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Old 06-05-2014, 08:42 PM   #1
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I have been thinking about giving carb cycling a try. I really like low carb diets, but I lose too much weight. I do not think I would count macros, just more go with a base meal plan and stick closely to that.

Who has done carb cycling? Any feedback?

I will add I am a competitive strongman.

My main question is when is it best to have your high carb days?

I was thinking the day before lower body, and the day before strongman. Many resources say to do the high carb day on the same day as the hardest workouts, but I train first thing in the morning. I though it might be better to fuel up the night before.

Thought?

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I found this article pretty useful. Carb Cycling for Idiots
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If you're going to do such a restrictive diet, I would really recommend counting calories so you don't overdo it one way or another...
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I found this article pretty useful. Carb Cycling for Idiots
Thanks bama, great article
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I train in the PM, but I still eat my big carb days the day before squats, and the day before deads.
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I've done lots of experiementing with manipulating macros. I lost all my strength when I did anything ketogenic, but I've read so many positive things I just consider myself an anomoly.

I'd definitely recomend having your high carb day before your most intense training days. I don't train first thing, but I usually train at lunch time and I've found carbs the night before to be extremely beneficial to my performance. I tend to have more of those amazing days where everything moves fast and feels good when I cram carbs the night before.
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I tried such a nutrition plan several years ago. It can work, but it has its drawbacks as well. I stopped it after a few months and went with a different eating plan. But if you want to try it, I discuss the plan I followed in detail in a three part article on my fitness site: “Cyclic Nutrition Program for Hormone Optimization” - http://www.fitnessforoneandall.com/n...c/part_one.htm
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I have been thinking about giving carb cycling a try. I really like low carb diets, but I lose too much weight. I do not think I would count macros, just more go with a base meal plan and stick closely to that.

Who has done carb cycling? Any feedback?

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I'm a big fan of Carb Cycling and have used it for both gaining and losing. When it came to my high days I always planned them on my squat and deadlift days.

I think what you have planned is a good idea especially since you train first thing in the morning. You may have to experiment with it to check your results.

I would try do a half day of high carb, train first thing in the morning, and have a high carb meal after workout. It's all about experimenting brother to see what works best for you.
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Thanks guys, great tips in here.

Still thinking of planning this out. I will likely just have a few base meals, really the only variety in my feelings is dinner after work. Will just have to plan that out better, no big deal
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