1) INTRO – DRUG FREE LEAN GAINS: How much have I gained 6 weeks into a new growth phase of training? Is it easier or harder to lose fat versus growing muscle?
2) Listener question: This listener keeps caloric intake low but has 2 “amped” drinks pre-workout to try and compensate lack of energy. Big deal?
*Great question and a serious issue in mainstream fitness right now. “Energy drinks” and “pre workout powders” have become very popular.
-Lack of proper muscle/liver sugar stores due to this listener’s LOW caloric intake needs to be addressed via sport nutrition adjustments. An energy drink can only take you so far, especially prolonged higher intensity activity such as weight training or interval training.
-Caffeine addiction. One of the most abused “drugs” on the planet is caffeine.
-Prolonged abuse of energy drinks/powders can result in our body being less able to produce adrenaline. Stop the supplement = even LOWER energy
3) Part two listener question: What has more of impact on weight gain – Sugar OR Calorie intake?
*The quick response is total calories. Research has shown that even on a HIGH carb diet (high in sugars) subjects can lose total body weight if placed in enough of a caloric deficit. Remember the “Twinkie” diet professor last year who lost weight eating nothing but Twinkies while maintaining a consistent deficit?
*However, regulating BOTH caloric intake and sugar consumption is ideal for various reasons. Insulin resistance is a serious problem that can lead to diabetes II.
Myth buster: Remember, it certainly is NOT crunches that give you a six pack. Regulating calories long term combined with regular exercise does!