I get terrible headaches and hunger pangs on my low carb (170g) days (non-training days). I know this type of feeling goes away on prolonged low(er) carb diets, but for the cycle approach, are there some tips to get through without feeling uber anemic?
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-set up carb cycling based on Thib’s “The Carb Cycling Codex”
-started bulk at 170 AFTER cutting 15. Now 175 and started to look pudgy, but once I started with the lower carb days 3 days a week, looking much better
-4x/week Upper/Lower Split
-Moderate carb days (250g) are not an issue[/quote]
You might need more salt.
170 grams of carbs per day is not low. It’s pretty moderate considering the human liver can process only about 5 grams of glucose into fat per hour.
Anything that is not immediately absorbed into tissues floats around and messes with brain function. At this level of consumption when insulin is high and blood sugar is on the downswing you cannot enter lipolysis and make ketone bodies so your brain struggles to keep up (bonking/hitting the wall).
You body might be in a state of confusion - between having too much insulin but not enough energy substrate for the brain - which could lead to fogginess of mind and headaches.
Solution: either eat more carbs or eat WAY less carbs.