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calorie cycling

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Created January 18, 2013 at 3:11 PM

I have been cycling my calories for the past 2 weeks and i have been in a hypercaloric state. Last night i kind of binged with natural peanut butter and cottage cheese and my macros for the day were P:310 C:90 F:187 with roughly 3000-3100 calories(i usually cycle between 1800-2500 cals), i was wondering if the surplus of calories goes towards building and repairing mass instead of going into adipose tissue. Any advice is much appreciated.

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on January 23, 2013
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Then I think hormonally you are in a pretty good position to use the excess. Body-building recomp' is generally +15% bulk, -20% cut. I am personally doing this (though not exact calories) but upping my calories (carbs) considerably on workout days, eating VLC on complimentary/rest days.

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on January 22, 2013
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i usually do crossfit workouts bench mark WODs along with bodyweight WODs and 5 times out of the week i do tabata cycling on top of that

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i usually do crossfit workouts bench mark WODs along with bodyweight WODs and 5 times out of the week i do tabata cycling on top of that

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on January 22, 2013
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I think it really depends on the specifics of your recent activity.

That being your body will partition according to its needs. I.e. If you haven't taxed your muscles, you probably won't be partitioning much protein for growth, nor carbohydrate for glycogen. Though if you have been somewhat active and hypercalorific you may have some glycogen depletion in your muscles/liver. Also depending on your fat adaptation your body may even convert the protein to glucose rather than using it for muscle growth.

This is completely uneducated guess work with no credibility other than vague memories of things read and heard. I am bored at work at the moment and so felt like answering.

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on January 22, 2013
at 11:10 PM

i usually do crossfit workouts bench mark WODs along with bodyweight WODs and 5 times out of the week i do tabata cycling on top of that

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on January 23, 2013
at 09:08 AM

Then I think hormonally you are in a pretty good position to use the excess. Body-building recomp' is generally +15% bulk, -20% cut. I am personally doing this (though not exact calories) but upping my calories (carbs) considerably on workout days, eating VLC on complimentary/rest days.

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on January 23, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Calorie cycling's "theory" is to keep your body guessing and not adjust to the amount you're eating. However, it only works if you're not in a large caloric deficit before the high calorie day. This is because in nature, when your body senses you don't have enough food, it adjusts your metabolism to that level. Then, when you "find food" (or eat more/binge), it stores the extra calories assuming there won't be food again. Although, if you're in a small deficit, the body doesn't sense starvation and I believe those extra calories don't get stored as fat too easily (unless of course you go way above maintenance) and especially if you exercise (specifically with heavy lifting) the extra will go toward fuel and muscle. Some folks even believe you HAVE to have a caloric surplus to build muscle, but I've seen otherwise.

I guess my verdict would be don't eat above maintenance too often, but certainly don't eat in a large deficit either. For weight loss, keep a small deficit and cycle your calories to maintenance every two week; for muscle gain, eat at maintenance and slightly over once a week-onece every 2 weeks; and to do both rather slowly but simultaneously, eat at maintenance cycling between a little above or a little below once a week (i.e. first once a week below, second week once above).

Remember to stay in tune with your body, however, and note just exactly what DOES work for you. It may sound cliche, but it's true: Everyone is unique.

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on January 22, 2013
at 10:50 PM

According to Lyle MacDonald, excess dietary fat beyond current energy demands is stored in adipose tissue.

Do a search on VLC folks complaining of not losing weight and look at how much fat they are eating. The over-reaction by paleo to the medical establishment "fat is bad" has translated to "fat is magically burned preferentially when I'm VLC and I can eat all I want".

According to Lyle, Martin, and others who get people in SHAPE fat is the LAST thing you should over eat as far as leaning is concerned. Carbs, depending on your exercise lately, may or may not be burned or utilized for muscle building, glycogen replenishment, or stored in adipose tissue. Over-eating protein is the most innocuous in this scenario; it's used for repair or burned for energy before being stored as fat.

Over-eating carbs at certain specific times/circumstances can have metabolic leaning effects. But too many, within reason, and adipose tissue will store them.

The main thing is balance. Over the course of a week, did you burn more bodyfat than store new fat? Some food at every meal will be stored as fat. And fat will be burned off your body every day. It's accounting.

That said, I've never achieved any result other than adding fat to my midsection when eating nuts period. Using them for calorie-ups has unequivocally resulted in that sad occurrence being amplified. Nuts are the last LAST thing I'd use to calorie cycle period.

Wonder why one craves nuts so badly, especially when one has been regularly decreasing bodyfat? Your body isn't stupid. It wants to be fat while your will wants to be lean. By craving nuts, your body knows they are a sure fire way to re-build lost bodyfat.

Same goes for ice cream in my case :(

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on January 22, 2013
at 09:38 PM

To be honest, we need more detail on your daily activities and has been eaten beforehand...

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on January 22, 2013
at 11:43 PM

i usually do crossfit workouts bench mark WODs along with bodyweight WODs and 5 times out of the week i do tabata cycling on top of that

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