I've mucked through several hours of AD threads and carb cycle threads, but I'm not seeing this question answered anywhere so I'll just ask it. Any info/direction would be much appreciated.
Regarding the negative health effects of carbs + fats (particularly sat. fats):
Is the ingestion of relative large amounts of saturated fats ONLY advisable when following a ketogenic diet? In other words, could one include high saturated fat meals (for the hormonal benefits) into a carb cycle based diet? And if so, is it advisable to cycle amongst high carb/low fat and low carb/high fat DAYS, vs. meals? Is one creating an environment for potential health problems if you are eating high carb/low fat meals and high fat (saturated fats)/low carb meals in the same day? How does your body metabolize these meals and is a few hours between such meal cycles enough? If it takes several hours for your body to digest a meal, doesn't it stand to reason that you are just eating essentially one big meal with high fat, high carb and high protein, if you were to cycle meals as mentioned above?
I ask this because through my own diet manipulation, I've found I've done well with low/carb, high fat diets. But as mentioned several times in several different articles, it doesn't work well for mass gain, which I'd like to focus more on. My perception of the high fat diet is that it did indeed create a favorable hormonal environment, but the exclusion of sufficient carbs did make it tough to gain.
That said, I'd like to continue to have the high fat/protein (meals or days?) in my diet regimen, but would also like to protect myself from the adverse health effects that may accompany a diet with high fat and moderate amounts of carbs.
Thanks! Any input is much appreciated.