Agreed, I think this approach is only worth considering for those who are close or at their genetic ceiling and want to maintain a very lean physique year round. The benefits are largely to have plenty of kcals to play with on the high days to enjoy foods that aren't "clean" and achieving satiety. One could make the case in theory that this approach MIGHT yield some marginal gains compared to maintenance kcals every day.I’m not a believer in calorie cycling and I think it’s extremely useless unless you use it as a life style method and not lose your social life.
What matters is your weekly calorie intake and protein intake.
how’s high calories on your lagging parts going to fix or even grow that lagging part? it won’t. There’s so many variables then just a day or 2 or high calorie intake.
It’s simple, you either gain muscle or lose fat, you can’t do both and call it calorie or carb cycling. so at the end of the week; did you go into a calorie surplus or are you in a calorie deficit.
For those with significant progress to make wrt putting on muscle, the fastest way from point A to B is sustained moderate daily kcal surplus over at least something like ~6-8 months in conjunction with gaining significant BW. THEN diet down after. This is especially important for naturals.