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What safe starches and carbs won't turn me orange like an Oompa Loompa?

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Created November 16, 2012 at 2:19 PM

So I do weight lifting 4-5 times a week and I really need my carbs to fuel up and recover properly otherwise my performance sucks. I've been drinking a lot of vegetable juice and eating a lot of sweet potatoes and carrots. But all the damn beta-carotene is turning my skin orange!

What are some other EASY-TO-PREPARE carbs that I can eat and drink to help in recovery? I've been trying to stick to low and medium glycemic carbs so I don't get fat. Do you think higher glycemic carbs like rice cakes or white potatoes are something I can incorporate post-workout or will it mess up my insulin and blood sugar?

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on November 19, 2012
at 03:29 AM

I'd guess you were dehydrated. Short, heavy bursts just don't use glycogen to any great degree. You would have to rest longer, or learn deep breathing but that is to keep your pulse rate under control...

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on November 18, 2012
at 03:05 PM

My rep ranges are much higher lately, around 15 to 30. I got way too adapted doing low-reps, heavy weight over the past year so my personal trainer has me doing burn out sets with high reps and increasing weights. It's a great challenge and leaves me crawling back to the locker room begging for mercy. But here's the thing, even when I was doing low reps with heavy weight, I felt like I had more energy and could lift heavier when I had carbs pre-workout. When I had zero carbs, I would end up taking longer rests in between sets and burning out quicker.

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on November 18, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Mt rep ranges are much higher lately, around 15 to 30. I got way too adapted to low-reps range over the past year so my personal trainer has me doing burn out sets with high reps and increasing weights. It's a great challenge and leaves me crawling back to the locker room begging for mercy. But here's the thing, even when I was doing low reps, I felt like I had more energy and could lift heavier when I had carbs pre-workout. When I had zero carbs, I would end up taking longer rests in between sets and burning out quicker.

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on November 18, 2012
at 12:34 AM

no before and after pics?

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on November 17, 2012
at 06:11 PM

I agree with potatoes especially. Eat it with fat (steak *drooling*) and the glycemic load will be lowered considerably.

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on November 16, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I've been having this problem too! All the carrots I'm eating is giving my skin an orange tinge, but as it stands it's sssoooo convenient for me to eat them. I also eat lots of fruit but I find it doesn't fill me up like carrots, parsnips, broccoli, sweet potato, etc. But I don't feel great eating very starchy carbs. Eat potatoes occasionally but wouldn't touch rice.

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on November 16, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I completely agree with this.

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on November 16, 2012
at 02:32 PM

If you are not obese or have some sort of metabolic derangement, you likely won't have a problem with rice, bananas, white potatoes, etc. In the words of Robb Wolf, give them a try for 30 days. See how you look feel and perform. Track your blood sugar levels if you are concerned.

Not everyone is the same. What works for some may or may not work for you. The only way to find out is to try. I promise you won't become fat in 30 days from some bananas and potatoes. If you do, come back here and I'll give you your money back. ;)

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on November 16, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I completely agree with this.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on November 17, 2012
at 06:11 PM

I agree with potatoes especially. Eat it with fat (steak *drooling*) and the glycemic load will be lowered considerably.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 17, 2012
at 11:14 PM

What rep range are you working in that you "need carbs"? I'm very low-carb even by Ketogenic standards and have no issues with workouts on either 3x8, 3x3 or 5x5. I guess if you are doing 4x12 or something that might be more of an issue.

Don't assume you need carbs, weight-lifting isn't really glucose burning, it is much more creatine phosphate related.

Also, you don't need to use carbs to get muscle synthesis. If you are doing 2 a days and actually work in the gylcoltyic pathway you need to carb refeed within 1-2 hrs of lifting (and sooner the better). If you are lifting every other day you don't need carbs in that window.

For which carbs I'd stick with yams, taro, bread fruit and other root type starches...

531b053b68e92ac509fc1544f88dc103

(1205)

on November 18, 2012
at 03:05 PM

My rep ranges are much higher lately, around 15 to 30. I got way too adapted doing low-reps, heavy weight over the past year so my personal trainer has me doing burn out sets with high reps and increasing weights. It's a great challenge and leaves me crawling back to the locker room begging for mercy. But here's the thing, even when I was doing low reps with heavy weight, I felt like I had more energy and could lift heavier when I had carbs pre-workout. When I had zero carbs, I would end up taking longer rests in between sets and burning out quicker.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 19, 2012
at 03:29 AM

I'd guess you were dehydrated. Short, heavy bursts just don't use glycogen to any great degree. You would have to rest longer, or learn deep breathing but that is to keep your pulse rate under control...

531b053b68e92ac509fc1544f88dc103

(1205)

on November 18, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Mt rep ranges are much higher lately, around 15 to 30. I got way too adapted to low-reps range over the past year so my personal trainer has me doing burn out sets with high reps and increasing weights. It's a great challenge and leaves me crawling back to the locker room begging for mercy. But here's the thing, even when I was doing low reps, I felt like I had more energy and could lift heavier when I had carbs pre-workout. When I had zero carbs, I would end up taking longer rests in between sets and burning out quicker.

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on November 16, 2012
at 03:07 PM

I am a runner so I also makes Sure I get plenty of carbs. I really like smoothies. I add a banana, strawberries, nut butter, POM juice and some almond milk. I also make huge salads with lettuce, spinach, fruits and nuts. I also like making soups. Vegetable soup is great or you can add beef or whatever meat you want. I'll keep a pot in fridge all week and all the veggies make it pretty high in carbs.

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