October 24, 2013

Rest week, weigh-in

Weight (Saturday, 10-19-2013): 182 lb

Notes:  I rested and got fatter.  Must have just over-eaten.

Posted by: leoncaruthers at 11:44 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Leon, besides eating carbs on weekends what do you consider the big difference in the Paleo vs Anabolic diets?
I have to go back and see what you ate this week, wasn't able to do that this week.

Posted by: mare at October 27, 2013 09:50 AM (A98Xu)

2 By the way, thanks for bothering to write down what you eat. It's pretty interesting to me.

Posted by: mare at October 27, 2013 10:00 AM (A98Xu)

3 Anabolic diet is entirely about macronutrient partitioning/timing.  Food quality isn't mentioned at all in the book.  He even recommends a lot of processed meats during the week, and hitting your carb targets with pizza and beer on the weekends.  Obviously, I don't do it that way because I'm trying to maximize food quality. 

The white rice is my lone concession to an inability to get enough carbs in with just tubers and fruit if I have to do it all at once on the weekends.  Also because I like rice and I don't think it's hurting me to have it once a week.

Posted by: leoncaruthers at October 27, 2013 11:49 AM (G5lyi)

4 I'm kind of confused. Not with your explanation but what I should be eating during the week vs during the weekend. Aren't pasta/wheat/etc carbs just as bad as carb calories from sweets (cake/candy/etc)?

Posted by: mare at October 27, 2013 12:22 PM (A98Xu)

5 The difference is nutrient density and toxic load.  Froot By The Foot is just sugar and synthetic chemicals, cake and pasta are going to have a bunch of gluten, and corn chips are going to have zein (prolamine analogous to gluten in wheat).  Sweet potatoes (and white potatoes) are -- per calorie -- far richer in micronutrients.  White rice isn't very nutrient dense -- it's basically just amylose in a pill-shaped box -- but it's got nothing else.  Very little of rice's gluten analogue is present in modern varieties, and there are no antinutrients left after something like 10 millenia of selective breeding.  I don't know as much about jicama or yucca, but bananas and plantains are also good choices, though the bananas are going to be heavier in fructose/glucose than the plantains.

If you're going to eat carbs at all, these are probably your safest choices.  I try to lean more toward the starches rather than fruits because fructose can only be used by the liver, and then only to replenish liver glycogen or to be converted into fat.

The only reason to do this at all is because heavy anaerobic activity like weightlifting requires muscle glycogen.  If I were just walking and doing light resistance work, I wouldn't need to eat many carbohydrates at all.  The point of the AD is to operate on fat most of the time, but still have sugar available for the activities that demand it.  The long abstentions from carbohydrates during the week ensure that muscles soak up the carb re-feed rather than allowing it to just be blood sugar or be converted to fat tissue.

Posted by: leoncaruthers at October 27, 2013 12:49 PM (G5lyi)

6 Well, I'm glad I asked, that makes sense.
Thank's Leon.
The last paragraph nailed what I was not understanding.

Posted by: mare at October 27, 2013 01:25 PM (A98Xu)

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