So, this challenge is the build muscle while low carb challenge. It means I will have to remain below 130 grams of carb a day. According to this Q&A with a registered dietitian a person under 130 grams of carbohydrate a day will catabolize muscle.
"Both 30 and 55 grams of carbohydrate per day are less than the minimum 130 grams necessary to prevent loss of lean tissue ( and organs). I would not recommend either for weight loss as you are likely to regain this weight once you stop dieting. Read the questions and answers below for more information."
"The problem with these diets is that after the first few days, body stores of glucose (glycogen) are depleted and the body turns to the only other source of glucose which is lean muscle tissue (organs and muscles). Metabolic rate decreases because the body thinks it is starving and because the muscles that burn calories are cannibalized to provide glucose."So, I am making it MY mission to show that it isn't as cut and dried as that. We shall see what happens to my poor widdle muscles when I consume under 130 grams of carbs per day.
This thread is the impetus for my thoughts. The fallacies and lack of true understanding is so frustrating. It is especially difficult to read from the 'professional.
Anyone willing to join me? 30 Days of lower carb, you can go even lower than 130 if you want to.
I will include my normal workouts, and try to add an extra 'lift heavy things' day. I am very much wanting to get to 20 push-ups ASAP. Real ones, on the floor not the stairs. I am down to the 3rd stair now, will move to the second hopefully this week. I really want to get my back more muscular. I am hoping that this 30 days of lower carb will lead to seeing better definition in my back since it should lead to less back fat...shudder.
Will take 'before' pictures and measurements on Tuesday. This is the day I can use the BF monitor at the gym, so it makes sense. Let's see what 30 days can do when you REALLY stick to it.