I don’t know what to think about the usefulness of refeeds for fat loss, physiologically speaking. The basic idea, as I understand it, is that, by eating big (especially a lot of carbs) every now and then during a low-calorie, low-carb diet, you make your body think “Ok, there’s plenty of food and easy energy available, so I don’t have to cling to these fat stores”.
But my intuition on this is that, if periodic refeeding does have a physiological benefit, it is pretty minimal, and that the real benefit would be psychological (for those who must have cheat meals to stay sane). Lyle McDonald does advocate them, though he’s careful not to claim too much for them, if I recall his position correctly. Yet there are people who swear by them, and claim that their bf% is lower the day after a big refeed (although bf% fluctuates, so I don’t know if this would be all that significant).
I know without a doubt that I LOOK better the day after eating a bunch of sugar and such, but that might be because glycogen stores are more full than they usually get on my relatively low-carb protocol.
What’s the deal with refeeds? Any science to back them up? And any personal experience?