Creatine is often overlooked by endurance athletes. But combining the supplement with carbohydrates might just be the winning combination for late-stage breakaway moments during competition. Because of the heavy physical demands of training and competition, athletes are always on the lookout for nutritional strategies that will increase the pool of energy-giving substrates in their muscles.
If you’ve ever seen cyclists chowing down on pastries or runners inhaling spaghetti, then you’ve noticed their preference for carbs. Sports nutrition has centered on carb-rich diets for decades with the intention of maximizing energy stores.
The actual size of your muscle comes down to a simple equation called “protein turnover,” which is the sum of muscle breakdown and synthesis. When you deprive your body of dietary protein and stop providing a weight-bearing stimulus, you have a negative protein balance, leading to the breakdown of muscle (1).
For athletes on an Isagenix System, two IsaLean® or IsaLean PRO Shakes and the suggested third meal are sometimes not enough to improve performance. If you fall within this category, here are a few tips to keep in mind when making adjustments to your nutrition plan.
While many believe using carbohydrates in the form of sugar is better served for longer-termed endurance exercise, new evidence is showing that enjoying a bit of the sweet stuff can also benefit both short- and long- duration exercise like your average gym workout. Short exercise durations, in theory, shouldn't require large amounts of carbohydrates, whereas long duration exercise, is fueled mostly by fat. So why should you consume sugar at all? The reason is that simple carbohydrates can
We get it. You love IsaLean Pro and IsaPro, but you can’t just rely just on our delicious shakes as your sole source of muscle-building, recovery-boosting protein. You need to combine these products with other protein- and nutrient-rich foods as part of balanced diet. We are often asked what athletes should do for other meals and which foods they should be consuming on a regular basis. Here’s our advice on how to start: First and foremost, you should understand how many total calories
During even a brief period of fasting, your metabolism can rapidly change. For example, let’s look at the macronutrient carbohydrate, like those found in rice, breads, and fruit. The storage form in our bodies, glycogen, generally decreases, which can shift metabolism from burning carbohydrates to burning fat for energy. This occurs in multiple tissues including the one responsible for movement, muscle. Cleanse Days involve fasting to speed up metabolism and aid in fat burning. Now a recent
Many athletes get nervous when the scale goes up a pound the morning after a carbohydrate-rich meal. Those carbohydrates are being stored in muscle along with water. They may seem fattening because with each one gram of carbohydrate stored in your muscle, you also store about three grams of water. When you eat lots of carbs you might gain weight but it is water weight, not body fat. If you are a competitive athlete who works out hard every day, you might have muscles that are carbohydrate