What to Eat Before/After Cardio While on Low Carb Diet
I've been having a good deal of success with a low carb diet. Mon-Friday I eat very low carbs then refeed on the weekends. I've dropped over 10 pounds in the past 6 weeks this way (probably too much weight too fast, but I'm impatient)
I'm planning on doing some cardio tonight and I was wondering if I should eat some carbs (possibly an apple or peach), drink a protein shake/eat a can of salmon or tuna or consume both carbs and protein before or after the cardio. I was thinking that if I dont' have any carbs before the cardio, my body would be forced to burn fat (and possibly muscle) while I'm doing it. Would it be wise to drink a protein shake after to help reduce muscle catabolism? Or do I need carbs as well as protein after the workout?
This is what I've eaten so far today:
Meal 1-Western Omelette
Meal 2-6 egg whites
Meal 3-Can of Salmon
I'm not planning on doing any weight training today, it's my day off
Whey will help shift you out of ketosis, much like carbs would as whey provkoes an insulin response. If you don't care about ketosis, some dextrose+whey would be good before and after, just a small amount though. Otherwise, a can of tuna or something along those lines would be fine too.
I'm not technically on a keto diet, because I've been to lazy to read up about it and properly plan one out (I know, that's bad =() but I've probably been going in and out of ketosis on a fairly regular basis considering that many days I eat virtually no carbs from maybe 7pm one day until noon or later the next day
Originally Posted by Jasonl
I just find cutting carbs out to be pretty easy (the worst part is the inconvenience of having to eat foods with no carbs in them, i don't really care about taste). I don't feel any less energetic when I don't eat carbs and I dont' really crave them (well, I do, but I can usually hold off till the weekend refeed). I did notice that eating carbs (usually a fruit) before a weight training session allows me to lift a significant amount more than I can if I eat barely any carbs right before
Last edited by thetopdog; 06-28-2004 at 01:44 PM.