Carb cycling

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    Nov 08, 2010 10:57 PM GMT
    Has anyone tried it out before? I just started it today. Any suggetions or success stories?
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    Nov 08, 2010 11:34 PM GMT
    Although I have cycled thousands of miles in my lifetime, including triathlon events, I never heard of Carb cycling.
    What is it?
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    Nov 08, 2010 11:35 PM GMT
    I'm on it. It's good, you can lose body fat and keep it off. It's hard to get on the cycle, but once you're on it it's surprisingly doable to keep up. I follow the anabolic diet guidelines (12 days off to start, 2 days on, 5 days off, 2 days on, 5 days off etc...)
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    Nov 08, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    NotThatOld saidAlthough I have cycled thousands of miles in my lifetime, including triathlon events, I never heard of Carb cycling.
    What is it?


    It's a way of manipulating the energy systems your body uses. If you follow it correctly you can lean out with minimal muscle loss.
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    Nov 09, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
    At first I read Crab cycling and was pretty sure my response would be... NO! But i've never heard of carb cycling. In general, the best results for long term health would be to eat a balance of carbs,. fats and protein. If you feel the need to cycle, determine what your physical needs are. Are you training for endurance events, muscle building or just trying to trick your body into losing weight quickly. If its the later, your body will eventually seek out a balance in your diet and the results will be temporary.
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    Nov 09, 2010 5:37 AM GMT
    Carb cycling is used by many in contest prep. Some folks swear by it.

    I've done it, with moderate success.

    My personal preference is NOT to carb cycle. I think I have better gains, and more consistent fat loss when I don't do carb cycles.

    I DO think it makes sense to eat more on days you do legs. They, are, after all, 2/3 of your lean muscle mass. I'm not so sure I'm sold on low carb to depletion and then re-carbing and starting over. The thinking is that it keeps your metabolic rate up because you carb back up before you get laggy but I don't buy it.

    My personal experience was that I felt drained on low carb days from not eating enough, and sleepy on high carb days. For me, a more consistent diet works better.
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    Nov 09, 2010 8:02 AM GMT
    I've had success with cycling for the last 10 weeks. Went from 180 to 158. Cycling to up my game with running. Key for me is having meals prepared and sticking to 6 meals per day.

    I'm doing 5 days on and 2 days off. Off days are usually my back days at the gym. Down side, you'll have some muscle lose, but I figure that will come back with a clean bulk cycle.

    Consistence is key and water. Good luck.