K-battis, the easiest way for me to give you an idea of how it works is to use you as an example.
A few questions: What days of the week do you work out? What’s your TBW, LBM and body comp goals?
Carb cycling is a concept or an approach, more than it is a RIGID, precise plan to which you have to conform. It is a rigid plan as far as carb choices go. But as far as how you cycle your days, it’s exceedingly flexible. Since everybody’s goals, needs, body comp and workout schedule are different, each plan would be slightly different.
It takes 3 weeks for the body to settle into new eating patterns. Adjustments to the program (if needed) are typically made at 2 or 3 weeks. That’s the beauty of the approach. It can be adjusted for fast or slow metabolisms.
In answer to your question, though, I decided to test this approach sans cardio; i.e., without cardio of any description. Energy system work can be done and is complementary, but it is not a critical component.
What I have noticed about carb cycling vs other dietary approaches is that scale weight is not lost quickly, especially if you’re doing a type of resistance training that provides a stimulus for growth/hypertrophy (EDT; ABBH, HST).
Maybe I can get apayne to stop by and share his experiences with CC.
Will-of-Iron, the same offer holds for you, since you’re the guy who started this whole thing. (grin)
There are many approaches to managing/maintaining leptin levels; cheat meals, Cyclical Ketogenic Diets (weekend refeeds), refeed meals, refeed days. The CC diet does positively and effectively manage leptin levels. One of the things I like about the diet is that cravings are non-existant. I don’t miss my cheat meals. I turn my nose up at pizza. I don’t lie in bed at night dreaming of chocolate birthday cakes (my particular “thing”).
T-Dawg 2.0, modified or not, and a CC approach are two entirely different animals, though. There is nothing in common between the two. Not that you can’t evaluate the approach, but it’s more of an either/or thing. You either do T-Dawg OR you do CC.