As you all know (if you are new read my past entries) yesterday was my carb-up day and I had a whole pizza just for me.
For those that asked here's the reason why I had that meal:
When you are on a low carb diet your muscles burn almost all the glycogen that's stored in them which means that they also lose a lot of water (for every molecule of glycogen your muscle stores 3 molecules of water). This is great for fat loss but after a week or two (or more if you are obese) your metabolism gets a little bit slower and you burn fat at a slower pace. So what do you do to fix this? You REFEED (aka "carb-up). Carbing up is nothing more than eating 400g-1000g of carbs in a 3h-48h period (like runners do before a marathon). This monstrous amount of carbs has several benefits: supercompensation (being able to store more carbs than you normally would), accelerating your metabolism, muscle hypertrophy (the water stretches your muscle cells which is exactly how creatine works) and it's a fantastic way to indulge your cravings and not feel bad about it.
|So many benefits so little time|
|Oh dear pizza... I missed you|
- Low carb diets burn a lot of fat
- Your body needs carbs every once in a while to burn fat
- Refeeding boosts your metabolism
- Refeeding increases muscle mass
- Pizzas are effing awesome
|Of course I didn't finish the whole pizza, I'm not a pig...|
In 14 days I think I'll have sushi. Maybe a box of cereal?