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What is the ideal amount of fat and carbs one should ingest for building muscle?

At least enough to not die, and extreme carbohydrate restriction is probably not great for gainz. As long as you are getting adequate fat to support basic bodily functions, your carbohydrate and fat ...
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Can muscle glycogen be fully replenished with any food source that contains glucose?

Yes, it's a process called glycogenesis. Your larger issue is simply about calories. While your body can produce glycogen from spinach (as an example), there's only 105 calories in a pound of spinach. ...
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Do I really need to track my carbs and fat if I'm hitting my daily calorie and protein numbers?

No you don't. It won't affect body composition in any serious fashion.
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Do I really need to track my carbs and fat if I'm hitting my daily calorie and protein numbers?

None of this is necessary. Plenty of people just "eat food, a lot of it, mostly protein" (to repurpose Michael Pollan) and find that plenty to fuel a heavy lifting regimen or strength & ...
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How do I determine the minimal bounds of reasonable caloric intake during endurance (cycling) workouts?

If you consume adequate carbohydrate (8-12 grams per kilogram of body mass per day is currently recommended, but studies have found that professional athletes often consume as little as 4.5-6 grams ...
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getting more carbs in liquid form

I know that just drinking soda or juice is not a suitable way to get carbs since the lack of fiber will cause the sugar to be stored as fat. I'm not sure where that came from. Fiber can't be digested ...
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What are the consequences of just eating sandwiches for breakfast and lunch?

Jam, chocolate (candy), syrup, and sugar cereal (most) in significant daily quantities may ultimately increase your insulin resistance and thus risk of diabetes and other health conditions along with ...
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Calories vs Carbs

Physics dictates that if the energy you take in is less than your 'energy out', you will lose weight. You can lose weight eating 100% french fries, as long as your energy expenditure is greater than ...
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Is having pure sugar during a workout a bad idea?

The health aspect of the question would get a better response in the Health.SE site. Is it a good idea for a workout? Pretty much every single "energy supplement" uses pure sugar as its base. They ...
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What do I have to eat immediately after workout?

Let's make this clear and net. First of all you can also avoid eating just after a workout if you're not hungry ( it's relly common ); just wait an hour or two maybe and then eat, unless you have a ...
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How long before carbs wear off?

As the comments hit on, you could take this question various ways. I'm also going to have to dive deep in my brain back to my exercise physiology classes, but I think I can give something relevant ...
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Can muscle glycogen be fully replenished with any food source that contains glucose?

In theory, provided you consume enough of something containing carbohydrates then yes, you can replenish muscle glycogen eventually. It's a little more complicated than that in practice. For ...
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If I eat carbohydrates in place of sugar, will I lose weight?

I think the question you really wanted to ask is: Is it healthier to eat starch-based carbohydrates instead of sugar-based carbohydrates? A good question, because sugar is not equals sugar. Common ...
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How do I determine the minimal bounds of reasonable caloric intake during endurance (cycling) workouts?

From the British Cycling website: Carbohydrates need to be consumed early, in small amounts and frequently. Thirty minutes into a ride might seem too early but you are not eating for that moment, but ...
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getting more carbs in liquid form

If you're specifically looking for a liquid carbohydrate solution there are products on the market specifically made for this. You can simply search for carbohydrate supplement to find a product that ...
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Losing body fat, carbs, diet and everything

Well carbs are only the enemies if you are not burning them off. Carbs actually are what provide your cells with the energy required to workout. So for the people involved in very high intensity ...
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Can muscle glycogen be fully replenished with any food source that contains glucose?

By long distance walking plus callisthenics, you could burn ~5,000 calories per day. To prevent glycogen breakdown (and consequently ketosis), you would probably need to consume at least 10-15% of ...
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Carb intake when following an exercise plan?

The answer is... it depends. The little to no carb approach you mention is known as ketosis after the ketones produced by the liver when the body utilises fat stores for energy instead of ...
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Why does sugar get such a bad rap for being empty calories while other carbs don't?

I think it's just based off reputation. "Empty calories" basically means just "all of the calories with none of the benefit". So in the case of simple sugars, they're more associated with candy. Pop ...
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Why does sugar get such a bad rap for being empty calories while other carbs don't?

It all comes down to the speed at which your body can process the sugar. Simple sugars make it into you blood stream very quickly and so you should avoid them unless you are exercising while consuming ...
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Why do carbs make you lose focus during your workout?

As Pulaski stated he feels better training without carbs before his workout. As a number of studies have proven that when you eat carbs, protein and fats does not significantly effect your gains. So ...
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How many carbs before a run?

You should get at least half of your energy needs from carbs. This will build up large stores of glucose in your liver and muscles, allowing you to exercise on any time of the day. What matters is ...
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What do I have to eat immediately after workout?

Just after finishing a weight workout, you can eat whatever you like, not eat, snack, you name it. As long as you are meeting your overall calorie ratios and goals for the day, force type workouts don'...
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What do I have to eat immediately after workout?

In general just eat more calories than you're burning while working out and you'll notice yourself gaining muscle mass. That's the simplest form which you should follow. Timing your intake of food ...
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I tried a new diet and I think my blood sugar is too low, do I need more carbs?

You do need to regain that lost lean mass and better to remake it from proteins than carbs. I'd stick to the diet, but gain calories from proteins like lentils and nuts(which also have fat so be ...
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I tried a new diet and I think my blood sugar is too low, do I need more carbs?

Significant diet changes often have a transition period while your system adapts, so I wouldn't immediately panic. On the other hand, without a lot of detail in your post, it seems to me your fat ...
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