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Calorie "Cylcing"?

Anyone ever try this/have success with it?

I found this link that give you what your calorie "cycles" should be like, going up and down a little, to 'trick' your body into burning more calories.

Does this really work? Sounds plausible.


Mon. Aug 27, 12:45pm

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It's a good theory, makes a lot of sense -- but I could never do it for more than a week because to keep at it requires more obsession (is this a 1400 calorie day or an 1800 calorie day? But I have a birthday party on a 1200 calorie day so what do I do...etc. etc.) than I already indulge in when it comes to eating right. In short, life and lifestyle get in the way, which is why this type of eating is really only done by professional bodybuilders. That's all they do, day in day out, is obsess over their muscles and their protein shakes and whether it's better to eat every 2.5 hours or every 3 hours.

Monday, August 27, 2007, 4:11 PM

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 7:39 AM

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From 4:11

BTW, it's worth the hassle to do it for a week to help shift a plateau.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 10:13 AM

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it works!

My trainer/nutritionist put me on something similar. The theory is that to lose "weight" what you really aim to do is lose body fat while adding muscle mass. So I would have an "up" calorie day on the days that I weight train, a "target" calorie day on the days I just did cardio, and a "down" calorie day on the days that I do yoga or days that I take off.

People who get stuck doing WW also follow the "wendie" plan which is essentially mixing up high/low days which in theory "keeps your metabolism guessing."

Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 5:12 PM

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5:12 here - and by the way...

when I was working the diet and training hard, I lost 8# of fat in 6 weeks!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 6:11 PM

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