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    Fruit, diet, flat muscles, crossfit

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    Hello all!
    I have a few questions I hope people can answer for me. Some days I look really muscular and my muscles look 'full' and some days i don't and I look 'softer/less muscular' and my muscles don't look as full. I weigh 167lbs and i'm 5'9. I do crossfit/olympic lifts/ met cons 5-7 days a week mainly because I enjoy working out. A typical week for me would look like this:
    mon- 4sets 4-6reps squat heavy, metcon(50-100burpees, 1,000m rowing, 100 lunge steps), front squat 2sets 4-6 80% max.
    tues- heady deadlift 4sets 4-6reps, bent over rows 3sets 4-6 reps, some sort of metcon, cycle 2mi.
    wed- either chest or shoulder press 4sets 4-6reps, metcon, row 1000m cycle 1mi

    etc etc, you get the idea, I lift heavy things then do a cardio workout with light weights.
    My diet looks like this:
    250-270g protein from lean meat: lean meats, grass fed beef, turkey, chicken, eggs, fish
    230-250g carbs from 1/2-3/4cup oatmeal in the morning with blueberries, then later in the afternoon i have 2cups mixed fruit (usually apples/oranges/strawberries), carrots, lettuce, kale, various veggies, sweet potatos/alternate with banana if i dont't have sweet potatoes.
    60-80g fat from almonds, coconut oil, egg yolks, fat from my lean meats

    a typical day of eating looks like this:
    breakfast: 10eggs (2whole) (i know the yolk isn't bad but i think at the amount of eggs I eat it might be problematic for me), 1/2-3/4cup oatmeal with handful blueberries and coconut oil. then i don't eat for about 3-6hrs and have some sort of meat (about 8grams), 2cups mixed fruit salad (mostly apples/oranges/strawberries) and 1/4cup almonds or i'll have half avocado and some veggies like carrots with kale/lettuce/mushrooms. then i workout and have 12eggs (2whole), and either 8-10oz sweet potato or 1 banana and a protein shake. then i go to bed.

    I'm wondering why some days my muscles look more full and muscular and some days they don't and it appears I am getting fatter.
    Do you think I am getting enough glucose to my muscles or are they being depleted from my workouts and should I eat more? Every wednesday I have a carb refeed where I'll up my carbs to about 280-300g that day then back down to my usual.

    I should probably add I have about 2pinches of sea salt with my eggs everyday.

    I try to eat as primal as possible but I just love steel cut oats and they don't bother like bread does.

    Any input would be great! Thanks everyone!

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    If you're getting fatter you're eating too many calories.

    Cut the calories somewhere. I would personally cut some of the fat but that's just me. 1/4 cup almond is a LOT of superfluous calories...

    (yes you're getting enough carbs)
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    I'm not sure I'm getting fatter though. I use my calipers to track and get a general idea of where my bf% is each week and I tend to stay right around the same levels (according to my numbers about 10-11% +-). It's just some days I look better and some days I don't.
    If it sounds and looks like my fruits/carbs intake is enough then I'll try reducing my fats and see where that gets me for a few days.
    Thanks for the input.

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    It's just water/salt/glycogen levels. No big deal. I can visually look like I gained or lost 10 lbs of muscle in the same day depending on amount and type of food, and hydration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
    It's just water/salt/glycogen levels. No big deal. I can visually look like I gained or lost 10 lbs of muscle in the same day depending on amount and type of food, and hydration.

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    Can you explain...I'm guessing low salt intake + low water intake = flat looking muscles/fatter?
    If my glycogen levels are low does that mean I'm not eating enough or not eating the right carbs/ right amount of carbs per day?

    Thanks.

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