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Increasing Carbs...What to do?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

So I have been VLC for quite a few months now, I love the way it leans me out. I really wish that i could have the effects on body composition that VLC gives me without the endless fatigue and no energy for workouts..

So i am going to try and increase carbs, but I don't know which is better, re-introduce fruit? or incorporate small amounts of tubers?

Which one is better for energy/ and won't have a negative effect on body comp. ?

Thanks

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:56 PM

Yes, I feel like I could eat 10lbs of brocoll, cawli, etc..and never really replenish that energy, still feel a little lethargic. So tubers is better to avoid fat gain? hmm...

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:55 PM

andrew - thats how i feel, as soon as i have an apple, i want to go for a run. but is it bad to reply on that fructose spike to make you feel that way? Should i be feeling like that regardless?

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:54 PM

grain free - what happened for you with tubers? why was fruit better? just so i know what to look for while trying both

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on March 19, 2012
at 10:47 AM

I agree that you need to try both. I did far better adding fruit than I did with tubers.

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on March 19, 2012
at 02:02 AM

imagine your body saying, "Finally!" Could NOT have put it any better. Very slippery slope when introducing carbs. For me, my best bet is to think of my carb sources as a reward or "treat" and honestly, they are. Apples, berries, yams are goddamn sweet. And they give me noticeable energy to do a run or workout...

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on March 19, 2012
at 02:01 AM

Sweet potatoes post-workout. Delicious mixed with coconut milk.

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on March 18, 2012
at 08:36 PM

Keep in mind that if you start eating potatoes/sweet potatoes and butter them heavily that it's a sudden, substantial increase in caloric intake compared to eating them in their natural state.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 18, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Annie, I'm new to this, is it because starch is better for energy than fructose? could you expand?

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on March 18, 2012
at 06:22 PM

IMHO, tubers are the way to go.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 18, 2012
at 05:18 PM

will do! thanks :)

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 18, 2012
at 05:17 PM

5-6 times a week...mostly long walks with sprints mixed in. and about 2 days of HIIT - which are short like 12 mins...

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on March 18, 2012
at 05:14 PM

How often do you exercise and for how long?

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 18, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Thanks Nance, great thorough answer. xo

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on March 18, 2012
at 04:58 PM

First, be aware that ANY carb you add may (or may not) cause a very temporary spike in appetite; imagine your body saying, "Finally!"

With that in mind, you might want your first serving of increased carb to occur in a situation where eating is controlled--only cooking a small serving, or thawing a small amount, etc. If you don't have an unusually strong impulse to eat more, then choose whatever you like after that.

I think either tuber or fruit could work just fine. If appetite could be a problem, pick something you'd enjoy but don't usually go nuts over. For example, I find starch palatable but not delicious so it would be the better option if I'm starved for carbs--fruit I'd go nuts over--so a little converted rice or sweet potato won't cause an appetite spike but a grapefruit will.

After a few moderate servings of whichever food you choose the first few times, your reactions should settle down and you should handle whatever carb looks/sounds good.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 18, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Thanks Nance, great thorough answer. xo

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

(368)

on March 19, 2012
at 02:02 AM

imagine your body saying, "Finally!" Could NOT have put it any better. Very slippery slope when introducing carbs. For me, my best bet is to think of my carb sources as a reward or "treat" and honestly, they are. Apples, berries, yams are goddamn sweet. And they give me noticeable energy to do a run or workout...

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

(871)

on March 21, 2012
at 04:55 PM

andrew - thats how i feel, as soon as i have an apple, i want to go for a run. but is it bad to reply on that fructose spike to make you feel that way? Should i be feeling like that regardless?

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on March 18, 2012
at 05:03 PM

I don't know that there is a definitive answer on this, since we all metabolize so differently.

Try out each for 2 weeks and see which works best for you.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 18, 2012
at 05:18 PM

will do! thanks :)

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on March 19, 2012
at 01:41 AM

Tubers have the advantage of being lower in sugar, which will help somewhat in avoiding fat gain. Have you tried increasing your intake of other carbs (leafy greens, crucifers, etc)? They aren't calorically dense, and they are a good carb source if you eat them with intent.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:56 PM

Yes, I feel like I could eat 10lbs of brocoll, cawli, etc..and never really replenish that energy, still feel a little lethargic. So tubers is better to avoid fat gain? hmm...

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