I have just restarted intermittent fasting after an extended break, however this time I have combined it with the anabolic diet purely for experimental reasons, in an attempt to turn my body into a 'fat-burning machine'. Despite the wellbeing aspect being positive - I feel great, energetic, and all in all, healthy, there is an awful lot I am still yet to understand. Primarily, not the importance, but the efficient way of implementing carbohydrate refeeds/loads/etc. Basically if a person has been calorie restricted, intermittently fasted and followed the anabolic diet for 5-7 days, on the 8th day, what is the 'optimum' way for him/her to replenish glycogen stores etc.? I am not looking for an excuse to 'binge' at all, I don't want junk - but being non-paleo I will probably swerve towards a big bowl of oats, milk, honey and fruit. But in terms of amounts, is a carb load day more of a refeed and replenish rather than an all out food coma? Should I stay at calorie restriction but look to obtain most of my calories from carbs on this day?
Thank you in advance!
asked byBooBoosNeeds (25)
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on August 26, 2013
at 01:30 PM
If you are trying to be anabolic, then staying in calorie restriction will defeat the purpose somewhat. As to carb refeeds, go with clean starchy sources. Fructose is labeled a carb, but is more of a hybrid as it is turned into a lipid (fat) by the liver. Also, If your purpose is just to replenish glycogen, then even if you were totally depleted, which will not be the case, then the most carbs it would take would be 400-500g, as that is all the body can hold.
on June 16, 2013
at 12:54 AM
Personally, I go for high carb / low fat on refeeds/ carb loads. I stick with fairly normal carbs - sweet potatoes, potatoes, milk, fruit. I let my body tell me when enough is enough. When I work hard and eat well, one day doesn't hurt much, but definitely boosts energy the next day.