I have some scientific studies in my closet with references of low-carb experimentation from the 1920s.
A lot of bodybuilders from the old-school used a “fish and water” diet which is pretty much a protein-sparing modified fast.
The god-damned fastest way to lose fat is with a PSMF. Apparently you didn’t see my Rapid Fat Loss thread. You should check it out. But if you can’t tolerate some headaches and drowsiness for a few hours, I don’t know how you’ll tolerate the first few days of a near-zero-carb diet.
Elusive, carb cycling works for weight control and loss; but this guy wants the fastest way possible. There is no faster way than a very-low-calorie low-carb diet.
WHY THE FUCK IS EVERYONE IN LOVE WITH CARB CYCLING?
Why get headaches and all that crap when it isn’t even necessary. Low-Carb diets are NOT the “fastest” way to get results when wanting to lose body fat. you lose a ton of water and glycogen the first few days/week and that’s why people go OMG I FEEL SOO LEAN ALREADY BLA BLA BLA. At the end of the day: high fat or moderate carbs, it all comes down to the calories.[/quote]
Right, it’s only a matter or calories; that’s why there are so many studies and articles regarding the effects of the content of those calories.
If it were a matter of calories only, we could simple tell clients and write articles saying, “eat less; exercise more.” If it were all so simple.
I have an RD friend who works in a clinic for obese people. Some of have lost HALF their initial bodyweights with PSMFs. That’s not just a loss of glycogen and water.
I myself have lost a total of 20 pounds over two stints on the Rapid Fat Loss Diet and am keeping it off. I lost two inches on my waist. That’s not just a matter of losing water and glycogen.
The OP is asking about losing weight QUICK. Maybe I don’t know what he means by quick. Bodybuilders don’t get ready for competition quickly; their contest prep can take 3 to 4 and in some cases, five months. Quick to me is a span of 2 to 6 weeks. Quick weight loss requires consuming the LEAST amount of calories while maintaining muscle mass.
Let’s take a 200 pound guy with 15% bodyfat. He has 30 pounds of LBM. His maintenance kcal amount is 3,000 kcals. What’s going to work quicker? A modest caloric deficit of 10 to 15% (300 to 450 kcals) or very-low-calorie and low-carb diet consisting of ~1,300 to 1,500 calories coming lean protein and fibrous vegetables and a small amount of EFAs?
I’m NOT trying to push the Rapid Fat Loss or Velocity diets on anyone. And the only real applicability of such low-calorie diets to bodybuilders would be in cases where they are off track or miscalculated how initially fat they were at the start of contest preparation.
I think that carb cycling is great. Perhaps I shouldn’t have “shouted” my question on here. However, there are guys contemplating this approach when they barely have any experience tracking their body composition and gym performance. There are guys thinking of this approach that are 175# and 15+% bodyfat at 5’10". Does their status warrant a sophisticated approach? Not at all! In most cases, these are men who jump from routine to routine and diet to diet. What they shoud do is stick to a normal baseline diet and make appropriate adjustments along the way for at least one year, in my opinion. THEN maybe they can experiment successfully with other approaches.
By the way, the carb-cycling king himself, Justin Harris, has stated repeatedly on here and You Tube that peope with 15+% bodyfat can lose weight on a simple lifestyle diet.