HiI usually lift weights 5 days a week and in the two remaining days i do a 20-30 minut long HIIT cardo interval training session containing of 14 intervals of 40 sec. with fast running and a 15 sec. break between every interval.
I am carbcycling and the cardiodays are my low carb days, which means only carbs at breakfast.But I do the cardio in the afternoon and I am a bit unsure of what I have to eat before and after the cardiosession to prevent any muscleloss, and maybe even to drop some fat.What do you guys recommend? Do I need carbs or what?
If you're performance isn't suffering, you don't need more carbohydrates.
Are you happy with the progress you are making?
Right now I am not really doing the low carb day, because I eat a carb meal containing carbs both before and after I run, but would I be able to quit those meals and eat some protein/fat meals instead?
Yes--then check your results in performance and body composition.
By the way, 20 minutes of exercise isn't much. So I don't see the need for worry.
If you're really worried, hit some BCAAs or MAG-10 before your sessions.
You should really question your goals when embarking on such a schedule. If you are looking for supreme fitness then carbs on HIIT days is a must. But I guess if you're into carb cycling your main aim is body composition?I go through such phases when I'm keen to drop fat and it's always make or break when it comes to neural fatigue and over-training. My compromise is some light aerobic cardio post-weights, e.g. 20-40 mins slow jog. Carb wise I've done everything from 13 days straight on less than 30g, to para-WO only. I think the latter is best for maintaining strength; the former does work for fat loss but I have to b honest and say I have lost some lean tissue on such severe programmes.
Agreed, I'm 28 days out from the stage and I have carbs before and after HIIT. I don't see merit in lowering carbs below 100g/day, and I have attained 4% bodyfat for competition.