And it worked wonders again - I filled right in.
Quite a few of you have asked what the difference is between a refeed and a cheat. For reference, Max gets a cheat every weekend; I get a refeed every once in a while.
First and foremost, I want to acknowledge the difference in our diets themselves: Max is eating at a caloric deficit, but is eating moderate carbs and protein and relatively low fat. I am eating at a caloric deficit, and nearly all of my calories come from fat and protein. (The majority of my calories come from fat.)
Because high-intensity exercise like weightlifting is fueled by glycogen (carbs stored in your muscles), I have to periodically refill my glycogen stores via a refeed. On my refeed days, I eat my usual diet plus 150-200g of carbs. The goal is not to eat too much extra fat or protein.
Max, however, gets a weekly "no rules" cheat meal, which is more psychological (as a brief "diet break") than physiological. Some people believe that periodic cheat meals increase metabolism.
So that's the difference between a refeed & a cheat. =) As you can see, there are many ways to skin the proverbial contest-prep cat! ;-)
Happy WIAW! =)