Should you implement refeeds or diet breaks? [Podcast]

Abel Csabai from the Sustainable Self-Development Podcast interviewed me on refeeds and diet breaks, along with general dieting psychology. I really like this topic, as I feel like many people aren’t very evidence-based when it comes to psychology just because it’s a fuzzy science compared to the classic beta sciences. However, there is a lot of psychological research that can teach us many things about how we should approach our diet, including a sneak peek at a soon-to-be-published study I’m co-authoring with Bill Campbell.


0:21 – Menno’s general stance on refeeds and diet breaks

3:50 – Do refeeds have a long cultural history in fitness circles?

6:52 – Bill Campbell’s recent study on refeeds

11:25 – Mechanism of refeeds helping with muscle retention?

14:07 – Alternating low and high kcal days to get rid of “stubborn” fat?

23:20 – The problem with the “metabolic-benefits” of calorie cycling

28:49 – What would it take for you to start using refeeds/diet breaks?

30:08 – What are the benefits coaches observe anecdotally from refeeds/diet breaks

32:40 – How Menno uses calorie cycling

37:00 – The challenges of dieting are only in our heads?!


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Menno Henselmans

Formerly a business consultant, I've traded my company car to follow my passion in strength training. I'm now an online physique coach, scientist and international public speaker with the mission to help serious trainees master their physique.

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