I have been having trouble since I've been lifting really getting my diet in an awesome place so to speak. I'd never really cared to put on a little extra cushion, so I always just made sure it was "enough" of each nutritional element and that was it. Well now I'm ready to take a step away from that. Here's the deal.
I'm an endomorph and am very sensitive to sugars and the like. Therefore, my diet has to stay pretty clean. I give myself no cheat days and I eat only veggies for fiber, whole grain carbs, and lean meats for protein. I'm about 215-218, and I'm having trouble figuring out the magic number of carbs.
With my body type, I'm not sure how many I need or if that really changes between body types. Its pretty easy for me to put on muscle but not without fat also. If i eat too little carbs (below 1 g per pound of bodyweight), I rapidly lose muscle tissue. If I eat over 1g per pound of bodyweight, the fat starts to build. I don't want to have to drastically bulk and cut for the rest of my life, and would rather spend a little time recomping, so here's what I'd like to know:
Is there a "magic" number of carbs I'm supposed to be taking in, given that I'm an endomorph (I think when most people give diet advice this is overlooked)?
Is there a type of carb I should absolutely be staying away from (ie. starchy, etc.)?
When should I be taking in the carbs for maximum efficacy?