I know when I lived at the OTC, the resident nutritionist was always complaining that I wasn't getting enough carbohydrate. I can't recall the exact recomendation from her, but I believe it was around 50-60%.
The whole key here is finding a way of losing bodyfat/weight while preferably gaining strength. An intake of 50-60% carbohydrate will probably not accomplish this goal for most weightlifters. So arguing over the best type of nutrition program for a weightlifter isn't answering the question of this thread.
Jalaine wrote "I would love to see the studies you have showing the degree to which weightlifting depletes muscle glycogen. To my knowledge, the studies done on high intensity sports were for sports like basketball, not weightlifting. But I have an open mind. "
One detailed review of the published science on the subject of the efficacy of carbohydrate supplementation in resistance training (and they mean weightlifting and similar strength training) is Haff et al, Carbohydrate Supplementation and Resistance Training, 17 J. Strength & Cond. Research 187-96. As I read it, its supportive of carb supplementation in conjunction with a balanced diet, particularly in periods of high volume training (hypertrophy phases, for example). Nothing in it implies that that's to the detriment of adequate amino acid intake, of course -- you have to feed the beast everything it needs to adapt to stress and come back for more, whatever that may be in the individual's case.
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