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  1. What are your carb choices? Let's hear them


    Oct 1st means beginning of bulk season for me.

    Attempting a slower bulk this year to minimize the fat gain. Strictly because my cut was a bitch this spring and I don't want to work as hard again haha.

    What are your go-to carb choices? Mine are:

    Sweet potato
    Oats (in my shakes for convenience factor)
    Brown long grain rice (dirt cheap)
    Quinoa
    Gluten free brown rice pasta (it has a great carb count without the bloat)

    Curious to hear your carb choices when looking to gain size and minimize fat gain?

    Cheers lads (and lasses)

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    Carb choice will have no influence on fat gain, all comes down to the surplus and your training for that

    Really depends on the caloric total, I would generally say oats/rice/fruits/veggies

    But if I was on a 3k+ calorie diet I might add in sugars or refined carbohydrates to make it easier.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Driven2lift View Post
    Carb choice will have no influence on fat gain, all comes down to the surplus and your training for that

    Really depends on the caloric total, I would generally say oats/rice/fruits/veggies

    But if I was on a 3k+ calorie diet I might add in sugars or refined carbohydrates to make it easier.
    Ah the world of bodybuilding has changed. When I first started lifting 11 years ago. It was stay away from sugar and high GI carbs! Good to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drejb View Post
    Ah the world of bodybuilding has changed. When I first started lifting 11 years ago. It was stay away from sugar and high GI carbs! Good to know.
    Ever evolving

    Now you're likely to see a million kinds of carbohydrate manipulation strategies for physique results; from ketogenic dieting to carb cycling to carb back-loading...

    Some schedule carbs only in meals pre and post workout.

    Some schedule high GI carbs intentionally pre/intra/post, and low GI the rest of the day.



    Lots going on the scene and easy to get lost in or distracted by.
    Base principles are the same though.

    Sticking to your macros and caloric total over each 24 hour period is all you really need big picture
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    So my answer to the original question is...

    Whichever carbs you enjoy eating, and are satiating enough for your needs/goals

    If they come with a bunch of micronutrients as well it is a win
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Driven2lift View Post
    So my answer to the original question is...

    Whichever carbs you enjoy eating, and are satiating enough for your needs/goals

    If they come with a bunch of micronutrients as well it is a win
    As an Italian that enjoys his pasta tremendously. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this info.
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    ^Eat all the pasta

    It's maintainable as long as you're willing to use less oils, and maybe leaner cuts of meat (if you opt to eat it regularly)


    I make sure I fit Pad Thai into my macros whenever I'm craving a big plate
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  8. For a lean bulk I like to keep my carbs as unprocessed as possible (oats, potatoes, rice, fruit). As @Driven2lift said, the main determining factor in weight gain or fat gain is how much you push your calorie surplus above maintenance. I also find that using a GDA for higher carb meals while bulking can really help minimize fat gain and I feel that the carbs I eat are better utilized. Using a product like Slinmax during a lean bulk is a great way to reduce the bloated feeling I get from carbs, and it can help control blood sugar and deliver and store glycogen in the muscle.
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  9. Pasta! I can eat yuge amounts of this. With butta.
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  10. Sweet potatoes, berries, white rice, corn tortillas, pastas,
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  11. Quinoa= protein, fiber, and carbs.
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  12. I am a HUGE potato fan (white ones, I hate sweet potatoes)

    I like jasmine rice or yellow rice, mostly jasmine

    Oats from time to time

    Whole wheat or protein pasta.

    Brown rice I am not a big fan of at all
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  14. Quote Originally Posted by ManimalPatB View Post
    I am a HUGE potato fan (white ones, I hate sweet potatoes)

    I like jasmine rice or yellow rice, mostly jasmine

    Oats from time to time

    Whole wheat or protein pasta.

    Brown rice I am not a big fan of at all
    Lol. I hate brown rice with a passion. I would rather eat styrofoam peanuts than that.
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by Jebrook View Post
    Lol. I hate brown rice with a passion. I would rather eat styrofoam peanuts than that.
    Not a big brown rice guy myself. Unless it's brown from Mexican seasoning.
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  16. Quote Originally Posted by Jebrook View Post
    Lol. I hate brown rice with a passion. I would rather eat styrofoam peanuts than that.
    Thank you!!!!!! People think I am crazy but Brown rice is pure garbage. It tastes like crap and does nothing for you

    Mmmmmmmmm styrofoam
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  17. Squash (especially butternut) and sweet potato consistently work much better than any other carbs for some reason. I have been using quinoa mixed with protein powder a couple times a day for a quick 'to go' meal.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by drejb View Post
    Oct 1st means beginning of bulk season for me.

    Attempting a slower bulk this year to minimize the fat gain. Strictly because my cut was a bitch this spring and I don't want to work as hard again haha.

    What are your go-to carb choices? Mine are:

    Sweet potato
    Oats (in my shakes for convenience factor)
    Brown long grain rice (dirt cheap)
    Quinoa
    Gluten free brown rice pasta (it has a great carb count without the bloat)

    Curious to hear your carb choices when looking to gain size and minimize fat gain?

    Cheers lads (and lasses)
    Rice for me is my best lean bulk carb source. for whatever reason white jasmine rice will give me the extra carbs I need to fill out, increase energy, size, strength etc without gaining any fat, i'll even look leaner.

    otherwise when I'm just carbing:

    sweet potatoes (mashed!)
    bagels / bread
    whole wheat pasta
    or a carb supp drink pre/post workout.

  19. Protein pasta is my go-to. 17g of protein per serving.

  20. I am also a big fan of the very healthy sweet potato. I do it a little different though. I bake a small to med one for four minutes then cut lengthwise and add about three tbl spoons of almond butter. I like to top it off with pepitos to add a little crunch. I like to roll them up in tin foil and take them with me like a energy bar. Much cheaper and better for you.

  21. Quote Originally Posted by reboundclown View Post
    I am also a big fan of the very healthy sweet potato. I do it a little different though. I bake a small to med one for four minutes then cut lengthwise and add about three tbl spoons of almond butter. I like to top it off with pepitos to add a little crunch. I like to roll them up in tin foil and take them with me like a energy bar. Much cheaper and better for you.
    we had some kinda like this and they turned out like jojos or giant french fries. so good.

  22. Sweet Potatoes (Beauregard Yams)
    Purple Sweet Potatoes (Japanese/Okinowan)
    Organic Quinoa
    White Basmati Rice
    Oats
    Squash (Acorn, Butternut, Kabocha, Chayote)
    Beans (Black, Black Eye Peas, Chick Peas, Lentils)

  23. For me, it's adding a nice big banana to my PES Select Shakes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by double s View Post
    For me, it's adding a nice big banana to my PES Select Shakes....
    & honey + PB

    Over-ripe I hope?
    So good in chocolate peanut butter cup
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  25. Lentils just coz it hasn't been mentioned. Not the tastiest but fibrous and keep you going. I have to say oats are my number one go to if I need sustained energy for the day and very flexible. Can blend them in shakes, enjoy them as museli or cook them up and and they taste great.
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