To Combat Cortisol and Glycogen Depletion
A lot of bodybuilders tell me they have an intense desire to slap on as
much muscle as they can, but sometimes I have to wonder if they really
mean it. After all, they don't want to do the little things that can have a
big impact on muscle gains. They say, "I don't have time" or "That's too
much work." It all comes down to how bad you really want to put on
muscle. So you don't make the same mistake as some of these other
bodybuilders, I'm going to share a mistake I see a lot of them making
when trying to put on muscle mass. It's this:
They are not paying enough attention to their post workout meal!
I know you've heard the importance of taking a post-workout meal
before, but not the way I'm talking about. Most "experts" say, "as long
as you take a meal containing carbohydrates and protein within 90
minutes after your workout you'll be using this "window of opportunity"
for muscle growth." I say, "Why in the hell would you wait so long for
the most critical time of your recovery, for muscle growth." Cortisol is
rapidly rising right after the workout and if you don't do something to
put a stop to it, it's going to eat away at your muscle gains.
To stop cortisol from rising you should take your post workout shake
immediately after your workout. Premix if you can and bring it to the
gym with you. The bare minimum in your post workout shake should a
be high glycemic carbohydrate supplement and protein. Why high glycemic?
Actually there are two reasons: the first is, scientists have figured
out insulin and cortisol are antagonistic, meaning when your insulin
levels are high cortisol is driven out of your body. This tilts your
testosterone to cortisol ratio in favor of testosterone.
The second is glycogen depletion after a workout. If you've properly
done a hard enough workout, your muscles will be depleted of
carbohydrates, because you used them up during your workout.
Your muscles are literally screaming for some more carbohydrates
right after the workout. They will quickly absorb the carbohydrates,
so it is important to get them into your body as soon as possible.
While your body is in this quick uptake mode, you can use the
carbohydrates to shuttle other "anabolic" nutrients into your
body. The applications are unlimited! But, first you have to
become a post workout fanatic and take it in as soon as
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