Raise your hand if you’ve heard the phrase, “Abs are built in the kitchen, not in the gym.” It’s a fairly common gym mantra, albeit not entirely true. Abdominal muscles are in fact built in the gym, however, to remove the layer of fat over them and reveal your hard work to the world, you have to follow a proper diet.

Carb cycling is one way to approach this. The idea behind a carb-cycling plan is to alternate back and forth between low-carb days and moderate-carb days. This helps your body burn fat and preserve lean muscle mass at the same time.

Watch this James Grage video to learn three tips to getting started.