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    Carb intake... How do you time yours?

    How do you time your carbs in the day? I typically eat 5 solid meals with counting breakfast and bedtime meals and 8 total meals a day.

    I'm wondering how I can maximize my carb intake for each meal. Can I toss a carb drink in with my workouts? I'm not burnt out or losing steam while working out, I'm just looking to look Full.
    Currently sitting at 40/50 Oz of carbs per daytime MEAL but possibly upping them to 60/70 for atleast 2 of the meals which would be before workouts.

    Anyone feel sluggish when upping carbs or see the benefits?

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    Try a carb drink like karbolyn about 45 mins pwo at 50g. Pumps will be awesome and you get 50g carbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twk303 View Post
    How do you time your carbs in the day? I typically eat 5 solid meals with counting breakfast and bedtime meals and 8 total meals a day.

    I'm wondering how I can maximize my carb intake for each meal. Can I toss a carb drink in with my workouts? I'm not burnt out or losing steam while working out, I'm just looking to look Full.
    Currently sitting at 40/50 Oz of carbs per daytime MEAL but possibly upping them to 60/70 for atleast 2 of the meals which would be before workouts.

    Anyone feel sluggish when upping carbs or see the benefits?

    Thanks Fellas
    I have roughly 60 carbs per meal, I eat 45min pre workout, and use Carb Gain by NOW at 90g intra workout with creatine, and 60g carb gain post workout..

    Carb gain is flavorless and I mix it with Gatorade powder to add a little bit it sodium.. I also carry around a bag of tortilla's and pull one out here and there and just roll it up and eat it with a few swigs of water..

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    This will sound old fashioned but it has worked for me for years...first, I lift early in the morning on an empty stomach...anaerobic exercise uses sugar for fuel...by the end of my workout I have exhausted my blood sugar and stored sugar reserves...then I do my aerobic stuff like stationary bike pedaling for 30 minutes...this will cause my body to burn fat for fuel...for breakfast I will have eggs...no carbs...this causes my body to continue to burn fat for fuel as my metabolism is running on "high"...carbs and protein are then eaten throughout the day to replenish sugar reserves...I have stayed lean for 40 years training this way...at 61 my bf is around 10-12%...again, it is o!d fashioned...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koolio View Post
    This will sound old fashioned but it has worked for me for years...first, I lift early in the morning on an empty stomach...anaerobic exercise uses sugar for fuel...by the end of my workout I have exhausted my blood sugar and stored sugar reserves...then I do my aerobic stuff like stationary bike pedaling for 30 minutes...this will cause my body to burn fat for fuel...for breakfast I will have eggs...no carbs...this causes my body to continue to burn fat for fuel as my metabolism is running on "high"...carbs and protein are then eaten throughout the day to replenish sugar reserves...I have stayed lean for 40 years training this way...at 61 my bf is around 10-12%...again, it is o!d fashioned...
    Old fashion or just works LOL. There no substitute for experience

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    I get too sick if I donít eat


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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankdoz View Post
    I get too sick if I donít eat


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    I get nauseous if I train with any food in my gut

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    I have my biggest carb meal post workout and always make sure I have at least 2 meals with some carbs earlier in the day before I train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimSmith84 View Post
    I have my biggest carb meal post workout and always make sure I have at least 2 meals with some carbs earlier in the day before I train.
    That's pretty much where I'm at the majority of my carbs are pre and post and that's really all that matters most. And depending on the day I will occasionally have some carbs in one of my meals earlier.. but the majority of my schedule even on off days I don't have much or any tailoring into the latter hours of my day.. it's more animal protein and greens.. and just a shitload of fillers..

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    I keep all meals atleast 2 hours away from training. If I train first thing in the morning Iíll have 13 haribo gummy bears on the way to the gym and sip on EAA and coconut water through my workout. I donít like any food on my stomach. You donít need more 20-40 fast acting carbs for a workout

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    You don't need carbs pre-workout if you're eating enough carbs throughout the day.

    Also most people don't eat carbs early enough before going to thy gym. You need about 90 minutes. ( You don't want fast acting carbs either, that's better for post)

    You don't want an insulin spike while training. It will reduce intensity by reducing dopamine levels which will reduce neural drive.

    Intra-workouts carbs are good when steadily drank through the workout to keep the liver from having to work too hard by giving it a constant fuel source. You don't shoot it all at once.

    Other than that, you biggest carb meals can be post, and before bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankdoz View Post
    I get too sick if I donít eat


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    This is a sign (a sign can also mean nothing) that your liver isn't healthy enough to regulate blood sugar.

    You probably aren't doing enough metabolic work to tax your liver to allow it to produce more mitochondria so it can handle the load you're asking it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan5011 View Post
    You don't need carbs pre-workout if you're eating enough carbs throughout the day.

    Also most people don't eat carbs early enough before going to thy gym. You need about 90 minutes. ( You don't want fast acting carbs either, that's better for post)

    You don't want an insulin spike while training. It will reduce intensity by reducing dopamine levels which will reduce neural drive.

    Intra-workouts carbs are good when steadily drank through the workout to keep the liver from having to work too hard by giving it a constant fuel source. You don't shoot it all at once.

    Other than that, you biggest carb meals can be post, and before bed.
    I do fine with fast acting carbs only preworkout. How fast do you think they digest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bft84 View Post
    I do fine with fast acting carbs only preworkout. How fast do you think they digest?
    Doing fine does not equate to doing whatís best. Youíll still lose out on intensity by dopamine reduction. It also highly depends on how you train. Some training phases get by easier than others when you account for these things.

    Slower carbs 2 hours before training, fast acting after training. If youíre searching for more optimization.

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