Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A New Look At How We Build Muscle In Our Body

It used to be that the wisdom was for the body to build muscle, you needed to eat lots of protein and carbohydrates because carbs fuel your muscles. According to Ori Hofmekler, author of several nutritional books, the body can still build muscle even when it’s deprived of food.
You might be saying, “Huh, how can it do that?” It turns out that the amino acid leucine in your body can signal genes in your muscle to grow and build protein even during times of food deprivation so long as these amino acids are circulating in your blood stream. To get enough leucine, you need to be eating dairy products especially quality cheese and whey protein. The one draw back is that you’ll need to eat a lot of these leucine containing products to get the quantities of leucine to build muscle. The one exception is whey, which gives you be amount of leucine you need by eating 3 ounces per day.
Another study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise found that eating 20 grams of whey protein 30 minutes before resistance training boosts your body’s metabolism for as much as 24 hours after a workout! This means you’ll burn more calories even when you are doing the same things as someone else during that 24 hour period.
So…a little whey protein a day, keeps those muscles growing.
(Reported Mercola.com June 17, 2011)

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