I’ve only heard bad things about ABCDE. Alot of people lose too much mass on the cutting phase while putting on too much fat in the bulking phase.[/quote]
I tried that back when I was…16 or so. Went from cut to fat in about a week. Of course, it was probably stupid of me to jump DIRECTLY into the bulking portion right after a severe Calorie deficit.
I don’t like these plans that focus on changing intakes to bulk/but during such short time frames. I don’t believe the body works in a perfectly linear fashion so that a simply Calorie deficit during ONE day can lead to fat loss, or vice versa. I think 12 days is just too short to rotate between Calorie intakes.
It is shown that, in the case of Calorie deficits and fasting, as time INCREASES, resting glucose levels and insulin decrease, and glucagon increases, with glucagon reaching substantially high levels at something like the 30 day mark, while insulin and glucose become very low.
That particular study was done with fasting animals but I believe the human body works in a similar way, in that hormone levels and enzymes take a little while to become upregulated/downregulated and that constant fluctutation between over and undereating prevents optimal progress towards gaining OR cutting.
It may not be entirely true, but I’ve noticed that while trying to achieve fat loss, things seem to move very slowly for the first few weeks and then its as if I wake up and in the course of one day am noticeably leaner, and from that point forward progress is extremely rapid and I feel more adjusted to the diet.
Sorry for the long winded and possibly inaccurate post.