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2015/03/01 10:05:45 (permalink)
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low/no carb non training days

anybody live by the above? Was listening to a recent podcast where a low/non carb non training day diet was implemented even during a bulking phase to help keep body fat low

I'm personally still bulking for another month or so anyone given the above a go before?
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    Re: low/no carb non training days 2015/03/01 11:02:07 (permalink)
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    To me it makes sense to do a basic form of carb cycling and up the carbs on training days and decrease them on non training days. Especially after a work out when you're insulin is more sensitive, it also helps with recovery. Over the years of experimenting I've this is the best way to add musucle with out loads of fat.

    On training days it makes sense to me to have more carbs , I've tried having no carbs and for me it doesn't work. I just feel weak and can't focus properly on my workouts. I always have carbs before and after a work out regardless of whether I'm cutting or bulking.

    (Edited -to make sense and to actually answer the post correctly, I was pretty tired and didn't concentrate properly.)
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    Re: low/no carb non training days 2015/03/01 11:10:11 (permalink)
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    Nicky p
    I've tried it and for me it doesn't work. I just feel weak and can't focus properly on my workouts. I always have carbs before and after a work out regardless of whether I'm cutting or bulking.


    Did you understand his post correctly? He is talking about non training days, not training days.

    Sure you should go lower carbs on non training days if you want to keep fat gain as minimal as possible, but if bulking I'd still get morning carbs and then probably pre bed carbs, if cutting I'd have as less as I could, if it meant almost none then great, but I'd probably never go below 100g.

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    Re: low/no carb non training days 2015/03/01 11:13:29 (permalink)
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    I should also add I know a guy who trains mon-sat then Sunday is his rest day and he fasts the whole day until Monday morning, so pretty much a 36 hour fast, he's pretty conditioned year round as you'd imagine.

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    Re: low/no carb non training days 2015/03/01 11:17:36 (permalink)
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    Calorie cycling, yes I've been doing it somewhat the past few months (not so much for the last week) whilst bulking and it seems to have kept any fat gains to a minimum.
     
    I still have carbs on non training days (no carbs at all is no fun), just not as much and fat intake is increased (overall calorie intake is decreased). Training days fat decreased, carbs increased (and overall calories intake increased).
     
    I like it personally, eating more food/carbs on the days you really need it (for energy/hunger). 

       
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    Re: low/no carb non training days 2015/03/06 19:05:45 (permalink)
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    It is probably a good idea to do carb cycling, increasing your carbs on training days to fuel workouts and facilitate recovery and then decreasing them down on non training days where you don't require as many carbs. Fundamentally though if you are eating in excess you are probably going to put a small amount of fat on regardless of what approach you take. 
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    Re: low/no carb non training days 2015/03/06 23:27:53 (permalink)
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    Nicky p
    I've tried it and for me it doesn't work. I just feel weak and can't focus properly on my workouts. I always have carbs before and after a work out regardless of whether I'm cutting or bulking.

    if cutting I'd have as less as I could, if it meant almost none then great, but I'd probably never go below 100g.



    Why? Do you have a tolerance to them?

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    Re: low/no carb non training days 2015/03/07 05:41:51 (permalink)
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    What do you mean? Cutting = cutting calories while doing your best to maintain muscle and lose fat, I know some people who cut on 400g of carb and get into single digit bodyfat figures.

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    low/no carb non training days 2015/03/07 14:52:25 (permalink)
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    makaveli1971 1996

    What do you mean? Cutting = cutting calories while doing your best to maintain muscle and lose fat, I know some people who cut on 400g of carb and get into single digit bodyfat figures.






    I think I misread your post. I thought you said you'd look to diet on as very little carbs as possible but figured you're cleverer than that. Makes sense if you have an intolerance to them though of course.
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    Re: low/no carb non training days 2015/03/07 16:36:48 (permalink)
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    Tollerance to carbs? What is this? If what you do means you take in appropriate kcals for you goals then do all good.

    If eating less on none training days 'tightness' up you kcal surplus fair enough.
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    Re: low/no carb non training days 2015/03/07 21:22:07 (permalink)
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    I meant an intolerance. Sorry for the confusion.
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