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Old 03-13-2013, 07:48 PM   #1
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Question Carb cycling?

When I asked a question about calories and how many I should consume each day.
Some of you suggested what I now know is called carb cycling.
Have high carbs on workout days, and less on rest days.
So I think I'm going to go for it.

I can't find much information on this, but I was wondering what the benefits actually are for eating the same amount of calories, everyday is?
Will you build more muscle eating above maintenance everyday, as apposed to only eating more carbs on your workout days?
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First, you have to separate calories and carbohydrates, they are two completely different things.

While rotating carbohydrate consumption, calorie consumption does not have to decrease.

I kind of wished I'd never mentioned it to you, you seem to be stuck in OCD mode and getting bogged down.
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See if this helps any.

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Thanks for that.
From that article, it actually looks like I'd be better just doing a traditional bulk.
It says in there that carb cycling is more fine tuning, sort of like a happy medium between muscle building and fat lass. You'll lose weight and build muscle more slowly.
With the traditional bulk, you build muscle faster, with abit more fat gained in the process.
As long as doing a traditional bulk isn't going to make me look fat then thats fine.
Hopefully the muscle I do build wont make any fat I gain look as bad.
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Thanks for that.
From that article, it actually looks like I'd be better just doing a traditional bulk.
It says in there that carb cycling is more fine tuning, sort of like a happy medium between muscle building and fat lass. You'll lose weight and build muscle more slowly.
With the traditional bulk, you build muscle faster, with abit more fat gained in the process.
As long as doing a traditional bulk isn't going to make me look fat then thats fine.
Hopefully the muscle I do build wont make any fat I gain look as bad.
I know it has been said before, if you are going to do a bulk, expect some fat. If you want to do a "lean bulk," realize that less fat will also mean less muscle. I agree with OR, you are way over thinking this.
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Ok, well I guess I'll stick to the traditional bulk for now.
I agree, I am over thinking.
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Ok, well I guess I'll stick to the traditional bulk for now.
I agree, I am over thinking.
Just EAT, already!!!!!
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Why is it you would build more muscle if you were on a regular bulk then? Why is do you build muscle more slowly with carb cycling if the carbs you consume are for energy?
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Carb cycling isn't the answer, macro cycling is. When cycling macros the calories remain pretty consistent. If you'd oil up the hinges on your wallet and fork over $10.00 to Shelby, it would all make sense. Until then, stop reading all the contradictory crap on the internet; it just has you confused.

Don't worry about "This Method" vs. "That Method"

As long as you are gaining weight slowly and adding plates to the bar every month, there is nothing to worry about. If you gain too quickly, cut back a bit. If you aren't gaining, bump it up a bit. Simple.

Just get busy eating and lifting and leave the scientific crap for when you are big and strong. The first year or so you should be able to make gains even if you do everything wrong as long as you work hard enough and eat enough.
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Carb cycling isn't the answer, macro cycling is. When cycling macros the calories remain pretty consistent. If you'd oil up the hinges on your wallet and fork over $10.00 to Shelby, it would all make sense. Until then, stop reading all the contradictory crap on the internet; it just has you confused.

Don't worry about "This Method" vs. "That Method"

As long as you are gaining weight slowly and adding plates to the bar every month, there is nothing to worry about. If you gain too quickly, cut back a bit. If you aren't gaining, bump it up a bit. Simple.

Just get busy eating and lifting and leave the scientific crap for when you are big and strong. The first year or so you should be able to make gains even if you do everything wrong as long as you work hard enough and eat enough.


I had a look at the book, but I'm in the UK I can't find anywhere else to buy it.

I'll tell you how it is.
I'll sound like an idiot here, but this is why I'm pondering which option to go for.
There's this girl I've liked for years, she likes me too, and she's invited me to go to the Canary Islands with her in July.

Its kind of a big chance for me, and while my fitness goals are very important, this is all I can think about at the moment.
I'm in my final year of school, and decided to be home schooled by my mum who's a teacher. The schools ethos sucks, and is rapidly gone down hill from been one of the best, to one of the worst due to a change in headship and staff.
I've been going here there and everywhere since I left doing exams, and haven't seen her in ages because I've been out of town.
We speak everyday, and were both really missing each other, she's like my best friend.
So, this summer as I said were going to the Canary Islands, which is where half my family comes from, and its a chance to make things happen, with all the exams and stress out of the way.

Obviously though, I want to look my best, rather than been half way through a bulk looking podgy, on an island thats predominantly beaches.
I'd be incredibly self conscious the whole time.

I know you say I wont get fat on a bulk, but I'll still gain some fat. Particularly I'm worried about it being noticed on my face.
If she asks me "have you put on weight" I think I'll die.
Yes, I believe you all when you day I wont get fat, but maybe there will be a noticeable difference even if its slight?
Please don't laugh at me guys :P
I know it will sound silly, but thats why I'm trying to gauge this right.
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