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    Calorie Cycling - Lose Fat+Build Muscle

    Hi Guys

    I know that a calorie surplus is needed to build muscle while of course a calorie deficit is a requirement for muscle burning.

    I was wondering if I could ask from a theoretical and practical point of view whether calorie cycling to achieve both of these goals work where you may eat something like 20% less than maintenance calorie level on non-workout days and 10% more on workout days.

    Has anyone seen fat loss and muscle gain (albeit probably very small gains) using such a method? Can anyone argue from a theoretical point of view that this would not work?

    Possibly to speed up the fat loss one could make sure that any HIIT cardio is done on every non-workout day?

    Thanks Very Much
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    There's a thread on this topic going on the losing fat board. I'd check that out first and then set a diet plan. I've been doing it for 3 weeks now and have lost 9 pounds while gaining strength. I do 3 days no, 1 low, 3 high. The only day I feel sluggish is the 3rd low day but that is also a leg day for me. Give it a shot considering it's working very well for so many others.
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    Originally Posted by P01Shooter
    There's a thread on this topic going on the losing fat board. I'd check that out first and then set a diet plan. I've been doing it for 3 weeks now and have lost 9 pounds while gaining strength. I do 3 days no, 1 low, 3 high. The only day I feel sluggish is the 3rd low day but that is also a leg day for me. Give it a shot considering it's working very well for so many others.
    Just curious, why would you be lifting on a no carb day? That's counterproductive for muscle gain...
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    Originally Posted by P01Shooter
    There's a thread on this topic going on the losing fat board. I'd check that out first and then set a diet plan. I've been doing it for 3 weeks now and have lost 9 pounds while gaining strength. I do 3 days no, 1 low, 3 high. The only day I feel sluggish is the 3rd low day but that is also a leg day for me. Give it a shot considering it's working very well for so many others.
    I think he's talking about calorie cycling, as opposed to carb cycling.

    I'm not sure about this idea, although maybe mini-bulks and mini-cuts (two weeks each, maybe?) could work.

    If anyone more knowledgeable than I wishes to add onto this information, or discredit it completely, please go ahead. I want to learn too!


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    Originally Posted by The Godfatha
    Hi Guys

    I know that a calorie surplus is needed to build muscle while of course a calorie deficit is a requirement for muscle burning.

    I was wondering if I could ask from a theoretical and practical point of view whether calorie cycling to achieve both of these goals work where you may eat something like 20% less than maintenance calorie level on non-workout days and 10% more on workout days.

    Has anyone seen fat loss and muscle gain (albeit probably very small gains) using such a method? Can anyone argue from a theoretical point of view that this would not work?

    Possibly to speed up the fat loss one could make sure that any HIIT cardio is done on every non-workout day?

    Thanks Very Much
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