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    I have been exercising more intensely recently and I have noticed the scale has gone up a couple of pounds. It could be my body retaining water. I am trying to drink more water, but also keep hearing/reading about carb refeeds. If you do this, please explain what you eat during them and how frequently you incorporate them into your diet.

    Thanks!

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    Jens522, probably muscle since you are doing deadlifts, squats, presses, and sprints. Don't worry about it or eating carbs either.

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    • #3
      If you suddenly ramped up your exercise out of nowhere, then yes, it could very easily be just water retention. I probably lose two pounds after my workout from the loss of water weight.

      That being said, if you're truly interested in a carb refeed, I'm going to make a very large post very soon on it. I'll be undertaking a very heavy carb cycle after I get my blood drawn for labwork this week in a desperate attempt to cut those last few pounds of body fat standing between me and a six pack. If you can hold out a couple days, it will be a very lengthy, detailed post.
      Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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      • #4
        I hope you're right, Tigerj. I don't see it when I look in the mirror, but who knows.

        It wasn't suddenly out of nowhere, I've been working out w/weights and etc for around 3+ months, but recently doing it more intensely. I am interested in reading your post on the topic.

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        • #5
          I do carb refeeds usually once a week but I may up the frequency a little more now that it's summer. Sweet potatoes are my favorite primal carb by far.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Daemonized View Post
            I do carb refeeds usually once a week but I may up the frequency a little more now that it's summer. Sweet potatoes are my favorite primal carb by far.
            So do you eat the sweet potatoes after a workout? What's your carb intake you're aiming for on the refeed day?

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            • #7
              I think all the pics at Martin's leangains site pretty much prove carbs are not the enemy so many people around here think they are.

              Especially for people moving some weight.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TigerJ View Post
                I think all the pics at Martin's leangains site pretty much prove carbs are not the enemy so many people around here think they are.

                Especially for people moving some weight.
                Yep. Some of those guys eat straight shit (in our standards) yet look awesome. I know there's no strong correlation between looks and health ( in lean people I mean) but it's obvious that you don't need a super squeaky clean diet for aesthetic purposes. For general health I do strongly think paleo/primal is the way to go.
                I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                • #9
                  I've considered refeeds... But I need to be honest with myself: The main reason these refeeds are so appealing to me is they would allow me to indulge in high carb foods.

                  BRING ON THE PANCAKES AND THE PASTA!!! IT'S REFEED DAY!!! WOO HOOO!!!!!!

                  I know this, because when I consider refeeding with a food I do not like. (For example, sweet potatoes... I HATE sweet potatoes), suddenly the appeal goes away and... well... thank you very much, but I do not really think I need a refeed.

                  So, if you are like me, and you are really contemplating adding in refeeds, I might suggest you try the refeeds with unappealing foods.

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                  • #10
                    I finished the post on carb refeeds just now. It's up for reading if anyone's interested.

                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread31459.html
                    Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                    • #11
                      Hey IniQuity,

                      "It's obvious that you don't need a super squeaky clean diet for aesthetic purposes. For general health I do strongly think paleo/primal is the way to go."

                      I think what the examples from leangains show is that the 'holy grail' is not necessarily eating 100% organic, or the magic # of macronutrients, or even as you say never ever touching gluten, dairy, whatever....

                      But if we could call anything a 'holy grail' it is regular IF and exercise. Adding paleo on to those surely a good thing. But paleo without IF & exercise I don't think accomplishes the same results.

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