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    Why carbs instead of fats?

    A couple of questions:

    Why are carbs preferred as a bodybuilding source of energy over fats?

    Do carbs have an advantage over fats for recovery?

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    For people trying to stay lean, carbs are usually kept pretty low. For someone trying to gain weight, upping the carbs is almost unanimous.

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    Glycogen replenishment, insulin response, quicker source of energy.
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    This is a toouchy subjuect here but I will say...there is a place for carbs whether you're goal is weight gain or weight loss...with weight loss you just need to be more choosy on the types and timing of your carbs.
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    Originally posted by Fit Freak
    ...with weight loss you just need to be more choosy on the types and timing of your carbs.
    Well, the amounts should really come first, but yeah, kinda.
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    Of course....amounts, types, and timing...all very important....it should be common sense I hope to watch the quantity.
    Searching for the right balance...

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    Okay, the reason I ask is because I'm on a very low carb diet. (Approximately 25 grams per day) I still manage to work out hard enough that I'm sore for days later. My main concern is whether carbs are necessary for healing.

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    I would say no, glycogen is for energy, protein for rebuilding.

    25g is way way low indeed, even if all in one meal thats only a few spoonfulls of anything. Heck, thats about a slice of bread (not a prefered carb source).

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    Originally posted by Revenant
    Okay, the reason I ask is because I'm on a very low carb diet. (Approximately 25 grams per day) I still manage to work out hard enough that I'm sore for days later. My main concern is whether carbs are necessary for healing.

    You may want to consider having a carb up once in a while then.





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    I want to get leaner. I read all the post about staying away from bread. very interesting! question is,,, should I stay away from cereal too? I eat total cereal every morning, pretty large bowl too and have a banana with it. Is that a bad idea for getting leaner? Thanks

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    Also, if I am feeling shugish I will eat a bagel say a hour before I hit the gym as one of my 6 meals for the day. Is that counter productive also?? I really LOVE this site! This site is NOT of the devil!!! LOL Thanks

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    Should I just list my whole meal plan for each day and workout routine?

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    That would be a good idea and in a different thread! And start using some smilies. I hate boring posts.





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    Bagels are evil...bread and cereal too

    As for trying to get leaner....well I am definately not a supporter of 25 grams of carbs. IMO....that needs to be increased...maybe to 75-100 grams depending on your BF and BW....primarily consisting of sweet potato, oatmeal, brown rice, and lots and lots of vegies too.
    Searching for the right balance...

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    As for trying to get leaner....well I am definately not a supporter of 25 grams of carbs. IMO....that needs to be increased...maybe to 75-100 grams depending on your BF and BW....primarily consisting of sweet potato, oatmeal, brown rice, and lots and lots of vegies too.
    The best thing to do is to find out how many carbs you can eat while still losing weight. For some 75-100g may be to many carbs. 25g doesn't seem that low but it depends on were you are in your cut. If you only have 2-3 weeks left I think droping to 25g is ok to get rid of that last bit of Body Fat. If you are going to go that low with your carbs I would say try carbing up twice a week.





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