Here is an extremely interesting topic for many different types of athletes and fitness minded folks out there. So let us discuss.
The Method Behind The Madness
The big idea behind post workout fasting has to do with the following. When you train with heavy weights, attempting to build muscle your body will naturally release growth hormone for a few hours after training. This has a number of benefits from enhanced fat loss, faster recovery from exercise, and muscle growth. The problem is, conventional wisdom has had lifters taking carbohydrates and protein post workout for years, but the issue with this is taking in the carbohydrates post training will actually blunt growth hormone and testosterone post workout, which could actually diminish gains in the long run. So if you are a lifter attempting to get the most bang for your buck from your training it would make logical sense to not immediately take in a meal or protein shake, but to wait a few hours to allow your bodies natural hormones to maximize. The only supplement you may want to take in after a weight training session would be a BCAA supplement with Glutamine to help you take in some essential amino acids post workout, further assisting the recovery process and aiding those hormone levels as well. BCAA’s are rich in Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. These along with Glutamine will help keep cortisol levels reduced, which is the key to keeping Growth Hormone levels up, along with testosterone.
Alright, so it is that time of the year when every gym bro decides to do the “winter bulk” phase. Every time I hear these words it’s like nails on a chalkboard because most average gym goers think the definition of a winter bulking is eat as much as possible and lift. WRONG. Doing this will most likely have you putting on way more body fat than you ever planned on getting, and will even make your body more efficient at storing body fat due to the selection of foods you have been eating.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
When bulking you still need to be giving yourself quality food sources to ensure you are getting enough protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to achieve your desired goals. Unless you have the genetics of a God this is the only true way to keep your physique somewhat together while bulking. Their are some rare cases out there where guys can put on 15-20lb and maintain a good physique, but those are one in a million. So to be sure you are going about things properly, get yourself on a proper meal plan geared toward your fitness goals. Having someone that can break things down and simplify things for you where all you need to do is execute puts you ahead of the curve that the majority of fitness minded people struggle with. In most cases, the average person has the drive and motivation to achieve their goals, the biggest problem I see is their plan is so far off from what they really need, that it’s impossible to get where they want following what they are currently doing. So for this winter season, keep the diet in check and do not use your bulking phase as an excuse to raid the fridge!