Low carb – High carb Diet Which is Better? – With Lee Labrada

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Today’s ask Lee question comes from Bobby Schultz of Chicago, Illinois.

QUESTION: Lee, I’m trying to build muscle, but stay relatively lean at the same time. I want to know whether it’s better for me to use a low-carb or high-carb diet? It seems that everyone has a different opinion on how much carbs is right. I’m confused, can you help?

ANSWER: Bobby, you’re not alone. There’s a lot of confusion about the amount of carbohydrates a person should consume in their diet.

In my experience, it’s not good to go to either extreme. You don’t want your carbs too low, or too high either. A balanced diet is the key. Here are some things to keep in mind:

1) Some carbohydrates are necessary in your diet. Your brain runs exclusively on glucose, and carbohydrates are a great source of glucose.

2) Carbohydrates are protein sparing. That means that your body prefers to burn carbohydrates for energy if they’re available. If you don’t have enough carbohydrates in your diet, your body will start breaking down proteins for energy, first from dietary protein, but also from your muscle tissue if necessary. And nobody wants to lose muscle!

3) Eat your carbohydrates with protein. Never eat your carbohydrates by themselves. By combining your carbohydrates with protein, you slow down the conversion of the carbohydrates to blood glucose, which limits your insulin levels in a positive manner.

4) Stick to complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal, rice and beans, and yams, for your carbohydrate sources. These complex carbohydrates break down more slowly than simple carbohydrates such as sugar and flour-containing foods. By choosing complex carbs, it is easier to keep your blood sugar levels more stable and avoid creating spikes in insulin, which can create unwanted fat storage.

5) If you’re trying to stay lean at the same time as building muscle, try keeping your carb intake in the range of 2-2.5 grams of carbs for each gram of protein you consume. For example if you eat 40g of protein at a meal, you would consume 80-100 grams of complex carbs with it.

I hope that these suggestions will provide an idea of how many carbs you should consume when you’re trying to build muscle and burn fat at the same time.

I’m Lee Labrada, your lean body coach, stay lean and stay strong.

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  • Great advice champ

  • Good post Lee!

  • Lee isn't having 80 carbs 40 grams of protein a lot of calories @ one meal ? I didn't even include the fat grams which is more than double the carbs or protein . Especially if ones eating 5 or 6 times a day thanks

  • Superb……

  • Kudos ! Always look forward to your vids …

  • brain also runs on ketones….

  • Can you explain the difference between amino acids and protein? also the significance of branch chain amino acids? The best time to ingest each would also be helpful. Thanks for the great info you put out.

  • Great as always Lee!!:) I still remember the first time I saw you on a cover of swedish magazine  B&K Sportsmagazine. It was a photoshoot taken around 1989-90 in Helsinki Finland at the harbour. Totally awesome!! Thanx for the inspiration and take care:) //Peter

  • I have never been as lean as when I followed your get lean diet at age 37. I'm now 54 and my body fat is higher and carb intake lower. When I ate carbs with every meal, I was hungrier. Now that I don't it feels my metabolism is slower. I thought it might be just age but I'm thinking that I need to return to the original diet. Thanks for the videos

  • Hi,
    Lee,
    I'm following 12 week lean body programe.
    I lost 5 kgs in first 4 weeks.
    But my body has now stopped losing further.
    What is the reason behind? 

    Regards,
    Umer Khan (Pakistan)

  • great explanation easy to understand

  • just wondering lee is this for natural or enhanced bodybuilders ? would really appreciate a reply , keep up the good work 🙂

  • hey lee thanks for the video , i am 7% body fat , did a big mistake by keep on low carbs diet which is really doesn't work for me to reach my target of 4% body fat , what shall i do , im 511 , 173 pounds , 36 years old , thanks

  • Great post Lee.Greetings from Greece!!!!

  • Hi Lee, I'm currently concluding the 1st week of your 12 week lean body program. I'm 211 lb male, 35, with about 22% body fat. I'm trying to burn the fat but I also want to increase muscle to have that nice shredded hard look instead of skinny fat. should I increase my carb intake of 40 for protein and 80 for carbs?

  • Fibre and health

  • man ur best👈💪