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I was asking jsut as a gee whiz type question, but I'm a swimmer and about as lean as I want to go b/c of that (much leaner and my times suffer) I'm in the pool 3-4 days a week for anywhere from 10 minutes to around an hour. I do some sort of strength training 4-6 times a week followed most days by a crossfit wod based on what I've just worked on for strength. Also at least once a week I do a 5k w/ my dog, and chase her about every day for some sprints, so yeah I guess I'm pretty active, so knowing all of that what would the side effects / draw backs be?
My activity level is also quite high, and I too have reached my desired level of leanness.
I manage all that activity just fine (good recoveries, lifts going up, etc) on low carb (75g or fewer/day) as long as I get enough calories (usually 2000-2300/day for a 5'3", 18%BF, 122 lb female).
I've been experimenting with primal carb mini-refeeds lately and find that they do, indeed, seem to lean me out a touch more and boost performance. However, we're talking once every 10-12 days (and only about 250g carbs) -- that's a far cry from every other day.
IMO, short cycles (every other day) would do more harm than good because you'd never settle into fat-burning mode. Seems like energy levels would be inconsistent. I'll be interested in what others have to say, though!