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carb cycling for more energy

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Created May 30, 2012 at 6:52 PM

should i carb cycle or refeed once a week, beause usually my carbs are around 150-200 grams, and 80 percent of that is vegetables anf fruits, usually on the 5th or 6th day of the week i am completely drained i feel lathargic, and tired. btw i do the insanity workout(month 2), any advice is much appreciated.

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Yup, the only way to know how much fat you have is to image the fat and count it up. Otherwise you're just making approximations using assumptions that aren't really that good.

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on May 31, 2012
at 02:25 AM

in measuring BF%

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on May 31, 2012
at 02:23 AM

Magnetic resonance imaging: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_resonance_imaging

C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

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on May 31, 2012
at 02:20 AM

what exactly is MRI?

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on May 31, 2012
at 01:53 AM

Your plateau in weightloss is probably due to the insanity. HIIT is good, but you need to use it sparingly, get lots of recovery, and not stress your body out if you want to lean out. When I'm in my strength phase, where I just do 5x5s and the like, I get real lean. When I turn on the crossfit-style metcons, I do gain some fat. It's all a trade off.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on May 31, 2012
at 01:51 AM

If your main focus is performance, then why do you care about getting to some magic good body fat percentage? (side note: unless it's an MRI, the uncertainty in any body fat measurement is at least 3% anyway, so you might already be there). Seriously, who cares about a number? I don't even know what mine is. All I care about is how I look and how I perform. Attaching an arbitrary number to that doesn't change anything.

C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

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on May 30, 2012
at 10:14 PM

im at roughy 11% BF and in trying to get down to 7%, wont HIIT and carb cycling help with that? My main focus is performance though, it would be nice to be at 7%, im still in a 4 month transition from a strenght athlete(football,rugby player, powerlifter) to endurance athlete(triathlete, calistinics type) i went from 240 to 190, but i have hit a plateau in weight loss

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on May 30, 2012
at 10:05 PM

If you want to burn fat (i.e., lean out), you don't want to be doing insanity. You want to lift heavy weights and walk slowly, and that works very well on a LC diet.

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on May 30, 2012
at 09:01 PM

but do you still burn fat even when your body is still fueling itself from carbs?

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on May 30, 2012
at 08:01 PM

I 100 percent agree.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on May 30, 2012
at 06:58 PM

If you're doing anything glycolitic (insanity counts), you're going to need carbs, especially post-workout. Here's a better article on it than I could write myself: http://talktomejohnnie.com/diet/earn-your-carbs

C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

(504)

on May 31, 2012
at 02:20 AM

what exactly is MRI?

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on May 31, 2012
at 01:51 AM

If your main focus is performance, then why do you care about getting to some magic good body fat percentage? (side note: unless it's an MRI, the uncertainty in any body fat measurement is at least 3% anyway, so you might already be there). Seriously, who cares about a number? I don't even know what mine is. All I care about is how I look and how I perform. Attaching an arbitrary number to that doesn't change anything.

C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

(504)

on May 30, 2012
at 09:01 PM

but do you still burn fat even when your body is still fueling itself from carbs?

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on May 30, 2012
at 10:05 PM

If you want to burn fat (i.e., lean out), you don't want to be doing insanity. You want to lift heavy weights and walk slowly, and that works very well on a LC diet.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on May 31, 2012
at 02:23 AM

Magnetic resonance imaging: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_resonance_imaging

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on May 31, 2012
at 01:53 AM

Your plateau in weightloss is probably due to the insanity. HIIT is good, but you need to use it sparingly, get lots of recovery, and not stress your body out if you want to lean out. When I'm in my strength phase, where I just do 5x5s and the like, I get real lean. When I turn on the crossfit-style metcons, I do gain some fat. It's all a trade off.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 30, 2012
at 08:01 PM

I 100 percent agree.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on May 31, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Yup, the only way to know how much fat you have is to image the fat and count it up. Otherwise you're just making approximations using assumptions that aren't really that good.

C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

(504)

on May 31, 2012
at 02:25 AM

in measuring BF%

C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

(504)

on May 30, 2012
at 10:14 PM

im at roughy 11% BF and in trying to get down to 7%, wont HIIT and carb cycling help with that? My main focus is performance though, it would be nice to be at 7%, im still in a 4 month transition from a strenght athlete(football,rugby player, powerlifter) to endurance athlete(triathlete, calistinics type) i went from 240 to 190, but i have hit a plateau in weight loss

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on May 31, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Carb cycling works for me, I'm the leanest I've ever been (around 6% with 3-fold method), and I don't do Insanity... That's just crazy! Haha... What works for me is a moderate amount of HIIT mixed with heavy lifts, and eat carbs PWO as needed like miked mentions.

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