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So I'm trying to understand more about carbs. Protein was easy to learn... just enough of it and your good 2 go!

Carbs on the other hand. There's a million different opinions. Especially about which type of carbs to consume (if any at all)

I'm not sure of how much carbs to eat, when to eat then or which type to eat.
The topic usually starts going into gylcemic index. Insulin resistance. Etc. For some reason it just confuses the fuck out of me.

I'm hoping someone can dumb it down for me. Should I only have carbs before a workout? And basically stick to protein the rest of the day?

Should I not eat carbs on a rest day? What about before sleep? I find it very difficult to sleep if I don't have some carbs.
Is there a purpose for having carbs post workout?

I don't why but I have so much confusion and questions about carbs I'm not Even sure where to start.
I just try and eat plain potatoes and avoid bread or crackers and shit.
Although I have no idea when or why you should choose one over the other.

How do you know to eat more carbs in your diet? Or when to dial it back?
 

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So I'm trying to understand more about carbs. Protein was easy to learn... just enough of it and your good 2 go!

Carbs on the other hand. There's a million different opinions. Especially about which type of carbs to consume (if any at all)

I'm not sure of how much carbs to eat, when to eat then or which type to eat.
The topic usually starts going into gylcemic index. Insulin resistance. Etc. For some reason it just confuses the fuck out of me.

I'm hoping someone can dumb it down for me. Should I only have carbs before a workout? And basically stick to protein the rest of the day?

Should I not eat carbs on a rest day? What about before sleep? I find it very difficult to sleep if I don't have some carbs.
Is there a purpose for having carbs post workout?

I don't why but I have so much confusion and questions about carbs I'm not Even sure where to start.
I just try and eat plain potatoes and avoid bread or crackers and shit.
Although I have no idea when or why you should choose one over the other.

How do you know to eat more carbs in your diet? Or when to dial it back?
are you a very advanced body builder? If not, then don't overcomplicate it.

Just set a number for how many grams of carbs you want per day. Then it's up to you to decide how and when. you want to consume those carbs.

I don't have an issue with any carb sources, but I do stay away from anything that is made with processed sugars. They're okay to have on a rare special occasion, but it is never a staple in my diet.
 

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are you a very advanced body builder? If not, then don't overcomplicate it.

Just set a number for how many grams of carbs you want per day. Then it's up to you to decide how and when. you want to consume those carbs.

I don't have an issue with any carb sources, but I do stay away from anything that is made with processed sugars as a staple in my diet.
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Should I not eat carbs on a rest day?
are you fat? if yes, then maybe not.

Should I only have carbs before a workout?
if you want. it's not a rule.

why not a have a macro balanced meal 1-2 hours before you train. So you have the protein, the building blocks circulating already.

basically stick to protein the rest of the day?
if that style of eating helps you with compliance and sticking to your program. then sure.

What about before sleep? I find it very difficult to sleep if I don't have some carbs.
then have some carbs and get a good night sleep.

Is there a purpose for having carbs post workout?
I'd say no. seems like protein post workout is more important. I don't actually know anything though.

I don't why but I have so much confusion and questions about carbs
because you are asking questions that have no right or wrong answer and are a matter of personal preference.

then finding an answer where someone presents their opinion as fact or a hard rule as so everything you now read seems contradictory.

He said it best. below...

are you a very advanced body builder? If not, then don't overcomplicate it.

Just set a number for how many grams of carbs you want per day. Then it's up to you to decide how and when. you want to consume those carbs.

hope you paid attention.

How do you know to eat more carbs in your diet? Or when to dial it back?
Am I in a massing phase or cutting phase.

The protein is going to stay 1-1.5 x bw, the fat is going to stay .3 x bw, the carbs are the variable you manipulate based on current goal to meet your calories for the day.

I just try and eat plain potatoes and avoid bread or crackers and shit.
Although I have no idea when or why you should choose one over the other.
rice, oats, potatoes have a different/better nutritional profile than crackers or some bread


I'm not Even sure where to start.
decide your macro goal. eat the number of carbs in your goal to suit your personal preference so you stick with it.

based on your words you will be saving some carbs for the evening to sleep better.

you'd also do well to have some of your days carbs before you train for energy.

where the rest fall is up to you.
 

