I seem to do best on a low-carb diet, but I am on a barbell lifting program and need about ~150g carbs the day before my workouts in order to not burn out by the third rep.
But when I do, I'm starving within a couple hours, and if I don't eat more carbs I feel lightheaded and all the badness I had so commonly on my "healthy" diet before paleo. Are there any tricks to avoiding this?
Why do you eat the carbohydrate before your workout, rather than after it? In order to maintain anaerobic performance, you want to restock your muscle glycogen, not just have carbohydrate floating around in the bloodstream at the time of your workout. The best time to replenish glycogen is immediately after you've depleted it with your previous workout, so I would have your carbs then. If you eat a large (relative to your normal intake) amount of carbohydrate before your workout then all you'll do is temporarily switch from a fat metabolising to glucose metabolising metabolism. Alternatively, since you're just eating 150g of carbohydate 'the day before your workout,' you could try just eating smaller doses of carbohydrate every day, rather than a huge amount intermittently. I've found that my intense workouts decline when VLCing, but are fine if I have ~40g per day (although I think eating most carbs post-workout makes most sense).
Honestly, I don't count anything. I spent over 30 years worrying about counting calories, macro-nutrient ratios, and eating every 3 hours. LISTEN to your body. It WILL tell you what it needs and when.
I would agree with others that you don't need to eat any carbs before heavy lifting. day before, hour before, whatever.
I am 4 months into Ripp's Starting Strength. I refuel with anywhere from 50 g carbs to 150 g carbs from sweet potato right after lifting.
I go into the lifting fasted ala Leangains.
Then again, i have had days where i felt extra good during lifting and i think they were a day after having some beers the night before. Sounds silly but maybe i worked better with those residual carbs in my system? Too many variables to make a claim but nevertheless food for thought.
If you are NOT adapted to fat-burning for your fuel source yet then perhaps before you start or continue with the lifting you should wait till your body is totally used to fat for fuel, any carb-flu, etc is gone?
Please allow me to clarify. I have been a cross-training martial artist for 30 years n a teacher for over 20. I train martial arts EVERY day which includes mirror-work, speed bag, heavy bag, top n bottom bag, focus gloves, kicking shields, weaponry, etc. I also swing maces, push/pull sleds, flip tires, sledgehammer, balance work, hurdles, sprints, tabatas, etc. I lift HEAVY every 3-4 days using squat, bench, deadliest, clean n press, clean n jerk, pull-ups n muscle-ups, n grip n ab work. I have cut down from a muscular 190lbs to a shredded 169 in 5 weeks and I am stronger now! Unless, you are lifting EVERY day (counter-productive) and doing isolation movements (waste of time), your muscles will replenish the glycogen within 24 hours.
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