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    I'm really confused as to whether I should have some post work out carbs or not! Help!


    I have been below 30g for over a month now, and definitely hit a plateau. I've fasted post work out everyday, and somehow, the fat still remains. Something's not working?


    Sometimes I feel like crap at the gym, like I'm not giving my best. I don't feel that good "burn" after I work out anymore. It's as if I didn't do enough.


    So I'm going to experiment with adding maybe 50 grams of carbs after working out and see how that goes. Or should I have the carbs before?


    And what would be my best primal option? A banana?

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    No such thing as "good carbs." Avoid them. They&#39;re what make you fat.

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      So how do I improve my work out?


      Besides not losing any more fat, I have lost muscle from all that fasting...

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        Are you lifting heavy? I have been very low carb for months now, but I have been doing stronglifts 5x5 program and have increased on all my lifts. If you are lifting heavy then your muscles continue to work and grow. They will not grow if they are not needed to.

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          Raphael, how do you know you&#39;re losing muscle? How many more pounds do you want to lose? How fixated are you with your scale?

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            Lifting as heavy as possible. I try to never get past 6 reps.


            What is stronglifts 5x5? Maybe I need a change in my routine. Do you have any tips?


            This is my workout schedule:


            Monday: Squats and Deadlifts


            Wednesday: Pushing muscles (triceps, chest, shoulders) and abs


            Friday: Pulling muscles (biceps, back) and obliques


            Usually 6 sets of exercises per muscle group.

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              I try to eat something high protein post workout. You don&#39;t need carbs, but protein can help post workout.

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                Jess: If I&#39;m not losing muscle, I definitely did not gain any. I took a before (a month ago) and after (few days ago) picture and there was no difference. My chest doesn&#39;t feel as tight as it used to.


                I only need to lose about 5 pounds off my waist. I can&#39;t see my abs yet, but it&#39;s getting there.


                I weight 142. I don&#39;t care for the scale, though, because I want to gain weight (in muscle) and lose weight (in fat)

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                  No such thing as "good carbs." Avoid them. They&#39;re what make you fat. </blockquote>


                  sometimes the advice in these forums is just terrible

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                    BigBeck89: Exactly... Carbs after working out shouldn&#39;t make you fat. Fructose will, and that&#39;s why I asked what are my best options for refueling my glycogen stores.

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                      Raphael: you can go to stronglifts.com and look up their beginners program. It advises to do a full body workout three time a week, and always with compound exercises. The program does have you doing squats with every workout just because they are so beneficial to the body. Make sure to check out all the examples of proper form, especially with squats, most people do not go low enough....I can see a big difference in my core from doing squats. I am a 30yr female, and am currently up to 1x5 185lb deadlift and 5x5 170lb squats, and I have only been following the program for about four months. But again, I cannot stress how important proper form is. It is not good for your body to lift heavy if your form is not correct.

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                        Raphael, you mention you try not to get past 6 reps. But does that mean that you&#39;re using enough weight that by the 5th rep you&#39;re struggling? or do you feel like you can do more but just don&#39;t? Are you eating enough? How much protein and calories are you eating?

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                          jmc1979, that site looks awesome. I think I will give it a try. The StrongLifts 55 Program doesn&#39;t look too different from what I do.

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                            syzchan, yes I usually am struggling in the 5th rep, especially with bench/shoulder press. When I do squats and deadlifts, my last set is of 2 reps of 200 pounds. I try to make it as intense and short as possible.


                            I&#39;m getting around 150 grams of protein per day. This week I decided to stop fasting post workout and consume 50 grams of protein right after, from whey and tuna.


                            Calories are about 2,500? I don&#39;t count. I try not to eat a lot as I still have fat to lose.

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                              from the sounds of it you don&#39;t exactly qualify as obese or even overweight, but are just trying to become the best version of you possible, ie build some muscle and maybe lose the last bit of fat


                              try a little fruit in the morning of your training days. then later if you deem it necessary maybe some carbs peri-workout

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