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So I'm trying to understand more about carbs. Protein was easy to learn... just enough of it and your good 2 go!

Carbs on the other hand. There's a million different opinions. Especially about which type of carbs to consume (if any at all)

I'm not sure of how much carbs to eat, when to eat then or which type to eat.
The topic usually starts going into gylcemic index. Insulin resistance. Etc. For some reason it just confuses the fuck out of me.

I'm hoping someone can dumb it down for me. Should I only have carbs before a workout? And basically stick to protein the rest of the day?

Should I not eat carbs on a rest day? What about before sleep? I find it very difficult to sleep if I don't have some carbs.
Is there a purpose for having carbs post workout?

I don't why but I have so much confusion and questions about carbs I'm not Even sure where to start.
I just try and eat plain potatoes and avoid bread or crackers and shit.
Although I have no idea when or why you should choose one over the other.

How do you know to eat more carbs in your diet? Or when to dial it back?
If you are trying to lose bodyfat..

As someone that used to way overdo it on the micro thinking and management of carb sources, it is really counter productive to invest too much thoughts on it. If you are not diabetic or have insulin issues outside of the normal person losing fat, the glycemic index aspects are not nearly as important as you think. I wasted lots of time eating bland bullshit instead of good flavored carbs over the years. Biggest improvements have come from expanding my selections, which was in large part do to "youtube fitness" people explaining in videos. For all their misinformation, Greg Ducette and Layne Norton have some decent ones on carbs selections etc.

It is the same with always being told to not drink zero sugar drinks before the last couple years.

So have white rice if you want, popcorn (minus calorie dense additions), white potato, etc. Hell, if a snickers bar fits your macros you can eat it. Bodyfat wise (overall and oversimplified), you can adjust calories while just eating sugar as your carb source and lose fat in the short term. You just won't get the nutritional/blood sugar/health benefits of a more nutritional carb source. Calories are the same.

Overall, just choose a variety of carbohydrate sources you like to eat that are as "clean" as you can do, combine them with protein and take advantage of zero sugar and low calorie options when you can.
 
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Fuck bro. Just eat some solid square meals and you’ll be fine..
Over complication of nutrition for begginer.

Ha. Carbs before bed are awesome.. help me sleep thru the night
Of course if I am dieting I will leave them out . Unless I feel like I did not eat enought during the day then maybe I will eat a bowl of oat meal or something. A couple of apple or something g of that nature

And if I am really a piggy I’m eat a digorno’s pizza.
 

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No need to over complicate it ...

Reduce and eliminate processed foods and refined sugars ... things like sodas - sugary drinks - fruit juices and alcohol are the easiest place to start with cards ...many other highly processed foods full of sugar also eliminate donuts - shit like that ...

Fruits, veggies, salads ... etc you are good to go with as a rule ... never heard of anyone getting fat on carrots ... or legit fruit although don't be retarded (eat fruit reasonably) ...

Unless you are competing and trying to drop down to single digits then you'll need to learn how you react to different starches like potatoes and rice ... but for the most part ... they are also good to go (just keep the cheese - sour cream - bacon off your potatoes ... lol
 

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Biggest thing I find in deciding between carbs is hunger and craving. If I am hungry and craving carbs, I eat a TON more fibrousy veggies like brocolli and tons of pickles and cucumbers. I stay away from sweeter tasting (oats with splenda/ overnight oats) or trigger type foods like protein bars. Not because of the source of carbs but because they trigger my hunger. I stick with big volume foods with a fraction of the calories and is a lot more filling overall.
 
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Biggest thing I find in deciding between carbs is hunger and craving. If I am hungry and craving carbs, I eat a TON more fibrousy veggies like brocolli and tons of pickles and cucumbers. I stay away from sweeter tasting (oats with splenda/ overnight oats) or trigger type foods like protein bars. Not because of the source of carbs but because they trigger my hunger. I stick with big volume foods with a fraction of the calories and is a lot more filling overall.
this is a good tip for those who suffer from cravings.

