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35-40% Carbs?

Answered on August 04, 2014
Created August 04, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Let's say I have a goal of 2500-3000 calories a day. I want to gain weight. If I also want to do 35-40% of that as carbs... that is 875-1200 carbs a day. I have read many articles on pubmed saying 35-40% is likely close to what hunter/gathers ate. Even if I eat a lot of veggies. Thats 700-1100 carbs that must come from fruit? I don't want to eat starches including sweet potatoes. Is it safe to eat that much fruit.

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on August 04, 2014
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The only way I have ever gained weight is by drinking extra calories, especially with orange juice and milk. This keeps me from getting very hungry between meals, and even ample starch isn't enough to make me gain a pound. Not paleo but I was at one point very underweight and I had to do whatever I could, which meant loads of simple carbs. Yucca is one of my favourite starch sources because it's so dense. You need to cook it for a long time but it has a really nice taste and texture. Tons of protein helps too. For fat, butter seems much better than coconut oil for weight gain.

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on August 04, 2014
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If you're trying to gain weight, eat some more carbs than that. And ditch the fruit, bring out the big guns: roots.

Fruits won't do it, too much water and fiber, not enough starch. Eat parsnips, potatoes (white and sweet), yams, taro and cassava (peeled!). With the exception of breadfruit (if you can find it), which is a fruit but tastes/cooks like a potato, stick to starchy tubers. And eat plenty of protein: roasts, steaks, chops, etc. That right there is how you gain some mass.

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