This is really an interesting concept to me since I have been blowing my diet the past week and I swear I lost some fat. Have to check with calipers to see where I am, but I can say since my carbs are up I feel better.
Can someone help me out here? I thought low carb high protein was the way to go for bodybuilding. Is it only for contest shape?
I am kinda naive in this area since I have always just wing my diet keeping protein high and carbs low.
First of all Pete, you look better than I do, so you gotta be doing something right.
I think that super high metabolism fat burning, feeling good phase that you just had for the week is normally a short lived thing.
It’s hard to say without seeing your specific diet, but if your carbs are too high all the time, your just going to blow up and gain too much fat. You need high protein, you need some good fats, and yep, carbs are gonna make you feel good, and give you tons of energy… But if you have high protein, high carbs AND moderate fat, that’s a lot of calories, no?
I’m interested to see, but my guess is a lot of folks round here do carb cycling. Keep the protein and fat generally the same, just change up the carbs. So that would have been your high carb week, followed by a low carb week, and 2 moderate carb weeks, or something like that.
It should keep your fat levels in check, and the cycling should keep you from being too run down from only low carb, or gaining too much fat from only high carb.
Also, if energy is an issue, you might want to seriously consider your nutrient timing, like:
-big breakfast of all macronutrients
-make sure to eat at the appropriate time before your workout (for me, this is meal #2, around 11am) then i workout at 12:30pm.
-proper post workout nutrition (high carb)
-lower carb evenings
It’ll be neat to see if anyone around here agrees with me on this…