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    No enough carbs? Workingout at the gym.

    Hello,

    I'm working at the gym pretty intensively, not every day but when I workout it is to complete muscle failure. I'm feeling pretty tired, today after gym I crashed for a 3 hours nap after a 7 hours night sleep.

    Should I have some carbs? I hardly had any in weeks. And if so, which ones? If I think about rice or potatoes I just don't "feel like it".... I have no carbs craving. Maybe it's something else and not nutrition related?

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    Carbs are absolutely necessary for intense activity.

    Your glycogen stores are probably depleted, which would explain why you feel like crap. Some rice and potatoes would do you good.
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    Should I have some daily, or can I do a once a week all you can eat Sushi and it will sort me out for the week? ;-) In other words, how does the storage work, is that something that can be done once a week or I need to maintain a constant intake of carbs?

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    I think Mark recommends one refeed per week.

    This is especially important if you're dieting down. Going low carb for a long period without a refeed can cause downregulation in your thyroid hormones as well as a drop in leptin levels; along with the depletion of glycogen stores if you're training.

    So yeah, one day per week is usually what's recommended to keep everything running smoothly.
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    Can I do pizza?

    (Please say yes, I'm begging you ;-) )

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    If you're not sensitive to gluten, I don't really see a problem with it (unless you're trying to follow the Primal diet).

    However, I would caution against high fat consumption on a refeed. The metabolic benefits from refeeds come from the increase in carbohydrate. High fat intake in conjunction with a refeed day will lead to fat storage (assuming you're in a calorie surplus).

    So, that said, pizza probably isn't the best choice knowing that you should keep fat lower during refeeds. White rice, sweet/white/russet potatoes, yams, squash, low fat ice cream are usually what I stick with during refeeds.
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    First of all, why are you aiming for muscle failure at every workout? You need to realize the intense exercise is fueled by glycogen, muscle failure will absolutely deplete glycogen stores of both the muscles and liver. Not replenishing them will set you up for a shit storm, not to mention you will not see any gains in strength or size.

    Secondly, depending on your goals, once a week might not he enough, try a carb heavy meal post workout and also a one day refeed.

    And yes, eat the pizza if thats what you want. You are in control of your diet, not people on the internet or some diet guru.

    Also, fruit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach View Post
    Secondly, depending on your goals, once a week might not he enough, try a carb heavy meal post workout and also a one day refeed.
    I may need to start doing this as well. So, if one is working out trying to get more muscle mass (kind of like how Spider-Man was in the 2012 remake), a carb heavy meal after the workout is good? Even if the workout is five days a week?

    What is refeed? I've never heard this before.

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    Good advice here^
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    Work to failure - check on Amazon "the power of 10" its a certain type of workout.

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