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    What Does a Primal "High Carb" Day Look Like?

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    I'm curious to find out what a "high carb" day would look like. I'm trying to slowly reintroduce carbs into my diet after being VLC for a while, but I don't want to enter into a "high carb" zone either - I simply want to enjoy both fats and carbs while still losing weight. Can anyone shed some light on this?
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    What is your height, weight and activity level? Those are all relevant factors to consider in determining optimal macro levels.

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    I cycle. A few low or zero carb days, then a few days with a few sweet potatoes for dinner along with the meat. Always moderate fat, though. I have experienced no weight gain doing this. But I'm at maintenance now. For losing, I was only doing one or two carby days during the week, and higher fat to a degree.


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    5'8, 150-55 , moderate - high activity (training for half marathon, bike 30 mins back and forth to work 3 times a week, walk approximately 2-3 hours a week). But I have recently gained at least 5 lbs (afraid to look to the scale) in fat over the past month due to restricting and binging then on carbs. Looking to up the carbs without undermining any weightloss efforts I try to make.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTmeetsMontréal View Post
    5'8, 150-55 , moderate - high activity (training for half marathon, bike 30 mins back and forth to work 3 times a week, walk approximately 2-3 hours a week). But I have recently gained at least 5 lbs (afraid to look to the scale) in fat over the past month due to restricting and binging then on carbs. Looking to up the carbs without undermining any weightloss efforts I try to make.
    Based on your height, and weight - alone - that's not too bad of a size to weight ratio. I would definitely think about adding white rice, sweet potatoes, and regular potatoes..

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTmeetsMontréal View Post
    I'm curious to find out what a "high carb" day would look like. I'm trying to slowly reintroduce carbs into my diet after being VLC for a while, but I don't want to enter into a "high carb" zone either - I simply want to enjoy both fats and carbs while still losing weight. Can anyone shed some light on this?
    Completely depends on who you ask/what the situation is. For me, a high carb day would likely include white potatoes, white rice, maybe even some sugar(gasp!), as long as my fructose stayed under 50g.

    I do typically backload my carbs, a carby breakfast doesn't do much for me. Maybe:

    IF or eggs for breakfast.

    Multiple plates of AYCE sushi, so a couple pounds(?) of white rice.

    Meat, veg, and mashed potatoes for dinner, and maybe some Hagen-Daas for dessert.

    So maybe 600g+ of carbs?

    Bear in mind that would all be after lifting late in morning, and that I'm young-ish, male, and I guess "an athlete". I also can't be bothered to do high-carb/low fat refeeds, I just eat fat with my carbs. If I was doing HC/LF, my carbs would of course be higher. While weight-loss isn't a primary goal, I am slowly leaning out the last bit.

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    just shoot for 20% of your calories from carbs, mostly glucose. say a 3/4 - 1lb of sweet potatoes in a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakey View Post
    just shoot for 20% of your calories from carbs, mostly glucose. say a 3/4 - 1lb of sweet potatoes in a day.
    Thanks for the posts everyone!

    Jakey, I read on another post that your brain uses 600 g of glucose a day? Therefore carbs comprised mostly of glucose are okay in larger quantities? Does this mean that fructose carbs aren't as good (fruits and such) for weightloss?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTmeetsMontréal View Post
    Thanks for the posts everyone!

    Jakey, I read on another post that your brain uses 600 g of glucose a day? Therefore carbs comprised mostly of glucose are okay in larger quantities? Does this mean that fructose carbs aren't as good (fruits and such) for weightloss?
    hi, that would be 600 calories of glucose, which is about 125 grams. fructose is really only good for one thing, metabolically speaking, and that's refilling liver glycogen. which is to say, it won't fuel anything. every single cell in your body can use glucose though, which is pretty cool.

    also, to be clear, i guess i was describing my own diet, not a high carb diet. i shoot for 100grams of carbs a day, which is about 400 calories. so my liver makes a little extra glucose from amino acids for my brain, and probably some ketones while i sleep. i still derive most of my calories from fat, but i'm not in VLC land.

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