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4/12/09 10:49 P

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I agree - just don't go crazy and wipe out all the deficits you made over the week!

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4/8/09 7:29 P

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Thank you for the info! emoticon

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4/8/09 12:21 P

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One last thought - it's best to time your higher carb days with particularly intense workout days and/or times when you'd normally be inclined to consume more carbs (aka weekends or social outings).

It does mean you actually have to look at your schedule and plan your eating in advance, but working _with_ your normal life rythmns instead of against it will mean you'll have a greater chance of sticking to it, and ultimately success.

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While I can't speak about the whole staying in or out of ketosis aspect, the physical benefits for me have been huge - the fat around my torso is finally giving up the fight!

Think of carb cycling vs. one constant level of carbs as the difference between steady state exercise and high intentsity intervals. One gives you some benefit, but doesn't really make your body work, while the other one is causing your body to constantly push itself and then recover.

Carb cycling gives your body a few days of low carbs and can start pulling energy from the fat stores, then when your physical energy is almost depleated, you add in a high carb day to give your body that extra bit of fuel to keep going. Then you start the cycle all over again.

It also acts as a bit of calorie cycling because your higher carb days are usually a bit higher in calories so your body never gets used to one set pattern, and can stave off the potential of your body's starvation response kicking in.

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4/8/09 11:11 A

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By now I am familiar with the benefits of low-carb dieting: decreasing insulin, controlling appetite. I am wondering what are the benefits of carb-cycling? I can see how it might be easier psychologically, but are there physiological benefits as well? If your goal was to be in ketosis, I believe your high days would have to still be pretty low, or you'd be out of ketosis and it takes a few days to get back there.

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