Lean Muscles Formula

Most people are realised that their eating habits and diet play a major role in the way they look and feel. Most, however do not realize just how powerful a force "food" can be. Minor changes in the foods we eat can have a huge impact on our bodies. Food (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) controls and regulates every hormone and function of the body. Lean mass equation   45 % carbohydrates, 35% proteins and 20% fats from select sources is designed to create the ideal metabolic   and   hormonal environment for maximum muscle building, fat burning and endurance.

The 45/35/20 ration is "the lean mass equation" this ratio of nutrients is based on extensive research and scientific scrutiny of the performance nutrition field, as well as documented experiences with the precise nutrition of body needs to function at its best. Because lets face it, if you work out, your nutritional requirement exceeds those of the average person. Without the proper nutrition, you will never get the full benefit from your training efforts. The reason why the most people never reach their full potential is not from lack of effort in dieting or training, it's from lack of proper nutrition.

Carbohydrates:(45 %)

Many of you may be struggling to believe that you can get lean with 45 % of your calories coming from carbs. You will soon find out how it's possible by choosing the right carbohydrate sources. Before we get into choosing sources, however, let's first discuss how critical carbs really are, and how you absolutely need them to increase strength, muscle growth and performance. Carbohydrates are the most efficient nutrient source for the body's energy requirements, because they are more easily converted to glucose than are proteins and fats. Glucose (the basic carbohydrates unit) is used by every cell in the body for energy. Some of it is carried around in your bloodstream to supply your brain and other organs, but most of it is stored as glycogen (the stored form of glucose) in the liver and skeletal muscle. When blood sugar levels are too low, glycogen serves as a reserve for the body to meet its energy needs.

When you exercise, your body obviously burns more energy, and the body's need for blood glucose increases. Your body taps into the muscles glycogen reserves to meet these energy demands. Glycogen is first derived from the carbohydrates you are eating. So, if you are not consuming the optimal amount of carbohydrates, you are not going to have enough glycogen to perform optimally. This carbohydrates deficiency will negatively impact your training capacity. The bottom line is, without sufficient carbs, you will be physically incapable of pushing up extra weight for extra reps- it is that simple.

LOW CARBS DIETS....

BURNING FAT AT THE EXPENSE OF MUSCLE....

The huge media focus on low carb diets may have led you to believe that "the low carbs lifestyle" is the proper way to get a lean, muscular physique. The truth is, carbohydrates are too important nutrient for you to completely restrict from your diet. You will never make the gains in size and strength that you are looking for on a low carbs diet.

True, low carbs diet can be effective in reducing body fat. If you have ever followed a low carbs diet, odds are that you probably did lose some body fat, but you have probably also lost valuable muscles, or at the very least, hindered your ability to gain muscle by restricting carbohydrates. Your energy levels probably suffered as well.

Here's why:

The fundamental theory behind low carbs diets is that by restricting carbohydrates, the body's preferred source of energy, it resorts to stored body fat as an energy source. This is achieved through a process known as ketosis, in which the body breaks down triglycerides to be used as a source of energy. Ketosis is not nearly as efficient as carbohydrates are for energy or glycogen replenishment. It can also result in the body using protein (amino acids) from both food and muscle tissue (gluconeogenesis) for energy. This catabolic process is not desirable because it uses the same precious amino acids you need to build muscle and actually breaks them down instead.

Later, when protein is discussed, you wil learn more about these amino acids and proteins importance. For now, please realise that athelets need adequate protein to support training, muscle growth and recovery. So, having your body cannibalize protein for energy from the foods you eat, or even worse, your "hard earned muscle", is a catastrophic disaster for anyone looking to improve their physique or muscular performance!

Another reason why low carb diets are not conducive to your goals of increasing lean muscle mass is because they virtually shut down insulin production. As you will soon discover, although you should avoid high insulin levels, you do want keep insulin stable, because it's anabolic and helps promote muscle growth.

To be continue.....

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