Hi all, I have increased my intake of carbs a ton-- I now eat loads of veggies with every meal and usually a sweet potato a day and it has actually curbed my appetite and gotten me less inflamed/bloated. I was wondering if anyone else experienced this? That going high carb again got them more fit?
It is also a positive because of all the variety you get using sweet potatoes and starchy veggies/ dense veggies (squash, beets, etc.).
A sweet potato a day with loads of veggies is hardly tons of carbs; probably fewer than an average SAD-dieter would eat in a generous serving of pasta.
Especially if you're active, though, starches can be great for energy, mood, etc.. Recall that the Kitavans eat as much as 70% of their daily calories in the form of "safe starches." I say if you're feeling better then absolutely go for it.
I personally do Leangains and eat about 3 giant sweet potatoes and a full bag of frozen berries on my work-out days.
I do better (i.e. get leaner, fitter, feel mentally sharp) when I include some starch and fruit in my diet. I eat mostly just berries for fruit and root veggies for starch. It works very well for me. carbs give you energy to burn so your workouts are more intense and you're quicker mentally. carbs aren't as bad as many people think, and in my opinion, going higher carb and having to burn em off via intense exercise is 1000x healthier than eating high fat and low carb and not having intense workouts.
Sometimes the body can read zero carbs as a stressed and up cortisol…so often having carbs does increase fitness and promote fat loss. Sounds like you are eating "good carbs" and I say do what works for you. Not everyone is identical.
I think if you like to train hard. You have to have carbs. If you want to lean out, then do no carbs, but don't expect killer workouts. But which is more effective for weightloss? No carbs and no activity? Or carbs and awesome workouts?
I was on a low-carb plan while weight training (1-1.5 hours, 4-5 days a week) and it worked fine, but when I moved into my rowing season (2 hours, 5 days a week) I upped the carbs and I feel amazing. I have more energy, recover faster than ever, and am getting leaner (moving below 10% bf) and recovering from cheat meals at a good clip. Low-carb is good if you're looking for extreme fat loss through ketosis, but many people undervalue carbs (starches especially) as a reliable and tasty fuel source.
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