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MFL Podcast 16: Why carb cycling isn’t necessary and the importance of finishing what you begin…

MFL Podcast 16: Why carb cycling isn’t necessary and the importance of finishing what you begin…

In this podcast, I talk about the (currently) popular diet method of “carb cycling” and why it’s completely overrated and unnecessary, and a little “life challenge” I have for you that can make a huge difference in your ability to achieve your goals.


The Definitive Guide to Why Low-Carb Dieting Sucks

Why “Clean Eating” Isn’t the Key to Weight Loss or Muscle Growth

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  • Nathan

    Love the podcasts! Definitely keep adding in the non fitness stuff too.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! 🙂

  • James

    Hi mike 5.5 weeks into the diet plan you set me! Loving the results! It’s the first time I’ve cut with the 40 40 20 split and wow what a difference! I honestly believe I store dietary fat easier than any other macro! But could be in my head lol so, I’ll be finishing my cut after 8 weeks and slowly adding 100 calories each week after that. Am I right in thinking I’ll still be losing fat until I reach my tdee again? Started with a 500 calorie deficit so would that be another 5 weeks fat loss (assuming my tdee hasn’t changed after the cut which I know is very doubtful) look forward to your response. James

    • Michael Matthews

      Great! Glad to hear it! Dietary fat IS stored very easily as body fat. For everyone. It’s the nature of the molecule.

      You may lose some more fat on the way up, yes. That’s common.

      Keep up the good work and keep me posted!

  • HYNK

    Good talk on both subjects

    • Michael Matthews


  • Looking forward to this one Mike. I’ve spent quite a lot of the last 8 months doing Lean Gains, and got down to just under 10% BF. Fell off the wagon, got back on, fell off again.

    Anyway, I started the BLS program a couple of weeks back, and am eating pretty much to the macros you set there, although I am sticking to 1g protein per pound of bodyweight, more from an economic standpoint 🙂 and I’m getting on well, leaning out nicely.

    The other thing is that eating some carbs every day, rather than cycling is keeping me compliant, which is the most important thing to any diet. Cycling tends to make me binge on carbs, so, even though I saw some great body comp changes with it, if you can’t stick to it, then it’s not worth doing.

    Funy thing, I coach quite a few people, both online and face to face for fat loss, etc, but sometimes, even though you have all the tools, you just need to grab someone elses approach and go with it. That is why I’m enjoying BLS and eating carbs every day. Thanks Mike, and I can see the 8% BF in my sights, a few weeks away though!!!!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks man! Glad to hear it’s going well. Yup I’m with you. I like carbs every day for the same reasons.

      Yup so long as a program has sound fundamentals it’s just a matter of compliance…

      Keep up the good work and keep me posted!

  • moss

    excellent podcast! one question: what carb foods do you eat on a regular basis?

  • frametheory

    Learning alot about food. Took a protein shake pre-workout. Ate a sleeve of crackers and some whitefish salad for a snack after my workout this morning around 11 ish. Turns out that “snack” was 1400 calories. I got so sleepy during the afternoon. I’ll eat a little ice cream to hit my target for the day. Couldn’t eat anything else! I would have gone over my calories. So mad at myself. Can’t even hit my protein mark for the day. Trying to cut. But I’ll be wiser next time. Amazing how a “snack” can stack things up. Excellent podcast.

  • Bill

    Great podcast. I’m looking forward to your next, advanced
    lifting book. Along those lines, I’m wonder about the best period for bulking
    or cutting. I know you want to limit fat during bulking. This article suggests that you should not
    need to cut, because you can bulk without fat: http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/the_truth_about_bulking

    I’ve read a number of articles that point to research
    suggesting that a 2-week bulk is best. Here’s an article with references http://www.rawfitnesscombine.com/boost-muscle-gain-fat-loss-with-cyclical-bulking/#.U6wiBU22LFU

    What do you think about the best period for bulking or

  • David

    This is life changing.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks David 🙂

  • Ali

    Hi mike, just in case I ever want to try carb cycling, should it be done with 5-6 meals a day and the same amount of protein in every meal or is that unnecessary. I’ve read a few articles on carb cycling and they all advocate 6 equal meals a day.

    • Michael Matthews

      Unnecessary. Meal timing is irrelevant. Pre- and post-workout meals are a good idea but otherwise it’s just eat when you want.

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