Hi. I'm 24 years old, an athlete, around 190 lbs @ 11-12 % bf at 5'9". I've been very serious about my nutrition for muscle growth and equally fat loss during my bulking/cutting cycles, experimenting with carb cycling, ketogenic diets, etc.
But anyway, have been serious with my nutrition for the past 5 years as an athlete: eating everything from boring/bland chicken breast & veggies to trying to work with some spices, marinades, etc. I want to try hand at cooking with ethnic cuisine (Thai/Indian/Mediterrnean) and other related fusion/contemporary cuisine.
I know in the culinary world, nutrition is important, but not so much from an athlete perspective.
Anyway I'm looked to form a set of basic rules, even more try to find a diet protocol to follow, where I can work/cook guilt free with these ethnic cuisines, but at the same time, not gain any unwanted fat.
So far I have the following
1) Avoid HI GI Carbs at Night
2) Focus on fruits & veggies & lean proteins & nuts & low GI carbs
3) Eat Less, Work More
I don't know if carb cycling would be a appropriate thing (having a couple of high, medium, and low carb days)
Anyway I'm asking this because in the past I've totally focused on nutrition, etc.