After browsing Builder’s prep thread and being seriously cutting fat myself right now, I would like to get some discussion/opinions going regarding (clean) carb or Skip loading VS big cheat meals during a serious cutting phase.
Some possible starting points:
- Under what conditions is either carb loading or a big cheat meal useful/relevant during a serious cutting phase? For example, stage of cutting phase, low-carb vs mod/high-carb approaches…
- What works “better” (could be physiological and/or psychological)? Carb loading or one large cheat meal/cheat day?
- What parameters works best with both approaches? Amounts? Timing? On training days? etc.
In my previous cutting phases with Shelby, I typically got a 1h window at the end of the day to stuff myself with whatever I wanted VERY late into the cutting phase. Looking back, I don’t particularly like that approach because of the psychological roller-coaster it produces and the physical side-effects (stomach pain, bloating, etc.). I once did a clean high carb day instead (6 meals with 50g carbs or so) and it felt awesome after a long period of low carbs and the training was great.