Is it bad that I’ve been eating pulled pork and brisket every morning since the 5 year anniversary party at the gym? (Does that put me in ketosis, bro?) Hey, leave me alone. I have to make up for the fact that I didn’t really get to eat that day because of my stomach bug by EATING ALL THE MEAT.
The best part? I weighed in at 178.8 today. Still dropping. Not too bad I guess.
Am I telling you this to make you jealous? Maybe.
Not really. But there is a lesson to be learned about training hard while keeping your carbs low and focusing on animal-sourced protein, moderate-high dietary fat, and somehow getting your greens and veggies in even if you don’t like to eat them (does cole slaw count?)
See, when you your extremely sensitive to carbs like me (I used to be fat), eating them too often can make you blow up again.
(Remember, your fat cells don’t burn off though diet and exercise, they simply shrink – so once you have them it’s easier to fill them up again, so be careful with the carbs.)
Granted they do have their place in keeping the metabolism stoked, building muscle, and staying lean — BUT like anything else, too much can be a bad thing.
The most effective way I’ve found to use carbs is to cycle them every few days and either use most of them around your training -or- go low carb all day and eat them right before bed.
By taking in moderate to higher amounts of carbs a couple days/week you replenish glycogen stores which will allow you to push harder on your lifting days and give you a better pump all while helping you maintain that hard-earned muscle mass you put on over the winter.
Now that you have an idea of how to eat to stay lean, what about training while cycling carbs?
You can still train heavy while carb cycling, however I’ve found great results from a mix of sub maximal weights and higher volume days.
Think about it, usually when training for MAX strength, you NEED carbs – you don’t want to cut them out or leave them for only 1-2 higher carb days per week. We’re talking more like 3-7 days of carbs. Save that stuff for the winter, the season of hoodies and skull caps.
If you cut them and go the high fat, high protein, low carb route, your numbers just might (read: “most likely will”) drop and I don’t know about you, but that fucks with my head.
Shoot for a program that combines heavy days, high volume days, and even body weight days to get the most out of your training and if you’re looking to get the most out of your fat loss efforts, you can always jump rope in between your sets.
…and if you choose to man up and eat barbecued animals for breakfast, skip the cornbread.
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