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protein cycling

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 22, 2010 at 5:33 PM

does anyone use protein cycling?

i've heard it* has longevity/cell repair benefits (similar to caloric restriction but way less hassle and you don't look like a skeleton) and is used by some weight lifters to actually increase the effectiveness of protein uptake/synthesis at other times during the eating cycle. Not to mention intuitive use in many cultural/religious traditions (PLEASE DON'T START ANOTHER FLAME WAR, JUST SAYIN')

so:

  1. any credence to any of these claims?

  2. do any of you use it? if so what is your protocol (i.e. set frequency/duration, or just occasional protein fasts) and any noticeable effects?

  3. does abstaining from ALL calories (i.e. does general fasting=protein cycling?) have the same effect

                                         or 
    

    is abstaining from protein calories while consuming fat and carbohydrate calories necessary?

  4. if you ARE consuming only carbohydrate and fat calories, what is a good way to do this and still get enough calories while staying within paleo guidelines?

*protein cycling=basically protein fasting. not consuming any protein for intervals of time on some kind of schedule.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I've cycled calories and carbs, but never protein! I'm interested to see the responses.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on December 22, 2010
at 10:23 PM

Link to the article?

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on December 22, 2010
at 09:34 PM

Great link, thank you

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on December 22, 2010
at 07:45 PM

I do general IF, which would technically be protein fasting. I think this would achieve the same goal.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 22, 2010
at 07:40 PM

Thanks for the concise summary and advice.

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on December 22, 2010
at 07:28 PM

Lots of info on protein cycling is freely available here:

http://knol.google.com/k/ron-mignery/protein-cycling-diet/2s3nmvrwklbxs/1#

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on December 22, 2010
at 09:34 PM

Great link, thank you

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on December 22, 2010
at 05:42 PM

I just read about protein cycling a couple weeks ago. Tried it on Monday (which is normally a fast day or heavily caloric restricted one) and I felt great all day. I probably had 800 calories in the form of pasture butter, heavy cream, and some veggies. Felt even better Tuesday. I think I'm going to try this every Monday for a month or two and see how it goes.

So I basically had 0g protein that day. The article I read recommended anywhere from 0-5% of total calories for that day to constitute a protein fast/off cycle.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on December 22, 2010
at 10:23 PM

Link to the article?

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 22, 2010
at 07:40 PM

Thanks for the concise summary and advice.

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