I used to eat high carb, like 75% carbs by weight.
I gained weight, but only a pound or two a month.
Now if I eat like over 50g in a day I pack on weight, if I do it for a week or two I will go up 10-12 lbs.
What's the deal? I don't like living in low carb hell, I want to be able to eat some fruit and tubers.
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on June 13, 2011
at 03:10 AM
Just add them back slowly. VLC promotes water loss and significant carb intake does the opposite. You can see this effect sometimes when you decide to cheat for a day and pack in a high # of carbs. If you get on the scale right away, like the next am or so, you'll see the gain typically and it will often be significantly more (fluid) than the actual gain. It will look as if you've gained more actual lbs than you have, if broken down into water weight and tissue. This is also why if you get right back on track, it will typically come off faster than a similar amount of 100% fat would.
I have always seen this effect very rapidly as I have a tendency to mild edema anyway, in the ankles to pretibial area and in the hands. I have none on an intake of about 100 carbs or less.
So, I'd advise just slowly add a fruit one day and then a tuber the next and keep at that level/pattern for awhile before you progress. Allow your body to acclimate to the change. If you progress very slowly, you will also be able to track where the cut-off is for you much more specifically and you might find that it is much higher than you might think. Additionally, you may have to look at exchanging the tuber or fruit for something else you have been eating.
on June 13, 2011
at 08:33 AM
If you're eating ZC/VLC you're probably glycogen-depleted. Eating carbs will cause your muscles to suck them right up...and they'll need water along with the glycogen, so you'll gain a bunch of water/glycogen weight.
This isn't fat, and it's not making you fat. You can't gain 10 pounds of fat in a week without eating about 35,000 surplus calories. Don't confuse glycogen depletion with fat loss.
That being said, there are plenty of reasons not to eat carbs in excess of your body's requirement for them, whatever that is, and there are plenty more reasons not to eat them as a 'snack' (see here). The recommendation of ~15% is pretty solid unless you're regularly engaging in intense physical activity, whereupon it starts to go up.