Not a bodybuilder. Simply trying to understand how my body's built.
August 1, 2010 1:44 PM Subscribe
I'm neither an athlete nor obese, but am trying to lose 20 lbs while also building muscle, on a very low carb diet. My question is about depleted muscle glycogen stores while doing strength training.
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I'm 5'6, 149 lbs, female, with a fairly high bodyfat percentage (27%.) I have trouble with eating carbs (mainly, whenever I eat carbs I have enormous difficulty maintaining portion size, I just go nuts and eat everything in sight) so I have found the most success in regards to satiety and portion-control in consuming 50 grams or less of carbs a day, in the form of vegetables or dairy-sugars.
I am consistently in a state of ketosis, if that matters. All in all, I estimate my total calorie intake to be around 1800 to 2000 cals a day. I only eat vegetables, dairy, healthy fats and lean meats.
In the last few months I've begun strength training with a trainer twice a week, take pilates once a week, and do 30- 45 minutes of high intensity cardio twice a week.
I've been doing a fair amount of research on bodyrecomposition.com on this subject, but I have trouble weeding through the bodybuilding-tailored answers and the science.
What I really want to know is:
1. Will strength training while eating high protein/high fat/very low carb (essentially depleting muscle glycogen stores several times a week) result in my body cannibalizing my muscle tissue to turn it into fuel? I don't want to be "wasting" my strength training sessions if they won't result in me getting any stronger. I'm not a bodybuilder, but I'd like to be strong.
2. Is the mix of eating in this fashion (high protein/high fat/low carb around 1800 cals a day) while exercising in this fashion (the mix of strength training and cardio) still a good plan for fat loss?
Any advice (ESPECIALLY any backed by science, though anecdotal is okay) is much appreciated. I've never tried carb cycling but it is something I'm willing to try, although I'm wary of the binges it might provoke.