It seems like everyone has an opinion about what low carb means. When I think low-carb I think 20% or less of daily calories, does that seem right?
I know there are a couple of thresholds associated with carbs:
There's ketosis. As I understand you basically have to cut out 100% of all carbohydrates to hit this, or be burning them like a mother in a long-all-day-event type thing. Is this correct? Against my advice (although I'm not sure if I'm totally justified), when my GF really wants to loose weight quick, she cuts down to like 5g or fewer a day... I don't think it's particularly effective though, as the results don't seem to last... is there a good way to ease out of ketosis? Do we think it can ever be effectively used as part of weight loss?
Next: Carbohydrates allow the body to more effectively process protein. How much carb do you need to get this effect? Can you still be on a low carb, but not no carb diet and just eat your carbs with your protein?
Last: Carbohydrates also change the way your body processes fat, helping the body more readily store it as fat. Can anyone go into how this works? And again, at what level of intake this happens?
I definitively do better on a low-carb, high-protein/fat diet, but I would enjoy more carbohydrates in it. Right now I basically avoid them, only eating them indecently (like I'm out to lunch on business and get something with a little potato or tortilla), and through vegetables, and a little fruit.
I'm trying to bulk, but would like to do it as cleanly as possible @ around 3,500-4000kcal a day.
My GF, after being sedate (car accident) for almost six months, is also trying to drop about 15% off the bodyfat, and since she still can't train intensely, all she has to work with is diet.
I'm really trying to figure out approximately at what carb intake these "events" occur.