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Hack my Carb Intake

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 04, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Hi all,

I found paleo/primal through Leangains, which was a good success for me and taught me a lot about good food choices and nutrition. I'm now keen to optimise health through eating predominantly paleo/primal, but would like to keep some elements of Leangains (IF, CBL etc)

Previously I was doing no cardio with 3 x heavy weight sessions a week (Leangains training), but now I'm looking to focus on improving my fitness alongside 2 x heavy weight sessions a week to maintain/improve strength.

  • Mon: Heavy weight training (RPT: Military Press, Deadlift, Dips)
  • Tue: Crossfit style workout
  • Wed: Low intensity exercise (run, bike or swim)
  • Thu: Heavy weight training (RPT: Squat, Bench, Pull ups)
  • Fri: Off
  • Sat: Low intensity exercise (run, bike or swim)
  • Sun: Off

The question then becomes how do I manage carb intake for optimal recovery, gains, health etc. Do I backload purely on the 2 x weight training days with 300-350g (Leangains), or consume a moderate 100-150g per day (MDA Carb Curve and PHD).

Alternatively a combination of the two with moderate carb days for crossfit and low intensity ex. I'm still interested in body composition, but not so much about being extremely lean or bulking up.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

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on December 20, 2012
at 02:20 PM

Thanks for the comment; this is pretty much what I've been doing in the last couple of weeks, and definitely feel better for it! I think this method is better for modulating hunger and general energy levels without the need to meticulously measure calories and macros.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

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on December 05, 2012
at 04:04 PM

Yes I also posted on MDA to get a broad response, which appears to be biased towards MDA! In regards to experimenting, I'm going to begin with approx 200g carbs post heavy weight training, 100g post x-fit/LISS, and low on rest days.

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B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

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on December 18, 2012
at 07:39 PM

I do something similar, and the approach of finding a happy medium between the two works. I generally add some extra carbs PWO (a banana, sweet potatoes, etc) and just eat normal Primal on my off days. It works better for me then straight Leangains, because the back and forth between low and high carb had me constantly feeling off. Now I'm much more even-keel on a day to day basis, and do find myself naturally fasting and being generally more low carb on my off days, even though it's not planned.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on December 20, 2012
at 02:20 PM

Thanks for the comment; this is pretty much what I've been doing in the last couple of weeks, and definitely feel better for it! I think this method is better for modulating hunger and general energy levels without the need to meticulously measure calories and macros.

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Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:05 PM

hey, did you post this on MDA forum too? anyhow, i think you should experiment, and listen to your body, if you feel comfortable doing that. i don't think a specific number of carbs is magical or optimal. you should see what makes you feel best. that's a lot of working out by the way. you have no real break between your heavy lifts.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on December 05, 2012
at 04:04 PM

Yes I also posted on MDA to get a broad response, which appears to be biased towards MDA! In regards to experimenting, I'm going to begin with approx 200g carbs post heavy weight training, 100g post x-fit/LISS, and low on rest days.

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