7 comments on “THE TRUTH ABOUT CARBOHYDRATES AND BUILDING MUSCLE

  1. Hey Jeff

    I’m following your athleanx program, and I workout at 6am.
    Should I do so on an empty stomach? If not, should I have ONLY protein? Or should I have breakfast that contains carbs as well?? And how long before my 6am workout should I eat? Thanks.

  2. Hi Jeff I\’ve started your Athlean x program but I\’ve had to change a couple of the conditioning workouts because of equipment/space restrictions but anyway about the article I was on a very low carbohydrate diet last year, eating about 30g per day. I was following a program I bought online that involved a 5 day split routine and cardio, I lost weight/fat and was happy with that for a while but didn\’t gain much muscle if any. I also found it real hard to progress with my workouts, was feeling lethargic and tired a lot of the time and never felt like I switched to burning fats as the low carb books tell you will happen. Eventually I craved the carbs and started binge eating a lot of them.

    I\’ve really let myself go since then and this past year gained just over 30lbs fat, since then I\’ve been trying to eat low carb again but a part of me wont let me. I still have that carphobia a little but since getting your program I\’ve just started eating how you prescribe and let go of the fear of carbs. I\’ll be doing that for the full 90 days and see how I progress. So thanks for your outlook on diet and exercise I hopefully will have some great results to show. Took my before photos and I\’m looking forward to the afters.

    Thanks Jeff

    • AthLEAN-X on Jul 6, 2010 7:45 pm |

      John….you’re going to find that eating the way I suggest is not only results producing…but also easy to follow! I have no doubts that you’re going to do well and I insist on the after photos!
      Time to get AthLEAN!

      Best in health,
      Jeff

  3. aristidis on Jul 7, 2010 1:15 pm | Reply

    Hi Jeff
    Does that rule of thumb “2 to 2.5 grams of carbohydrate per pound of body weight” go towards the snacks as well? Or is it only for the main meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

    Should the portions of all 6 meals throughout the day be equal?

    Thanks for everything!

    • Carl Richmond on Jul 7, 2010 7:53 pm |

      aristidis,

      Snacks apply for your total carbs for each day as well. Everything counts.

      your portions could be equal, but I think it’s better to taper off your carbs the closer you get to going to sleep. I have most of my carbs in the morning and afternoon and I eat my last meal about 3 hours before going to bed.

  4. Natanael on Jun 17, 2013 5:08 pm | Reply

    Hi Jeff, I’m curious about your thoughts on this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vr-c8GeT34

    On it the doctor explains that the study of which it was concluded that fat was bad, was in fact wrong… that the study(It was made by Ancel Keys) showed no relation with fat intake and heart disease… but that Keys handpicked 7 countries and that small portion did show a direct correlation with fat intake and heart disease… but taking in consideration all the other countries it was completely irrelevant… and that other studies made showed a direct correlation with carb intake and heart disease… I know you’re also a medic having integral knowledge on physique and health… so I was curious of what you make out of this video…

    I also understand that carbs are the preferred and best fuel for your body… but as I understand it, after 3 weeks of being on ketosis your body adapts to use fat as fuel instead of carbs…

  5. Martin Niklasson on Feb 23, 2017 3:43 pm | Reply

    Hi!
    Love the programs have completed Ax-1, Ax-2 (started Xero on a vacation but did not finish it since the time I was unable to get to a gym was less than 6 weeks, I will finish it later however) currently on max/size and soon NXT!
    My question is if you could do a video about the mechanical differences between the front and back squat as well as when you should use them? Thank you for doing the videos on youtube as well as creating the programs!
    //Martin, Swedish folower

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