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2014/12/24 20:37:09 (permalink)
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handling carbohydrates

Right now I am doing a reverse diet back to my normal TDEE. I am on 2100-2200 kcal and around 300 carbs (male, 20 years, 178 cm). I was on much less carbs before (because I wasn't lifting). Now it's like 4-5 days that I am consistently hitting my numbers...
The first few days it was ok, I was feeling filled up and tight. But now I am way too bloated and feel kind of 'over-spilled'. I am also gaining like 0.5-1kg a day!
 
My workouts are awesome, I am stronger than ever, but I don't like how I feel (and look).
Should I cut back on the overall calories a bit, or just the carbs? (throw in some fat instead).
I suppose the weight is purely just water, because it fluctuates too rapidly for it to be 'real' weight. 
 
Still, it's quite strange as I was thinking about this... couple years ago, when I wasn't concerned about fitness and nutrition, I ate easily 400 carbs a day and wasn't even lifting... and I didn't have any adverse effects. 'Normal' people eat probably 70% of carbs in their diet (bagels, cereal, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, rice, juices, sodas, sweets..).
 
With exercise and intermittent fasting (some people) insulin sensitivity should be much much better and physically active people involved in heavy workouts should handle carbs much better... so why is it that I am observing such dramatic changes from my diet?
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Re: handling carbohydrates 2014/12/24 21:30:14 (permalink)
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How low were your carbs and for how long? How quickly have you been increasing them?
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Re: handling carbohydrates 2014/12/24 22:02:46 (permalink)
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Good point and a good question.. I forgot to mention that.  
I was moving under 100g usually. Been increasing my carbs/calories for maybe 3 weeks now. I know it's not ideal, but I'd rather gain some weight in the process than reverse diet for half a year. Especially now during Christmas. But not this much weight :D
 
I was also thinking about the fact, that the rather fast changes and manipulations in my carb intake can cause this, as my body isn't 'used to' the carbs perhaps? And someone that eats the same, even though high amounts, of carbs is already kind of adapted to that? 1g of carbs still holds 3-4 g of water though. Should be the same for everyone I guess :D And glycogen stores should be even higher for physically active guys.
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Re: handling carbohydrates 2014/12/24 22:08:45 (permalink)
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How much per week have you been increasing them? Ease up and increase your fats/protein for a few weeks instead.
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Re: handling carbohydrates 2014/12/24 22:38:03 (permalink)
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Sorry, you gave us your height but what is your weight?

No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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Re: handling carbohydrates 2014/12/25 10:09:09 (permalink)
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Sorry, you gave us your height but what is your weight?

oh, I don't know how I missed that.. sorry.
Anyway, here's the log from the past couple of days. 

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