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I agree people respond to low carb differently, but there are a few things to consider before deciding it's not for you.
I would characterize myself as someone it works for. That said I still go through a brutal keto flu for just under a week when I start it. I've never been able to completely avoid it despite people claiming you can. I get through it eventually though and return to a much more normal mental state. If you don't get enough fat like I did in my first low carb diet that feeling just goes on indefinitely.
Once I'm in ketosis though I can eat very few calories without feeling hungry. I don't get blood sugar crashes in the middle of the day. Pretty beneficial.
Now my lifting takes a hit in terms of performance, but I don't worry about it. Your muscles and liver are depleted of glycogen so it's inevitable. I take a simple carb mix before to make the workout a bit more intense and better pump and it all gets burned in the process. Maybe it helps preserve muscle idk. I think a lot of people overthink muscle loss on any cut. Losing the fat around your muscles by itself makes them look a lot smaller.
You are never standing still. You're either moving forward or backward.
1st off, I'm not a trainer and this is all one guy's experience w/ his own body. Take that for what it's worth.
Like others have posted, I tried lo-no carb and my energy went down the toilet. Lifts went to shit. Yes, I lost weight fast, but at the expense of feeling terrible w/ little to no energy throughout the workout.
Then I went high(er) carb for lift days and everything went back to normal.
You can't really go high carb if you're cutting as those calories have to take away from either protein or fat.
One thing to consider is carb cycling, which means on your lift days you go high(er) carb and on your recovery days you go low-no carb. This gives you the "carb rush" when you need it.
I personally do fasted training upon waking (w/ BCAA's per the Lean Gains method). My carb up is the night before. So before I go to bed, I'm loading up on carbs so they're in my system for the fasted workout.
To sum up, what trial and error has shown for me is a combination of:
-carb cycling w/ on and off training days
-training fasted upon waking w/ BCAA's in my system
-carb loading the night before a workout so all the energy is there pre-workout
Temporarily unavailable as I need to focus on other areas of my life. Only focusing on no more than two goals at once. Best of luck to you guys.
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