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long term risk low carb

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I am 18 years old and Paleo I eat 150g of protein a day 150 pound body weight and do 50g or less carb with the rest of my calories from fat. Is there long term risk to this? I don't want weight loss but rather increased muscle strength.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:23 AM

"This makes sense considering that ancient man would have long periods of time without a lot of carbs, then hit a good patch of something growing every once in a while." - That doesn't sound right. My view is that ancient man would have periods of time without a lot of protein (in between hunts) but be foraging constantly on berries, roots, etc.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 29, 2012
at 03:00 AM

Thanks for the helpful feedback :)

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 29, 2012
at 02:59 AM

50g to 100g be ideal? or under 50g then do 75-100g on weekends?

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 29, 2012
at 02:59 AM

50g of carbs to 75 would be ideal?

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 29, 2012
at 02:58 AM

Hey thanks for the warning!

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 28, 2012
at 03:29 PM

well just today I ate 220g of protein and 162g of fat, with 33g of carbs. I was over budget with my calories as well by 300 but that doesn't worry me much as the amount of protein does. You think it was a little much?

Dc8ec73989c7b37c006f2031dd648a61

on August 28, 2012
at 12:29 PM

look into lean-gains possibly... I would suggest increasing carbs far beyond 50g on work-out days.. definitely... PHD/leangains etc

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on August 28, 2012
at 04:22 PM

I lost a lot of muscle going VLC...I felt great for a while. I was never sore from workouts, I felt strong (even though I was losing muscle), and had nonstop energy. Eventually I hit a wall. I became cold, sore, depressed, and lethargic. I've added 50-100 grams of post workout carbs into my routine and I'm back on track & gaining muscle.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 29, 2012
at 02:59 AM

50g of carbs to 75 would be ideal?

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 29, 2012
at 02:58 AM

Hey thanks for the warning!

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 29, 2012
at 02:59 AM

50g to 100g be ideal? or under 50g then do 75-100g on weekends?

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3d58b5fb4f9780e2f47d4dcc53338a5a

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on August 29, 2012
at 01:31 AM

From what I've read, you don't need to do this too often, but sometimes you need to do a carb refeed. Mark Sisson has a good article or two about this. The basic idea is similar to long term exposure to anything. We get insulin resistant because of constant exposure (on a regular carb diet). If we go VLC for a long time, we start getting our leptin levels out of balance. Even though the lower carb path is good, its OK to kick in the carbs(from a good source) to shake up the body a bit. This makes sense considering that ancient man would have long periods of time without a lot of carbs, then hit a good patch of something growing every once in a while. You'll have to experiment to see how often and how much you need, but do some research first.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on August 29, 2012
at 03:23 AM

"This makes sense considering that ancient man would have long periods of time without a lot of carbs, then hit a good patch of something growing every once in a while." - That doesn't sound right. My view is that ancient man would have periods of time without a lot of protein (in between hunts) but be foraging constantly on berries, roots, etc.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 29, 2012
at 03:00 AM

Thanks for the helpful feedback :)

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:02 PM

Phinney and Volek, in the recent book "The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Performance" recommend 1???1.5g protein/kg of ideal/reference weight. At 150 lbs., that's a range of 68???102g protein/day. So, according to this guideline, you can cut down on your protein, and replace the missing calories (if necessary) with fat, or on workout days, with some "safe starches" (Paul Jaminet's term), e.g, white rice, sweet potatoes, white potatoes.

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