic on the second low carb day. But this is okay. These low carb days are powerful weight loss accelerators!

Here’s what a Turbo Cycle week looks like:

  • Monday: Low carb day
  • Tuesday: Low carb day
  • Wednesday: High carb day
  • Thursday: Low carb day
  • Friday: Low carb day
  • Saturday: High carb day
  • Sunday: Reward day

Every breakfast—on both low and high carb days—will consist of a portion each of protein, carb, and fat. For the next three meals of the day, you’ll eat either a high carb or low carb meal (depending on which day you’re on). Your final of the day will ALWAYS be a low carb meal. Follow the portion size guide to put all your meals together. And as with the other cycles, you can stay with the Turbo Cycle as long as you want, or you can change cycles at any time. This program is tailor-made to you and you alone!

Learn more about the Turbo Cycle in our book, Choose More, Lose More for Life. And if you’re interested in learning about the Extreme Cycle, check out our book, Extreme Transformation.


And if you’d like some help creating your own meals, there’s a handy “Create Your Own Meals” chart in this post!

Note: If you’ve been carb cycling using our book, Choose Lose More, Lose More for Life, you’ll notice that we’ve changed a couple of things since that book was published: You now include a fat for breakfast, and every final meal of the day is a low carb meal. Like with a lot of things in life, the more you do them, the more you learn about how to do them even better!

950 Responses

  1. Was up until 2AM reading choose more lose more!! Just finished my breakfast for Day one of Turbo cycle. Plain steel cut oats (with some cinnamon) and eggs with green pepper and tomatoe. Im so excited to see how I do!! 🙂

  2. I’ve been using this cycle for 3 weeks and have been losing 1lb every week. This program has definitely made me more aware of the kinds of food I eat and how they make my body feel! Thanks for educating me on carb cycling…it has been the difference I needed!!

  3. You guys will probably never really know the ripple effect you are having on the world! In just MY small sharing of your mission and success tools, there have been hundreds of lives changed! I can share the compassion and the drive, but I was lacking the simplicity of your system. thank you and god bless

  4. Over 300 lbs I need to turbo cycle. The past couple of weeks I have started noticing nausea and faintness when I bend or do any exertion. Scared that its diabetes, too embarrassed to find out 🙁

  5. Looking to lose almost 100 lbs and this seems like something I can stick to. A little confused on what you would consider low/high carb but will continue reading to see if I missed something.

  6. What kinds of workouts could you do if you might feel less energetic on the 2nd LC day? Would HIIT or Tabata be out of the question?

  7. I’m really interested int trying carb cycling. I’ve printed stuff off to read about it and can’t wait to try.

  8. Well, I have downloaded the Choose More, Lose More for Life book on my kindle but I’ve decided I need the paper copy. I’m at least 120 pounds over weight and have decided to give your program a try. I hope it works!!!!

    1. Hi Team Powell,

      I was wondering do the nut butters (almond and peanut butter and cashew butter) come under fats or proteins and should they not be consumed on carbs day and only on low carb days?
      Thanks guys!

    2. Hi Shona: Nut butters are considered fats, and you’d only eat them on low-carb days. Hope that helps!

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