Wanna Be Bigger, Leaner and Stronger, and FASTER – Eat Your Carbs


Wanna Be Bigger, Leaner and Stronger, and FASTER – Eat Your Carbs

There is no getting around it; we need carbs when we lift. Lately we have been presented with the benefits of Ketogenic diet or the diet regimen wherein you almost entirely eliminate the carbohydrate in your diet and increase your fat intake substantially. This diet contrary to the popular belief, indeed teaches your body to burn fat and it causes one to lose fat faster than if one goes low fat.

carbs everywhere

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Thus there is no denying the fact that ketogenic diet is an effective and healthy way to lose fat as demonstrated by Dr. Stefansson a scientist who lived for a very long time eating only meat and fish literally living with the Eskimos. When he and his associates went back to their normal life and back to their normal diets that is when their cholesterol and other health markers degraded.

Furthermore ketogenic diet has been shown to NOT affect your muscles as you lose fat, you won’t as much ending up losing muscle as you think you would.

But the catch is, if you are a lifter and you want FASTER results in muscle and strength gain – you really need to ramp up your carbs. You see even in the study cited above – their caveat is for lifters to not drastically reduce their carbs for lifting uses up carbohydrates for energy as well.

Low carb will also ruin your countenance and mood (LOL as demonstrated below):

low carb high carb

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Ketogenic Diet and Its Shock Effect:

Ketogenic diet, Vegan diet (100% vegetable ONLY – not the OTHER types of vegan that have a lot of exemptions like OVO vegetarian) and any other drastic diets really do cause results but half of that is ONLY due to the drastic change in your macro nutrient intake. We all know that the body reacts well to shock and change in diet which is what we discussed in one of our old posts (the body doesn’t love what is receives).

Thus it doesn’t mean that because eliminating carbs is effective that it is the best diet to be on year in year out. I would not recommend staying in such diet for longer than 2 months at a time to be honest. Anyways after such a time in that diet – it will lose all of its great effects thus you need to go back to your normal diet again. Anyways it is always best to “cycle” diets; earlier we have cited a boxer who goes pure vegan but ONLY before bouts.

Carbs are used up in heavy lifts:

Singe jointed moves that don’t challenge the nervous system much, tend to consume fat stores. However with heavy multi-joint, compound moves (with high CNS factor) they tend to use up your muscle’s glycogen stores as carbs is a more effective source of high octane energy for high octane moves and lifts.

FYI: Glycogen is carbs. Carbs are stored in your body as glycogen stores.

Thus even if you are in a low carb diet, you still need to take in a good amount of carbs at least 2 hours before lifting weights. Or else your training day will be very sloppy and your results will be nulled because you will not be able to work as hard on your squats, deadlifts and presses because of glycogen deficit.

And if you can’t work hard you will not GAIN HARD MUSCLES – It’s really that damn simple!

Nor will you be able to lose fat in the process if you cannot train hard in the gym and give your all out.

With regards to carb sources – I haven’t changed my stand on the precious benefits of eliminating anything that is packaged or artificial and (as much as you can) eat only “real” home cooked meals (no fast foods).

And NO BREAD! Several researches have been compiled and they show that modern bread is something you need to stay away from.

Most junk foods are carbs doesn’t mean that carbs are junk:

Another reason why everyone seem to think that carbs are evil and that eliminating carbs cause much fat loss and health gain is just because of the fact that most junk foods and packaged foods are carbs (and so is bread), when we eliminate carbs we also tend to get away from these artificial poisons we call food.

But that doesn’t mean that it is the carbs that is to blame but only the fact that we tend to take 80% of our carbohydrates from packaged and junk food. The same reason that most people think that fats are evil is because they consume most fats from “junk oils” like vegetable oils.

Thinking that carbs need to be avoided is also a mistake and is the same as thinking that animal fats must be avoided (which is insanely stupid)

The best source of clean carbs would be rice. Hands down; nothing can beat rice especially brown rice in terms of providing complex nutrition to lifters.

Even great bodybuilders rely on rice, like Shawn Ray below:

shawn ray eats rice

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Other great carb sources which you should always have in your fridge are yams, sweet potatoes, cassavas, oats, and potatoes. If you want to fry your potatoes or sweet potatoes, DON’T use vegetable oil. For great tasting fries with great texture you should use LARD or rendered pork fat. Vegetable oils have double bond which means that it will be damaged with heat while healthy animal fats like butter (not fake butter) and lard (or tallow) or virgin coconut oil will maintain their molecular integrity.

Thus it is not enough that you eat a lot of protein and fats, it is important that you eat good QUALITY carbohydrates (the ones we mentioned above) as well. Eat your eggs AND carbs, people!

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