[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
When training late it is easy but, training in the morning makes it hard to go carb less the rest of the day.
Good point. Still, I guess it all depends on the individual, their daily routine, and what range of carbs their system can handle.
Though difficult in your opinion would it be best to go carb less the rest of the day? Just veggies.
I think it depends on the situation. For example, if I were in a cut, and approaching it in a cyclical manner (some days lots of carbs, some days very few), the last thing I woul want to suffer would be my time in the gym. That’s key when you’re cutting because if the body is given a reason to maintain the muscle (training), you stand a much better chance of the ingested nutrients going there.
As such, on a lower carb day, while the majority of meals may be comprised of lean protein, healthy fats and veggies, the carbs will be focused more around (a meal or even two before, or even during, training). On higher carb intake days, some people may opt for all of their carbs in these important times. Others, usually those who can handle a greater amount, may still try to focus on those key times to support their gym performance, but let’s face it, you can only cram in so much before it’s not making any more of a difference, or possibly you don’t feel especially well.
I remember during a few of my later preps, when although I was getting a serious amount of carbs before and during my training, I still had to have some with other meals throughout the day, simply because if I tried to ingest too much in the shoirt window before training, I’d actually feel sluggish. Getting 400-500g on my higher days allowed me to spread things out a bit more.
Of course if you are dieting on lower carbs on all days, then IMO your best bet would simply be to keep them where they will provide the best benefit.
I think the bottom line, is always going to be the balance of times of the day when you’re running more off glycogen vs times of the day when you can lean a little more toward ketogenic metabolism. As Dr K always said, both are always going on, but in different ratios. If done correctly, you can create times of the day with environments to support muscle, and times of the day that will allow for fat loss.
As long as you’re doing enough to maintain muscle mass, it’s up to you how much you wanna push to see if more carb-less meals affect your composition moreso than hoping a little muscle gain from higher carbs would.