So, you’re thinking of calorie cycling? Here’s the deets part ONE:
Calorie/carb cycling can be really beneficial during a calorie deficit because it can help us adhere better by giving us more calories to play around with on days we may have more events going on.
Here’s a few things to note when calorie cycling:
💫MOST IMPORTANT: If you have a hard time sticking to ONE set of macros/calories during a deficit then you will absolutely struggle with hitting different numbers. Master one set FIRST then move on.
💫Take your total daily calories & multiply it by 7 to get your total weekly deficit calories. From there you can allot higher numbers on the weekends and lower numbers during the week if you do well with that.
-ex: 1600 calories/day in your current deficit x 7 days = 11,200 calories weekly
1500 calories M,T,W,Th,Su
1850 calories Fr, Sat
Still within the same deficit but a little more room on the weekends
💫THIS DOES NOT MEAN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ARE BALLS TO THE WALL. We’re still tracking, we’re still within the deficit. This is not to be used as a “free pass” every week, otherwise you’ll take yourself out of a consistent diet which will keep you frustrated and stuck.
💫Similarly, do not set your calories during the week ridiculously low so that you’re starving, miserable, & more likely to “binge” on Friday/Saturday. Be smart because you also want to make sure you’re recovering adequately if you’re in the gym, which brings up the discussion about carb cycling which I’ll talk about tomorrow!
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