“In a perfect world, bodybuilders & powerlifters seeking to gain solid weight
would like to increase their body mass while not getting fat.”
The most common nutritional strategy for promoting mass gains is over-feeding. This method of gaining size has been shown to be effective, typically 60 to 70% of the weight gain may be fat! We here at the MuscleSports.net just call that being a PIG!
As mentioned above “In a perfect world, bodybuilders & powerlifters seeking to gain weight would like to increase their body mass while not getting fat.” Bodybuilders would increase mass while contest dieting. Powerlifters should be gaining muscle mass while peaking for competition. Well this article was designed with this thought in mind.
While many people take sports nutrition supplements, they often do not completely understand the science and ingredients behind the products. The following outline should help you in making a decision on whether or not this type of supplement is right for you.
Creatine - Creatine is a natural component of muscles and is present as free Creatine and as Creatine phosphate. Creatine phosphate is the primary high-energy fuel of skeletal muscle during high intensity exercise. It has been repeatedly shown that oral supplementation with Creatine can significantly increases performance in high intensity exercise.
Glutamine - Glutamine, you might say, is the ultimate amino acid. Glutamine is one of the most abundant amino adds found in skeletal muscles, serves as fuel for the immune system, provides an anticataboic effect and is involved in protein synthesis. Prolonged high intensity exercise has been shown to decrease glutamine levels. By supplementing glutamine in your diet, you may be able to prevent glutamine loss.
BCAAs - The three Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. BCAAs compose 30-35% of muscle tissue and provide 70% of free nitrogen to the body. They can promote protein synthesis if taken in adequate amounts, and spare the loss of glycogen.
BCAAs make up a large percentage of a persons muscle protein, and therefore are the proteins most depleted during intense training. Consequently, it makes sense to replenish BCAAs as soon as possible after training. Your ideal BCAA supplementation program would include quality protein supplements such as whey protein, which is high in BCAAs, and Meal Replacement Powders (MRPs) that contain a protein blend that is high in BCAAs.
Whey + Egg + Casein = The perfect protein blend for working muscles!
Nitrogen balance is achieved when your body takes in at least as much nitrogen (proteins contain nitrogen) as it eliminates in waste. Workout enthusiasts should strive for a positive balance (taking in more nitrogen than you eliminate).
This combination of proteins is specifically designed to produce a quick rise in amino adds (Whey protein) in addition to providing a slow sustained increase (the egg and casein). It should also be fortified with a complete array of vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates to support overall health. The following MRP's have just that very combination of nutrients to pack on lean mass without the added fat.
Conclusion: Gaining muscle weight is a direct combination of what and when you consume certain nutrients. We hope this shines a little more light on the subject and removes allot more of the confusion.
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