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5/25/12 8:35 P

I'm not a huge fan of Dr. Oz. But, from peesonal experience, I sometimes plateau after a few weeks of eating within my recommended calorie range and consistent weight loss. If changing up my workout doesn't bust through it, I found that having one day of eating higher than my range normally shocks my system enough to get things moving again. Not exactly calorie cycling, though.

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5/25/12 6:46 P

I agree, Dr Oz is a waste to watch but my gramma loves it, and this did seem like an interesting concept. I personally can't be bothered to yoyo like that... but i'm pleased to read the feeback! Cheers everyone!

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5/24/12 3:20 P


Even calorie cyclers don't (AFAIK) eat that way. Good gracious - swapping every day between 1200 calories and 2000 calories? That's an 800 calorie gap every day!!

No. I say again NO.

IF you're interested in trying calorie cycling then think of it more as a cycle than a flip-flop. You might have 1200 calories on a low day, then 1500 the next day, and 1800 the day after, then 1400 and down to 1200 again - repeat.

I really don't think even pro-cycling folks recommend flipping between 1200 and 2000 daily. That sounds incredibly unhealthy.

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5/24/12 1:28 P

Quick fixes are just that. If the weight comes off quickly it will pile back on quickly. It takes consistency and a commitment to your health for permanent change.

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5/24/12 12:45 P

I haven't read the article in question, and don't know much about the technique, but I do know one thing: stop watching Dr. Oz. He's a snake oil salesman who will promote whatever supplement he's paid to promote, and doesn't care about the science (or lack thereof) behind it.

HE's not a good source of health advice.

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5/24/12 11:49 A

Calorie cycling is a known technique employed by especially the body builders. In the muscle building phase, typically about 4 days, they would consume enormous amount of calories and hit the weights hard. In the next phase, the remaining 3 days, they will just starve themselves to remove the fat stored during their muscle building phase, because the body stores fat much faster than it builds muscle even if the person is doing ST like crazy. But for the "starvation mode" to really kick in, the body needs more than just 3 days, so it actually never happens. That way, they build muscle and lose the fat, so that the muscles become more visible at the same time. If they did not do the low calorie diet of the last 3 days, the stored fat would mask the muscles and thus their muscle building effort would be worthless.

However, that does not mean that they are the healthiest people. Cardio exercises are more associated with longevity than strength training.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 5/24/2012 (11:55)

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5/24/12 5:58 A

A lot of people use a calorie cycling technique, where they eat towards the high end of their recommended calorie range sometimes and the low end other times. I didn't click the link, but I'd be wary of this plan if it calls for more extreme varations in daily intake.

Coach Jen

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5/24/12 4:56 A

I saw this on Dr. Oz

I was wondering if anyone had any insight or thoughts about it.

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