Hey, So my question is: Is it a good idea to count carbs from ALL sources as carbs, when tailoring an amount of carbs to your workout intensity, or should you only count carbs from starch/fruit?
Also, I'm trying to experiment with carb cycling, and so I am currently eating about 100 grams of starches(not carbs, the total weight of the starch source, usually sweet potato) post workout, with some protein, and then some berries (raspberries or blackberries) along with veggies, a protein source, and possibly some more starch later in my first "meal" 1.5 hrs after what I eat immediately post workout.
I'm currently only doing this on the days I lift, 4x a week. However, the days are monday, tuesday, then thursday and friday, so will it affect the carb-cycling process if I have carbs 2 days in a row because I work out two days in a row? The other 3 days of the week, I eat no fruit or starch, and end up having very little carbs overall.
BTW, my lifting workouts are under the "Westside for Skinny Bastards #3" template, google it if you need to see what it is..... On non lifting days 1x a week I'm doing about 30 mins of HIIT, and then otherwise I walk and rest.
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To answer your first question, it is not a good idea to count carbs at all. Just eat real food. Sure, try to have a variety of food sources to get the proper nutrition, but analyzing every bite of food that goes into your mouth is pointless. For instance, fructose is labeled a carb, but is treated much more like a fat in the body. So if you are counting carbs, are you taking out the fructose? Trying to manipulate your macros to the level you describe will just lead to frustration. Eat when you are hungry, don't when you are not. Try to eat something after workouts, but chances are, working out will make you feel hungry anyway.