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I posted this on my Instagram and thought I’d post it here too as someone may find it helpful.

 

CARB LOADING: my thoughts... I personally think a lot of people get this process confused. A lot of people talk about how much weight they are going to gain during the time that they eat their carbs and in my honest opinion this only happens if you have to shrink down substantially to make weight or if you spill over. What people don’t realise is that the point of eating carbs during a load is first to DRY OUT. Carbs pull water from the muscle and because of this, you LOSE weight, not gain. I believe the best way (majority of the time) is to focus on filling out AFTER drying out. This part can be risky, so depending on how well you know your body I recommend staying slightly flat, just full enough to get a pump and look full under the bright lights. It’s also obviously important to consider the amount of water you are drinking in relation to the carbs that you are eating. If you are eating a lot of carbs and drinking a lot of water you better know your body well enough to be doing so. To conclude, for the reasons above, don’t be surprised if you lose weight depending on how much water you shift. If you’re anything like me the amount may be substantial. But to be honest.. who cares, it’s about how you look anyway ? On a side note these photos were taken on a Thursday night after one full day of loading and Saturday mid day at the show.

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23 hours ago, trainlikeafreak said:

Carbs pull water from the muscle and because of this, you LOSE weight, not gain

Can you explain this a bit more, @trainlikeafreak?

 

My understanding was that carbs replenish the glycogen stores in the muscles, which then brings water into the muscle, giving them that fuller, "pumped" look. To do that, your body may draw water from wherever else it's being held - eg, under the skin - and removing that subcutaneous water is what simultaneously gives you a dry appearance. But I don't understand how that redistribution of water could affect your weight?

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10 hours ago, Pseudonym said:

Can you explain this a bit more, @trainlikeafreak?

 

My understanding was that carbs replenish the glycogen stores in the muscles, which then brings water into the muscle, giving them that fuller, "pumped" look. To do that, your body may draw water from wherever else it's being held - eg, under the skin - and removing that subcutaneous water is what simultaneously gives you a dry appearance. But I don't understand how that redistribution of water could affect your weight?


Following, interested to hear about this too.

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This is how I look at it. I’ll explain it as best I can in the most simplified way possible. These are just my views that have worked for me and many of my clients who I’ve prepped for shows over the years. 

 

carbohydrates NEED water to be absorbed. For that reason drinking nothing and eating heaps generally doesn’t work. However, what I was saying is, your muscle will contain “x” amount of water in it right? And when we eat carbohydrates they soak that water up in an attempt to fill the muscle with glycogen which will then result in the muscle being full or fuller so to speak. (There is actually an equation for the amount of mls you need to drink in relation to the amount of grams you eat but we will save that for another day). So it now comes down to how many carbs are you taking in vs how much you’re drinking. As I said earlier, I believe in drying out first and filling out second, so by eating moderate to large amount of carbs and keeping water on the low side you will soak that water up without filling the muscle right up (obviously the fuller you get the closer you are to spilling - it’s a fine line!).

 

sooo yeah, if you keep your water lowish (amounts obviously dependant on the person) while eating “y” amounts of carbs you will lose weight because what’s in the muscle will be soaked up by what you’re eating and if done correctly, whatever is left will be pee’d out.

 

hope that makes sense, it’s a lot easier to say than type lol.

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30 minutes ago, Pseudonym said:

Interesting. And do you manipulate your sodium levels at all?

Yeah bro. Generally I keep sodium high the whole prep and remove it friday (if competing on Saturday). Then re introduce it either Friday night or Saturday morning, usually Friday night. I find if I introduce it Friday night it makes me wake up a lot fuller (as by then I’m already dry). 

 

This is would be a good topic for the vids you’re planning... so much information and so much room for debate.

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I never carbed up nor water depleted when I competed and nor do a lot of people I know that achieve insane conditioning. Then again it could be a genetic thing, not arguing the above but I don't think it is as much of a factor that it is made out to be. 

 

Might be something more relevant for those who use PEDs?  More muscle mass more to fill out ?

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2 hours ago, jimmybro1 said:

I never carbed up nor water depleted when I competed and nor do a lot of people I know that achieve insane conditioning. Then again it could be a genetic thing, not arguing the above but I don't think it is as much of a factor that it is made out to be. 

 

Might be something more relevant for those who use PEDs?  More muscle mass more to fill out ?

No doubt man and I know people like this too. Personally I don’t think it’s optimal and would always encourage even a light load and water manipulation just for the extra dryness and pop. genetically I hold more water than the average person, always have, so I don’t have a choice lol no matter how lean I am.

 

Muscle mass could be a factor, PEDs could too but tbh it shouldn’t be if timing etc is right.

 

this post was more in regards to the misconception of people expecting to gain weight through a load.. when in reality you will probably gain no weight or even lose weight due to the carbs pulling water and further water manipulation.

 

all just my opinion as stated above.

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