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Carb Cycling (for lifters)

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    From what I've come to understand, consuming higher amounts of carbs on heavy lifting days is beneficial for recovery/muscle growth, and on those days, fat should be consumed less than on rest days (ive heard that around 50g is sufficient). What I'm a bit confused on is the timing of when to eat/not eat the carbs and fat. Are you supposed to limit fat intake POST workout, in favor of more carbs, or are you supposed to eat higher carb/lower fat throughout the course of the entire day?

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      Spend some time on Martin Berkhan's site "Leangains". I don't have the answers for you off the top of my head.


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        I think even after all the research you do, it still comes down to N=1.


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          Most people I know tend to stick their carbs in right after the workout. However, I am seeing more and more people not even worry about a post-workout carb load anymore. Just my experience, but I'm seeing fewer people at my gym immediately rushing for a sugar or starch fix after their lifting sessions.

          Granted, I cannot monitor everyone's behaviors and I don't plan to, but this is just from my preliminary observations of the folks at my gym. Protein seems to be what these people are grabbing now, not carbs.
          "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."