As a followup to my recent question about my own weightloss stall, I am wondering if anyone can explain carb re-feeds to me. More specificially, assuming I don't want to continue to be in a mild ketogenic state, what are the benefits/detriments to a carb re-feed plan versus moving toward a more moderate intake of carbs on a daily basis (i.e., 50-100 g instead of sub-50 g)? Thanks in advance.
Carb re-feeds are a useful and necessary component to a cyclic carb diet. I am sure you understand that while eating low carb <30g day, your body will eventually deplete its glycogen stores creating a less than optimal situation for many athletes. The carb re-feed allows those individuals to fill their glycogen stores over the course of the refeed and then return back to their normal diet after the refeed closes.
It is also understood that the cyclic refeed will also be a high calorie experience which promotes a boost in metabolism after a long period of reduced calories.
i lift heavy 2-3 days a week- short, very intense affairs. on those days i eat 2-3 potatoes post workout and this has helped me feel better in the subsequent days, my muscles don't feel flat and i sleep better. On days i don't lift, i almost always stay below 50g carbs/day on nonworkout days. This has made me feel much much better than when i was basically low-carbing all the time.
I was wondering this as well...would there be any difference between carb refeeding after each large workout (assuming crossfit style workouts 4-5 times/week) or simply once a week as prescribed by the cyclical ketogenic diet?
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