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Calorie Cycling? Good, bad, indifferent? edited

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 19, 2012 at 12:40 AM

I'm on a ketogenic diet. I follow Leangains style fasting and ususally workout fasted. My goal is to cut body fat. Generally speaking my calories are between 1500 and 1800 a day from Monday through Friday, but come the weekend I am prone to eat a little more. I'll end up eating between 2000 and 3000 calories (while remaining under 50 g. of carbs...may be more but I subtract fiber carbs).

If I eat on the higher end of the calories (>2500) then I'll try and fast through Sunday

Could cycling calories like this, while remaining on the Leangains style IF schedule, be a bad thing for weight loss? A good thing? Does anyone purposely cycle their calories? I havent done a carb re-feed yet.

What are your thoughts?

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:35 PM

AFAIK = As Far As I Know

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on February 19, 2012
at 06:48 PM

what does AFAIK mean? and i used the fasting schedule but not his actual diet guidelines

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on February 19, 2012
at 12:47 PM

Pretty much all foods are carbohydrate sources. If you need to eat substantial amounts of carbohydrates to avoid serious hormonal problems then I think there's lots of people just waiting for that definitive evidence so why not share? Or else get over the eat damn starch dogmatic nonsense.

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This. I'm not familiar with ketogenic diets, but LG is not one AFAIK. It certainly is not low-carb by any means. LG works, I've been on it for several months and have lost fat while retaining muscle mass.

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on February 19, 2012
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im 5'6" between 152-155

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I'm doing something similar at the moment. Big protein/fat breakfast, fast all day, workout, eat dinner. Is working for me.

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on February 19, 2012
at 02:03 AM

leangains is this: 16 fast/ 8 hour feeding carb cycling calorie cycling.

if you are not doing the above you aren't doing 'leangains' your just IF. Leangains is high carb.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on February 19, 2012
at 09:46 AM

This. I'm not familiar with ketogenic diets, but LG is not one AFAIK. It certainly is not low-carb by any means. LG works, I've been on it for several months and have lost fat while retaining muscle mass.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on February 19, 2012
at 06:48 PM

what does AFAIK mean? and i used the fasting schedule but not his actual diet guidelines

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:35 PM

AFAIK = As Far As I Know

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on February 19, 2012
at 10:24 AM

I know a woman who carb/calorie cycles paleo style with IF; works well for her.

but if you're excluding all carbohydrate sources you're asking for some serious hormonal problems later down the line.

I say get over the paleo has to be low carb dogmatic nonsense and eat some damn fruit or starches. :-) and 50g carbohydrate from vegetables doesn't really exist; they provide basically zero carbohydrate.

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on February 19, 2012
at 12:47 PM

Pretty much all foods are carbohydrate sources. If you need to eat substantial amounts of carbohydrates to avoid serious hormonal problems then I think there's lots of people just waiting for that definitive evidence so why not share? Or else get over the eat damn starch dogmatic nonsense.

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on February 19, 2012
at 05:57 AM

Having a day or meal as a "cheat" can help keep the body guessing and prevent a plateau if you're at that stage in weight loss where your body will start to hold on to fat, but 3000 cals is a lot, especially if you're doing that twice a week (and on back to back days). I would do one cheat day a week of about 2000cals on a day you're training hard, and the rest of the time stick with lower cals and lower carb.

Also, I have never believed in the whole "net carbs" thing. The Polumbo diet is similar to a Keto with "net carbs" and it has never worked well for me. I keep it around 30-40, train daily, and keep my calories pretty much the same all week. I find it easier than constantly having to climb back on the wagon.

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on February 19, 2012
at 04:04 AM

MIchelle what is your height and weight? I'm doing a similar thing and am wondering if it is appropriate for my needs.

I'm 5"9" 140-145

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on February 19, 2012
at 05:25 AM

im 5'6" between 152-155

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