It appears a few people on el internet were upset as they thought I was dissing on carb cycling via my article on metabolic confusion.
I actually do like carb cycling for more advanced clients. The benefits from it are not from “metabolic confusion” though.
In the Flex Diet Cert for the Carbohydrate Intervention, I discuss the Matched Marcos (MM) method of how to set up your carb intake to match your training. This is a Eustress approach and what you should be doing about 90% of the time or even more.
There is a time and a place to purposely mismatch macros too . . . in this case carbohydrates. This is the MisMatched Macros (MmM) approach where you may do some evil sessions fasted in the AM with low liver glycogen or get even fancier by depleting carb levels further in the muscle with enough crazy HIIT training to make Mike Mentzer proud; then only consuming protein before doing it again later that day or the next day. Good times, bro!
That type of Distress MmM method training is brutal and will tank your HRV faster than the speed of my nutsack going into my body during my AM 37F cold water immersion sessions here at the Extreme Human Performance Center.
Insert mad marketing claims here about “this secret method culled from the ancient Russian texts is so powerful that you need to only do it a few weeks out of the year…”
Bawhahahah. I will leave that to the GooRoos.
Both MM and MmM methods have a time and a place with lot of data to support them. I’ve published on both in the PTQ Journal in the past if you want to see all the science behind them.
The key here is that by using science combined with good old fashion experience, you can learn when to apply each method for faster changes in body composition and performance.
The downside is that takes many many hours to years. Been there; done it; did not even get a t-shirt.
To speed up that process, I have condensed the methods down as part of the Carbohydrate Intervention in the Flex Diet Cert, opening up again in early Jan.
Bring me dem carbZ bro!