On Lean Gains/Carb Cycling, if I eat low carb prior to my weight lifting session then I up my carbs , let's say 3 medium potatoes. Will it prevent gluconeogenesis ? Will my muscles use amino acids for fuel ?
EDIT: If I have my biggest meal post workout (as required) this won't happen right ? What would the be the ideal amount of carbs before training. Currently I am 108lbs very lean and muscular. 17 years old.
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on March 29, 2012
at 02:25 PM
"If I have my biggest meal post workout (as required) this won't happen right?"
That's definitely the idea. CW tells us to "eat some protein after your workout!", where really there's a fairly large 3-5 hour window where having your largest meal will certainly help. I'm coming at IF (leangains inspired) from the other end - I'm a strong guy wearing a fat suit (5'10'' down to 185lbs now ~24% BF and going strong!). I workout in the mornings in a fasted state, so I make sure to eat my lunch (largest meal) at noon or earlier to maintain muscle and burn. So far, this is actually working fantastically. I've lost ~19lbs, and yet have lost an insignificant amount of lean mass.
"What would the be the ideal amount of carbs before training. Currently I am 108lbs very lean and muscular. 17 years old."
Dude. You're ripped. How tall are you? Male or female? I can appreciate not wanting to waste away the muscle you've earned. From personal experience, I'm eating 100g-175g of dense carbs (sweet potato, cassava, yams, and fibrous veggies) on workout days, and my fatloss is still accelerating. What sort of exercise/workout do you do? I'd wager you could handle 150g-250g a day, but that's going to be up to you to decide, as you discover what works for you.
on March 15, 2012
at 02:48 AM
For my part I found IF just increased my cortisol, made me anxious and grumpy.
Super-low carb made me tired.
I think everyone is different to some degree and the best way to know what will work for you is via experimentation.
Fwiw, if I were lean and muscular I'd eat well, 2-3 meals a day with mixed carb/fat/protein to taste. Let your body tell you what it needs.