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Intra workout nutrition: Is it necessary? The good and the bad.
By Tucker Loken-
PQ: “You may not be able to out-train a bad diet, but you also can’t out-diet a bad training program.”
The practice of intra-workout supplementation with calorie-free amino acids, simple carbs, or quick-digesting protein has some sound logic and proven results behind it. For bodybuilders, the idea is that by taking in sugars, amino acids, and possibly protein while working out you’re constantly feeding your muscles. You’re breaking down muscle fibers and depleting glycogen by lifting weights, but then immediately replenishing glycogen stores and amino acids.
For powerlifters, it can be helpful because it can sustain energy levels during a long workout. Bodybuilding workouts are generally shorter but more frequent each week, and powerlifting sessions are usually on fewer days but much longer sessions. Intra-workout sugar and protein can help when you’re prepping for a meet, and your squat session has taken an hour and a half, and you still have some assistance work to do. These are the positive uses behind it, but where can people go wrong?
One of the biggest problems I’ve seen is people taking in too many calories, or the wrong kind of calories, and doing it unnecessarily. Too many calories from intra-workout supplements can work against you and start stealing your pump. When you’re consuming calories during your workout, your body still has to digest them, which means blood flow is being diverted to your stomach and is being used to digest the food rather than push nutrients into your muscles as you’re lifting. You may not be able to out-train a bad diet, but you also can’t out-diet a bad training program.
The right kind of intra-workout calories matters as well. If you suck down a lot of calories from grape juice and whey protein

 Posted on : May 30, 2017
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