I train 1-3 hours a day, 5-6 days a week, and my diet is decidedly high-carb. I've read that high-carb on work days and low-carb/high-fat on rest days. Is there any point in this if my work days outnumber my rest days as they do? Should I just eat moderate-everything on rest days, or can/should I do high-fat?
I'm 6'2", 200lb, and looking to lean out a little bit.
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on July 17, 2012
at 11:11 AM
I'm a big fan of high volume training most days, I try to train everyday for around 1.5-2 hours dependent if I make it to my local crossfit box. If Paleo hunters hunted everyday why cant we train everyday, we lost the spear and picked up the barbell :)
on June 19, 2012
at 02:37 AM
Think of carbs as supplemental fuel for your workouts. If weightloss/leanness is your goal then limiting carbs on off days can help. I feel really good with 100g of carb for every hour I work out.
on August 23, 2015
at 12:23 AM
Using my logic from biochemistry as medical student and enthusiast for weight loss, Carb are easier to digest as compare to Fat. Your body will use more ATP, the energy currency in your body, to break down Fat into glucose since its has longer carbon chain and goes through oxidation pathway. Whereas Carbs, the body uses way less energy to break it down into glucose, which the muscle uses to feed on after a workout session and it makes glucose more readily accessible as compare to the break down of Fat. So, if high fat is recommended on resting days, then I guess the goal is for sake of a slower rise in your glucose blood level, and less likely for a spike of insulin level, making you less hungry throughout the day and less likely for the storage of Fat.
I guess the reason for not combining High fat and High carb meals at the same time is because high carb tend lead to spike in insulin, and then carbs are used first than Fat, and once your muscle are satisfied, whatever extra in from dietary Fat and carbs will be stored as Fat due to the spike of insulin from that single meal. Please, Correct me if I am wrong.
on September 28, 2012
at 10:34 PM
If they hunted every day, then they weren't very good at it. The more you hunt, the more you eat, therefore it made sense that during times where foods were scarce, rest and foraging predominated. The times when food animals were present probably resulted on a few hunts a week, enough to feed the tribe with little leftovers due to the lack of storing capabilities. Either way, 1.5-2 hours/day of high volume training doesn't necessarily equate to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. It might, but the issue then becomes why weren't the hunts effective?