[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
Thanks a lot for the reply Christian. I take it you’re not a fan of carb cycling then? I have been using Shelby Staines Carb Cycling Approach with minimal results…it is a lot of carbs compared to what Poliquin and others would advise.
As a rule of thumb how many grams of carbs would you recommend for an average joe trying his best to gain some size? I know this depends on bf% and carb tolerance, but ball park will do for me. I can monitor, review and adjust as necessary.
As a thought…I’d love to see one of you guys do a nutrition article for guys who work 9-6 (sometimes later) mon-fri and have no access to cooking facilities and are on a limited budget. Thanks again.[/quote]
I am NOT against carbs cycling. You asked a specific question about ONE small portion of your day. You can’t extrapolate my dietary recommendations for the whole day from that recommendation.
In fact, I DO believe in carbs cycling (I use that myself)… I DO believe in low carbs nutrition … I DO believe in most dietary approaches that actually make sense. But most of all I DO believe that everybody respond differently to the various dietary approaches available.
Some can only lose fat on a low carbs diet, others lose it better with a carbs cycling approach or a ZONE-type diet (40% protein, 30% fat, 30% carbs).
This is one of the reasons why I stopped writing articles about nutrition: you can’t write a diet that will work well for everybody. While this is somewhat true about training: not all training are optimal for everybody, at least all smart training programs will lead to some results in everybody. With diet, not only can one diet not be optimal for someone, but it could actually be disastrous.
For example, my ex-girlfriend. When I was with her I believed that low-carbs diet were the only way a bodybuilder should diet. So when she was preparing for the Canadian Nationals I had her on a low-carbs diet. Despite ample protein and calories she was wasting away muscle tissue like crazy and not getting much leaner.
When she switched to a moderate protein, low fat, moderate carbs diet she began to lose fat faster and actually gained some muscle. Had I have kept her on the low-carbs diet she would have lost a ton of muscle and not lost as much fat.[/quote]
so its really just trial and error when determining diet?
can fat distribution profiles (biosig) tell you what your diet ‘should be like’?