I've been on a mass gain training cycle lately. I've also been enjoing VLC and eating basically only meat and greens for three months; My hunger is satisfied. Mood is great. Energy for my weightlifting is non stop diesel fuel. It's great! The only caveat is I'm not gaining mass!
My base calories are supposedly @2000-2200Cal. I'm eating three times a day 9-3-9, 3.0 grams protein / kilo body mass (about 180 grams/day), @200 grams fat/day, around 2500 cal/day in meat and fat only, plus an extra 200 or so calories from green non-starchy veggies. I take Mg, Ca, D, E, plus occasional liver.
My meat is lamb for breakfast, chicken breast or sashimi and coconut oil for lunch, and beef and veggies for dinner.....mostly raw meat btw.
I feel GREAT without carbs but I'm not gaining. This week I tried eating 50 grams carb from sweet potatoes post workout. I immediately felt flush in the face, headache,mood drop and anxiety, and overall aversion to it. I didnt enjoy eating them at all, def not carb addicted. I was hungry all day instead of my usual fat burning diesel cruise control feeling, and nearly fell asleep at work instead of being alert when carb free. This is with carbs being an ADDITIONAL 200 calories to the above.
I realize I've become carb intolerant and fat adapted. Perhaps over some weeks I could tolerate carbs better. But must I eat carbs to gain muscle mass? I've been a strong wiry hard gainer all my life no matter WHAT I've tried!