Professor X wrote:
Are the stats in your profile accurate? What are your goals?
Yes, for the most part, my stats are accurate. I’m 6’2", and my BF has always been taken on a tanita scale. I’ve read as low as %8 and as high as %15, so I figure its somewhere in the middle. I don’t have enough muscle mass to look good, and as a FFB I have loose skin and little patches of body fat still left (stomach, etc-.–the places that come last). I felt I went as far as I could by calorie restriction and cutting down, so my current goals are “bulking”. Eating clean, and gaining weight so far. I was 193 when I weighed myself on friday (usually once a week, at the same time of day), which is up from 190 two weeks ago.
Bad? good? awful? (sorry for the brief thread hijack).
Check out CT’s Carb Cycling Codex article. Deals with the cycling carbohydrates with high/low/medium carb days throughout the week. [/quote]
For you, with your history, I am middle of the road. I think carb cycling benefits those who have already built a solid base of muscle mass more than it does people who should be working on building more overall mass to start with. Not eating as much on days off might sound like a good idea for the guy who is already basically where he needs to be in terms of mass, but it is a poor idea for the guy trying to make sure his intake is optimal to grow the best initially. Your body is growing on those days off and you can’t predict when it will try to grow the most. It could very well be when you are feeding it the least.
I would say follow that plan for a while and see if you need to simply start making sure your intake is slight increased as a whole instead of worrying about cycling your carbohydrate intake like that.
I think CT has a good head on his shoulders, but I also know that he didn’t get to that size by initially approaching his food intake like that.