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My Carb Cycling Plan


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So im pretty new to carb cycling but have heard a lot of positive statements on here regarding it and read through several of the articles including the Carb Cycling Codex. Based on the basic recommendations in the article I put together my plan.

I am currently more focused on gaining mass. I would say im at an intermediate level (training for two years seriously now). I am more ectomorphic than anything.

My question is, based on the carb cycling routine below, is it possible to split my carbs up throughout more than just my first three meals of the day? I know I can "do what i want", so please no one respond with that. Im looking for real advice on if it will limit the whole effect of carb cycling by spreading out the carbs for the day among more meals. Given that I train at 10pm I would still consume the majority around of my carbs at breakfast, post training and meal #3. But I do like having some evening carbs as well, maybe just one more carb meal. Another possible idea I was considering is to break it down to 8 meals a day instead of 6. Again carbs would stay the same during those first three meals around my training however the rest of the carbs would be broken down into the other meals.

Does this sound like a productive way of carb cycling?

Based on the Carb Cycling Codex article heres how my week would look. I train three days per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Monday (HIGH CARB)
Workout: Chest + Triceps + ABS
Calories: 4,320
Protein: 300g 1200 Calories
Carbs: 375g 1500 Calories
Fats 180g 1620 Calories

Tuesday (LOW CARB)
Calories: 3,200
Protein: 300g 1200 Calories
Carbs: 225g 900 Calories
Fats 122g 1098 Calories

Wednesday (HIGH CARB)
Workout: Back + Biceps + ABS
Calories: 4,320
Protein: 300g 1200 Calories
Carbs: 375g 1500 Calories
Fats 180g 1620 Calories

Thursday (LOW CARB)
Calories: 3,200
Protein: 300g 1200 Calories
Carbs: 225g 900 Calories
Fats 122g 1100 Calories

Friday (MODERATE CARB)
Workout: Legs + Traps + ABS
Calories: 4,000
Protein: 300g 1200 Calories
Carbs: 300g 1200 Calories
Fats 180g 1600 Calories

Saturday (LOW CARB)
Calories: 3,200
Protein: 300g 1200 Calories
Carbs: 225g 900 Calories
Fats 122g 1100 Calories

Sunday (MODERATE CARB)
Calories: 3,500
Protein: 300g 1200 Calories
Carbs: 300g 1200 Calories
Fats 122g 1100 Calories

I used the activity formula described the article stating that on workout days most should multiply BMR by 1.6 and 1.4 on normal non strenuous work days. My plan reflects that