[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
You have to realize that just because a muscle make look depleted one day (low glycogen levels), doesn’t mean that you’ve lost lbm. Corey and I used to keep our carbs low during the week (usually dragging ass on fridays), but then jack the carbs up over the weekend. On mondays, we’d look huge and ripped. Obviously your brain will play games with you a bit, and you will noticeably feel smaller, but it’s never as bad as you think it is.
Another thing to consider, is your daily activity besides gym work. Cordova was explaining how on two separate occasions, he was a few days out of a show, but due to excessive activities (he was in Barbados I believe, so he was swimming a lot and just enjoying himself), he had to account for a higher need by his body (hence, more carbs). There’s also the fact that everyone is different.
Hell, when I ran track (back in the day -lol) I could live on nothing but bread and pasta. Now, being a bit older, and more sedentary (aside from the gym), I don’t have to worry about feeding my daily activities as much.
Bottom line though… (and it’s already been said, but I’ll reiterate)… don’t complicate things. Do your research, pick a plan, and follow it to the end. If you feel it didn’t work as well as you would like, do something different next time (after an educated evaluation of what didn’t work well FOR YOUR BODY).
I can’t thank you enough for all your support this far into my training.
Reading my original post it sounds a bit dumb, and I should have worded it differently…
My own goals are what they are and as you know I’ve been working on pretty low cals and carbs for a while now and it’s working for me!
It’s more that I just had a “AHHH HECK” moment when reading all these “carb” articles and trying to figure out what the go was and why everyone is so sensitive about it.
I think my problem a lot of the time is I get caught up also in what I read other people are doing…like the millions of posts about “Why don’t I have a six pack” when most other things aren’t in check,
I forget sometimes that it’s not the extra 10grams of carbs these guys are eating, but it’s that they don’t train hard in the first place.
I fully accept my own situation and accept the fact that I will definitely look better in 2 months than I will in 1, because I can hack my diet and training…
But having said that I am a determined little B*stard and talk like “It’s probably too late” or “You don’t have enought time” just makes me want to go even harder to prove that wrong.
Anyway…diet for me personally couldn’t be going better.
100% on track and looking good/feeling confident again.
Only problem is training intensity this week has been so high I jarred my neck doing a pullup at the park yesterday…only time will tell how it heals but I’m resting from resistance until I feel better.