Because dieting bodybuilders and strength athletes have such high physical performance demands, the implementation of high carb days, cheat days, reefed days, whatever you want to call them seems to make a lot of sense. While these tactics are employed to promote performance and a mental break, there’s always debate that remains if adding calories or carbs briefly amidst a general decline in intake when dieting also does some special things physiologically – does it really prevent weight loss plateaus and stalled progress. Many strength athletes and coaches have sworn for years that it does, but research is lacking – also do these tactics even apply to our general population weight loss clients. Well – there was actually a study done! So we review. John always reviews the full-text of every article, but you may view the free abstract by clicking here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4018593/?report=reader .
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