First off a bit of information about my situation to put everything in context. I have a lot of weight to lose to get down to my goal weight, but I want to take it slowly so I don't lose strength and muscle mass along the way. In fact I want to gain a good deal of strength (although not necessarily muscle mass). I am training for the discus throw again, and my goal is to qualify for the US Championships in 2005 (and possibly the Olympic Trials in 2004). With this in mind I think the best diet for my situation would be JB's "Don't Diet" diet. As I am also in medical school and need all the mental clarity I can muster so a diet that allows more carbohydrates would be preferable to a ketogenic diet.
According to my calculations I need about 4000 KCal (I'm carrying a lot of LBM) which would be 400 grams of carbohydrates if 40% comes from carbs. With only 3 meals of P+C per day, and one of those being the 49 grams of Carbs in a serving of Surge that leaves only 2 meals to get 350 gram of carbohydrates. Of course I will get some carbs in the other meals (especially if I eat beans with them), but that seems like a massive amount of carbohydrates to eat in two meals, especially if coming from clean sources. For the first meal it would come from the carbs in a MRP, oatmeal, and fruit. For the second (1 hour post-workout) it would probably come from berries, yogurt, and a cereal of some type.
My Questions are this:
1. Will I be able to lose bodyfat on this high of a KCal diet, the numbers that JB's formulas showed? My guess is yes, because my food choices were so messed up prior to training again and the fact that I will be burning a lot of energy during my training for the throws. Of course I will keep track of my weekly weight loss and adjust accordingly.
2. Is the 400 grams of carbohydrates too high?
3. Is it excessive to get 350 grams of carbohydrates (minus minimal carbs from P+F meals) in two meals? If this is exessive should I add an additional P+C meal or drop the carb grams?
4. Does the workout/post-workout Surge drink count as a meal itself or does the Surge drink plus the post-workout meal 1 hour later count as one meal?
5. What type of cereal is considered good for post-workout? I seem to remember hearing Kellog's Smart Start at one time, but I'm not sure.
Thanks for any advice.