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    So the past 3 months I've been following a carb cycling diet. On my training days (3x a week) I've been doing high carb and 6000 cals/day. On my off days (4x a week) I've been doing low-carb and 4000 cals/day along with 30 min of LISS.

    During these 3 months I was in school and working a desk job so pretty much the only physical activity I had was my workouts and cardio. I gained 5 lbs the first month, but I have been stuck at 200 lbs the last 2 months. I'd like to gain another 10 lbs this summer so I need to up the cals.

    I started a job framing houses this week so I'm doing 8+ hours a day of physical labor (Mon-Fri). I've only been doing this job for 3 days but I've already noticed my appetite has gotten rediculous. Usually on my high days (6000 cals) I have a hard time stuffing down all the food. But today after work I was so hungry I went to a local taqueria and downed 2 super burritos (these are probably close to 1000 cals each, there huge).

    So you think I should start doing my high carb days every single day since I'm burning so many cals at work? I've already decided to drop the LISS cardio on the off-days because there's no reason to do it.

    Also do any of you guys work physical jobs on here? How has it affected your training? Does your body eventually adapt to the extra workload?

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      well there mya be others more qualified....but simply put you will probally need to be smart with training intensity and volume til your body adapts to the added work load.
      ive done all types of manual labor the harder i work out of the gym the less volume i can handle in it, obviously everyones different but my advice is just cruise on the weights for a week or two,listen to your appetite,take short naps after eating on your lunchbreak and get lots of sleep at night
      Overtraining should be one of the lowest concerns. You should focus on optimal training.
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        My forearms and grip strength got fatigued by the end of the week when i was working as a foreman years back. I was lifting back then but could not perform without straps.
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          I'm starting a landscape job tomorrow and I'm wondering the same thing. I think it's best to take a week off, then start back up with reduced volume (maybe 20-30% less?) and judge how your body adapts. Go from there. As long as calories and sufficient sleep are there I don't imagine it would be that big of a deal, besides dreading going to work with dead legs and back from a heavy day.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by punkguitarist View Post
            So the past 3 months I've been following a carb cycling diet. On my training days (3x a week) I've been doing high carb and 6000 cals/day. On my off days (4x a week) I've been doing low-carb and 4000 cals/day along with 30 min of LISS.

            During these 3 months I was in school and working a desk job so pretty much the only physical activity I had was my workouts and cardio. I gained 5 lbs the first month, but I have been stuck at 200 lbs the last 2 months. I'd like to gain another 10 lbs this summer so I need to up the cals.

            I started a job framing houses this week so I'm doing 8+ hours a day of physical labor (Mon-Fri). I've only been doing this job for 3 days but I've already noticed my appetite has gotten rediculous. Usually on my high days (6000 cals) I have a hard time stuffing down all the food. But today after work I was so hungry I went to a local taqueria and downed 2 super burritos (these are probably close to 1000 cals each, there huge).

            So you think I should start doing my high carb days every single day since I'm burning so many cals at work? I've already decided to drop the LISS cardio on the off-days because there's no reason to do it.

            Also do any of you guys work physical jobs on here? How has it affected your training? Does your body eventually adapt to the extra workload?
            I think with other jobs your body may adapt a bit, but if you are framing and actually doing it fast paced, you are prob gonna need to add in some cals....I have had a framing company for almost 20 years, and we work very fast paced and sometimes it's hard to even find your maintenance cals. I just recently got in the union with a cabinet shop after basically having little to no work for quite some time, and Skip had to raise my cals after two weeks as I lost 8lbs, just from going from being inactive to active again. I would think that the truth would lie in the scale. If you lose weight and continue to do so, you will need a bump. My best gains came when I stopped physically framing and started driving from job to job as we got busier, as I was expending very little energy...
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