Is anybody else doing what I am doing (or similar) and experiencing favorable results? I train 6 days a week in martial arts and lift HEAVY twice a week. I always train in the morning, fasted. I do NOT eat PWO for at least 2-6+ hours....basically when hungry. Then I eat a HUGE high fat/protein meal and it will be the only meal I eat that day. If I eat a sweet potato, its once every 7-10 days and no more than roughly 185g and NEVER PWO....and I am gaining muscle/strength weekly. Gluconeogenesis....if I am properly understanding its definition? I am looking to maximize HGH and minimalize insulin release, obviously. Anyone else seeing similar results using what some might consider, a slightly unorthodox method?
Yes you can grow in size and strength without carbs. Carbs aren't used to build the muscles directly after all. Carbs/glycogen allow you to work out harder/longer to put more stress/microdamage on the muscles. Insulin from the carbs helps shuttle more amino's into the cells for repair. However, it's not "required".
Yes the body can replenish it's glycogen through gluconeogenesis and to a fairly small extent via fat. Takes roughly 24-48 hours.
Is it "optimal" according to what the bodybuilders do, no. But obviously working fine for you for your needs for now (assuming you're tracking all these gains to really quantify it). At some point you will plateau though, at which point you'll want to switch things up if you want to progress further.
Although I'm still a beginner, I had no gains in my lifts for a period of two months on low-carb postworkout. When I switched to moderate-carb PWO I instantly started gaining back the ground I had lost, and the process continues and I am losing fat as well, on a leangains-style program. For at least some people, carbs are crucial. I'd say that overall I eat 10-20% carbs now, and feel great.
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