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Carb Cycling


#1

I'm going to start carb cycling like CT suggests in his artlce to shed some body fat. My question is, do I count fruit and veggies towards my total amount of carbs or no? I remember reading somewhere that you don't count those and only count things like rice, potatoes, etc.

Sorry if this is a dumb question. Thanks.


#2

I'm doing the carb cycling as well, have just recently started though. Yes, you do count fruits and veggies. If I'm wrong...Well, fuckin' aye then.


#3

Count them...especially the fruit. Even the vegetable carbs can make a difference (see the difference between spinach and corn?).


#4

corn is technically a grain, not a veggie.

I wouldn't count non-starchy veggies, like spinach, broccoli, celery, etc. But DO count starchy veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, parsnips, turnips, etc.


#5

Does CT have any BF % cut offs for recommending carb cycling for gaining muscle mass.

I'm around 15-16%, would this plan work to bulk?


#6

can someone point me to the article where CT talks about this...or is it from the old mutation series?


#7

http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=811783

I've just started to carb cycle myself.
I hope it works.


#8

What is the best ratio (%) for macro-nutriment, when you want to cut down?
Actually my ratio are: 30% protein, 20 fat and 50 carbs. Does my carbs are still to high? I take 3100 cal to cut down, (my lean weight is 197 pounds)
thank you!


#9

lol....definately count fruit....lots of sugar there!!!!!

dont try to cheat with a question like that....lol......


#10

what are the advantages of this vs the approach CT outlined in his Mutation Series/Beast Evolves.

i am thinking of following the protocol he followed for the Beast Series to loose some blubber, my only concern is that i have hockey twice a week and a long distance race i am training for


#11

I would concur with a few others. I always count everything, especially fruit. Veggies, not so much, but fruit for sure due to the sugar content.


#12

Technically it's both. It's a vegetable when it's ripe and eaten off of the cob or cooked. Once it's "dried" it becomes a grain, i.e. cornmeal, or pre-popped popcorn. Most people eat corn when it's still a vegetable, with the exception of popcorn or when it's processed into something like tortillas or corn chips.

If it has carbs in it - count them. How hard is that?


#13

Twin Peak has commented on this question elsewhere. IHO one shouldn't worry about counting the carbs in the fruit towards the carbs alotted for that meal. If a couple weeks go by and progress isn't occuring, that would be something to change first to try and get better results. I do not count fruit toward my carbs in my low carb day carb meals and I have had no troubles thus far.


#14

If you don`t want to count it - rules of thumb:
1- Fruits = Lumps of sugar
2- Green veggies grown above ground = No carbs (relatively).
3- Veggies grown underground = Carbs

And if you want to count, don`t forget to substract the fiber, which is not assimilated.