Drinking a big glass of water when cravings kick in is another way to try to offset them.
 

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So I'm trying to understand more about carbs. Protein was easy to learn... just enough of it and your good 2 go!

Carbs on the other hand. There's a million different opinions. Especially about which type of carbs to consume (if any at all)

I'm not sure of how much carbs to eat, when to eat then or which type to eat.
The topic usually starts going into gylcemic index. Insulin resistance. Etc. For some reason it just confuses the fuck out of me.
If you're otherwise healthy, don't give a second thought to either of these. I'm talking in a diseased state.

And the glycemic index is next to useless in a mixed foods meal, the other foods change the GI.
I'm hoping someone can dumb it down for me. Should I only have carbs before a workout? And basically stick to protein the rest of the day?
You can have carbs whenever you want to. Sometimes you'd eat more or less, depending upon goals, but that's merely to adjust overall calories, as protein and fat ideally should stay pretty consistent. It's that simple.
Should I not eat carbs on a rest day?
See above
What about before sleep?
See above, but some find carbs before sleep helpful for sleep, while others find too much hinders sleep. You'll figure it out.
I find it very difficult to sleep if I don't have some carbs.
Is there a purpose for having carbs post workout?
Well, I guess you already have. Have carbs in your last meal if it helps you sleep. Sleep is incredibly important.

Post workout carbs refuel your muscles with the glycogen(carbs) that they just used for fuel in the workout. It's not a magic window though, they'll get filled up in subsequent meals also.
I don't why but I have so much confusion and questions about carbs I'm not Even sure where to start.
I just try and eat plain potatoes and avoid bread or crackers and shit.
Although I have no idea when or why you should choose one over the other.

How do you know to eat more carbs in your diet? Or when to dial it back?
Don't confuse CARBS with FOODS. People usually choose the carb source they use because that FOOD agrees with them. There is absolutely zero difference in the carbs in rice vs potatoes, or fruit vs table sugar. The FOODS however, are more than just carbs.



If you have any other questions, or would like me to get more detailed, I'd be happy to answer them for you.
 
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If you have any other questions, or would like me to get more detailed, I'd be happy to answer them for you.
No you won't, you're about to go out for a pack of smokes like dad did! 😢
 

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this is a good tip for those who suffer from cravings.

Drinking a big glass of water when cravings kick in is another way to try to offset them.
This is something I also do. Usually, the meal itself will fill me up enough to not have too much hunger or cravings a little after I eat it. So even the few extra minutes of water filling up space gets me through the craving period. Sugar free jello does the same, but makes me piss non stop afterwards along with all the fluids I drink.

If not for these methods, I couldn't have dropped the last 50 pounds as easily. Same with avoidance, one fit crunch bar and I have to eat 5.
 
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So I'm trying to understand more about carbs. Protein was easy to learn... just enough of it and your good 2 go!

Carbs on the other hand. There's a million different opinions. Especially about which type of carbs to consume (if any at all)

I'm not sure of how much carbs to eat, when to eat then or which type to eat.
The topic usually starts going into gylcemic index. Insulin resistance. Etc. For some reason it just confuses the fuck out of me.

I'm hoping someone can dumb it down for me. Should I only have carbs before a workout? And basically stick to protein the rest of the day?

Should I not eat carbs on a rest day? What about before sleep? I find it very difficult to sleep if I don't have some carbs.
Is there a purpose for having carbs post workout?

I don't why but I have so much confusion and questions about carbs I'm not Even sure where to start.
I just try and eat plain potatoes and avoid bread or crackers and shit.
Although I have no idea when or why you should choose one over the other.

How do you know to eat more carbs in your diet? Or when to dial it back?
Easy to understand carbs. Eat them around workouts. My carb sources that I prefer are yams and jasmine rice. I keep it simple.

Rest of the day, focus on protein, greens such as Kale & asparagus and healthy fats. MCT Oil is excellent btw, invest in some and take it daily.

Thank me later when you look the best you ever have in your life.

Oh and btw, don't ignore water. One gallon per day is a must.
 
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