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This is going to be a quick post, but this does indeed come up a lot. When you are coming from either an extremely low carb way of eating or a diet focused on large amounts of processed carbohydrates, you’ve set yourself up to have a relatively inflexible metabolism.
Both low carb and high carb plans are similar in this respect. Even when you strike a balance and your cells become more flexible, it’s extremely common to feel bloated after a carb load. This is especially common in the evening but it’s not always a bad thing!
Let me give you a few examples of how to intuitively determine when you’ve gone a bit overboard on carbs, hit the sweet spot, or actually under eaten:
- If you go to bed super-bloated, and you wake up bloated, you probably took the carbs too far and you’ll want to dial things back a bit.
- If you go to bed bloated, but you wake up tight, you are doing it right.
- Often if you go to bed tight and you wake up with a bit more loose skin, (this happens a lot on control days) it’s a sign to eat more carbs.
When you are “mostly fed,” you are trying to maintain and potentially gain muscle. Sometimes you will feel stuffed; for a lot of people it’s been a while since they felt like this so it’s uncomfortable. Just remember that when you are trying to maintain (or build) the muscle you have worked so hard for, how your abs look from day-to-day has to take a backseat.
The idea that over the course of one day, a mere 24 hours, you can add a bunch of fat to your body is bullshit. That’s just not how it works. Getting fat takes just as much time as getting jacked does. The End.