Every person who trains with iron seriously
wants to gain muscle and lose fat, preferably at
the same time. What’s more, everyone wants to do
Rapid Muscle Growth
Rapid Fat Loss!
Now consider that calorie deprivation is generally
necessary for fat loss and calorie increases are
needed for muscle gains. In addition, training for
muscle growth is usually different than training for
fat loss too. How can concurrent muscle growth
and fat loss possibly be accomplished?
The solution evolved from a brainstorming session
with Ultra Size inventor, Dr. Eric Serrano.
"What if you did both an exercise routine and diet
where there was an alternative focus between fat
loss and muscle growth within a given week? What
about cycling nutrition (and training) by the days of
the week to keep your metabolism in constant
physiological flux and demand?"
The Cycle Diet
High protein diets and hard training can cause
caloric deficits, but also elevate fat burning via fatburning
hormone increases. Bodybuilders know
they can train hard on a low carbohydrate diet for
4-5 days and then raise the carbohydrate levels for
1-2 days to supply nutrients for muscle growth and recovery, and
in doing so, still prevent fat accumulation.
Your body responds to a deficit of calories by shifting into starvation
mode, your metabolism prepares for a famine state. But
having a slow metabolism is ‘defeatist’ in the long run. By cycling
carbs, you can rev up metabolic production temporarily, handling
the two-day influx of calories for a brief period of time. Indeed,
your metabolic rate will remain high and just as it "slows" again
towards the end of the five-day low carb eating, you rev it again
with a short weekend carb-kickup (that’s good carbs, not junk).
The lack of carbs for the five-days during the workweek
depletes glycogen creating a special deficit metabolic situation.
Then, when you cycle in the high
carbs on the weekend, you get a
rebound "stuffing" of the muscles/
liver with glycogen. While it
may be true that this low carb
diet phase may well cause an
increase in fat oxidation, gaining
lean tissue during these
phases is difficult! Oh drat!
Maximum Muscle Mass
Body Muscle Journal Volume 5
By Scott Mendelson
Body Muscle Journal
Radical New Concept
Drug-Free Professional Bodybuilder