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Keto vs Carb Cycling


#1

I'm currently 205-210 lbs 12-13% bf, and finishing up a bulk right now and beginning my cut on sunday. I plan to cut for 4-6 weeks and am curious as to your opinions when it comes to choosing a diet. I've read thib's carb cycling codex and also some keto articles on the internet so i have a general idea about both methods but which is superior when it comes to maintaining muscle mass? I'm not looking to get down to 4-5% bf, just a 4-6 week cut to lean out for summer.

thanks


#2

If you JUST finished bulking (and you added on at least 10-15 lbs) I would advise you to eat at maintenance and NOT simply jump into a cut, else you are more likely to lose the muscle you did gain during the bulk.

I guess it also depends on how drastic your cut is.


#3

how many carbs are you currently eating while bulking? I ask because it may be easier to just cut back on total serving sizes. Add some cardio and viola.


#4

sorry for not posting that in my original

my current carb breakdown looks like this

3 low days, 2 moderate days and 2 high days

low day -260
mod day - 350
high day - 440


#5

They're both good at maintaining.

I'm with Alwyn Cosgrove and several others on this one. Once you've built muscle and kept it for a substantial amount of time, it's very easy to maintain it, even on a very-low-calorie diet.

Perhaps very advanced men will have a problem with maintaining muscle mass, but not beginning and intermediate men.

Both approaches work. A ketogenic approach might work faster.

And it's not only a matter of which one is better? Which one do you LIKE better? Which one do you think you can LIVE WITH.


#6

Personally, I would just lower the carbs I had on each day and maybe only have 1 high day each week. Also, I would hit the cardio hard, being that you only plan on cutting for 4 weeks.

Keto'ing can work, of course. Its just a completely different dietary set up to what your doing now.

IME, I happen to hold on to my strength better with carbs in my daily diet or at least with carb ups here and there.