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Oct 28, 2012
I been reading alot about refeeds or carb refeeds.... i know martin berkhan, scott abel are some that do refeeds... restrict calories on rest days or even 5-6 days in a row then do massive several calorie refeeds... What are your thoughts on this
doing a peat style diet based on refeeds?

It's called the "Cycle Diet" and it is fast becoming the most popular way to stay lean year round while continually gaining muscle. Let's examine first how the cycle diet works and then how you can incorporate it into your training routine.

Every bodybuilder who maintains there body fat levels below 7 percent knows as soon as they start eating the first few days of high calories their body explodes with new growth before any body fat gains occur.

The reason for this is the body is in a super-compensation state and initially stores the extra calories as glycogen in organs such as the liver as well as intramuscularly. Fats are also stored intramuscularly as well as protein is utilized for the growth and repair of muscles.

This super compensatory state only lasts for maybe 24 hours before the body starts to shuttle the extra calories into fat cells. But before that occurs there is a window of explosive growth available waiting to be tapped into and here is how you can do it.

The entire process was initially developed and coined the Cycle Diet by legendary trainer Scott Abel.

This protocol allows you to build muscle while losing body fat as well as keeping your body free of toxic buildup. Here is how it works.

First, you need to get your body fat levels below 7 percent for the maximum benefit of the protocol. The cool thing is once you get down to this level you can maintain this body fat level year round.

Second you need to get training a minimum of 5 days per week. In other words you need to be an intermediate or advanced trainee capable of handling significant volume and intensity in your training.

Third you need to keep your calorie intake about 500-1000 calories below expenditure daily.

Now for the first 3 days of your training you will keep your caloric intake in the calculated range on all training days. On your first rest day which usually will occur on the 4th day you will perform one of the juice fasts for the whole day.

Consume as much juice as you like on the fast day and be sure to take some fiber to help remove accumulated mucoid plaque in the digestive tract. There are many herbs that can aid in the process as well.

Keep in mind that only natural juices, preferably organic are used on the juice fast day free of sugars, additives, preservatives, sweeteners or anything else.

On the 5th and 6th days of the week you will resume your training and diet schedule, with the concurrent calorie deficit. On the 7th day which should be an off day from training as well, "EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT".

That's right all the things that you would like load up on them. It's a good idea to schedule social occasions or interactions on that day, so you can eat Grandma's apple pie, or have some pizza and ice cream with the guys during the big game. However you want to schedule the day be sure to consume as many calories as you can.

Keep in mind that you start in the morning of your rest day and you stop in the evening. So you keep the time frame down to about 18 hours to ensure no fat will be gained.

It is a good idea to start with fats in the morning first so that you don't experience to much digestive discomfort. It's also a good idea to double or triple your enzyme intake for the high calorie day as well as on the juice fast day for maximum absorption of nutrients.

Because of the short time frame of high calorie consumption as well as the caloric deficient state, combined with the rigorous training schedule it's pretty much impossible for your body to add body fat. The cascade of anabolic hormones during the brief high calorie intake will be used to fill up energy stores and build more muscle. This is the ideal condition for growth of muscle tissues to occur.

You will need to fine tune the process over time but it's pretty simple once you get the routine down. Best of all you don't have to restrict calories for long periods of time. Once every week you get a break and the juice fast day helps clear out any plaque built up form the high calorie day.

Most athletes find the cycle diet much easier and more a more fun way to stay in shape all year. Not only that you can building mass while staying lean year round.


Oct 14, 2012
Hi Slayers,

Restriction of calories to the extent of inducing the release of cortisol and other stress hormones leading to catabolism isn't something Mr Peat advocates. If a reduction of calories is minimal, say 300 or so calories less a day whilst maintaining small regular meals, this would cause gradual weight loss without too much of a negative effect.

Doing a Peat style diet based on refeeds wouldn't be a Peat style diet of course, but that doesn't mean you can't do it if it fits with your goals.

The above is just my opinion of course. :):


Jul 26, 2012
Los Angeles
never got anything but health problems following these cycle diets


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Jan 26, 2014
Scott Abel would never put his name on this diet protocol. This is NOT the 'Cycle-diet'. I know - I am one of the few people he has taken on as a mentee student.


May 31, 2013
i have bought the cycle diet audio and also a one time program from him in the past and yes this is just bull**** about juicing and all that crap. But yeah he is about eating litle x10 calories bodyweight till you get into a state where you can have your 1 refeed a day and even sometimes a midweek meal spike as well.

jbs: thats awesome, would you like to share? and do you implement anything now in your peat eating etc?