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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-28-2009, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Is it possible to have good mma workouts and gain strength and speed on a low carb, high fat diet?
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You might have energy problems during long workouts...I wouldn't suggest a diet like this unless you are on a pre-match cut. If you must do a low-carb, high-fat diet, be sure to get lots and lots of protein to balance everything out.

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damn that sucks, the problem is that i have recently found out that i have candida due to a long term use of antibiotics so i cant have any carbs, dairy or sugar and ive been following the anti candida diet and seeing success in my skin and thrush on my tongue but the problem is that my workouts have been suffering and my energy and strength seems to have decrease and this bothers me cause i train mixed martial arts and i dont like the fact that it seems like there has to be a tradeoff between clear skin and training hard with good results. I was just wondering if there was anybody out there that has been on a low carb high fat diet for a long period of time that has good results in the gym and doing strenous workouts? maybe my body needs more time to adjust at using fat as fuel? i found a couple of websites claiming that the body prefers fats as energy but then i also found many more websites that claim that athletes that have hard workouts NEED Carboyhydrates since its supposedly the best energy provider. anybody have any ideas or comments?
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How are you built? Tall, short, skinny, fat? And how active are you through the day?

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well in my last fight i fought at 170 and im 6'2" but ever since being on this diet ive lost weight and im like 160 so i could probably drop to 155. I train 5 to 6 times a week. Monday through thursday, 5-8 weightlifting, brazilian jujitsu, kickboxing (1 hour each). Friday i do some lifting and light sparring. Saturday its in the morning from 930-12 its 930-11 team mma (go over different stuff in the cage), 11-12 is boxing. Sunday is day off. But im really struggling to get through all those workouts, do you think that my body just needs to adapt at using fat as main source of fuel? or can i simply not do it without carbs?
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You won't be able to sustain your current activities on a low carb diet...that is why you have lost weight. Keep the carbs and fats in moderation and increase your protein intake. If you keep on this diet you should expect to continue to have energy problems so start eating better.

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ya what you are saying makes sense, like i said i can feel my loss of energy and strength and it bothers me but don't all carbs feed candida?
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Excess carbs will be turned into fat, so just don't overdo it. Try counting what you eat and keep a journal. There is plenty of information out there that will explain what diets work best for your activity level.

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