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Old 06-05-2014, 05:44 PM   #1
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Hello and good evening,,

I have been thinking of adding carbs to my BCAA's during my workout and haven't seen any negative research articles on-line. I haven't found any clear information on the subject in regards to someone who's dieting down using a traditional BB diet cycling carbs every 5 days.
Any help and advice will be greatly appreciated thanks

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I've used intra carbs in the past when I was training for 2-2.5 hours per session. I'd throw a few granola bars in my bag and gnaw on them between sets. I found it really helped my energy when I got to that 2 hour point.

I'd say give it a try, but only if you feel like you're losing your energy before you're done with what you want to do in the gym.
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I like the feeling that added carbs give me during my training. I personally use 1/2 scoop of strawberry Karbolyn prework and 1/2 scoop mixed in my bcaas to sip intra. Great energy and also good fullness to my muscles and really not all that much carbs to worry about if cycling. It gets burned off during training anyway.
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You could always snack on some dried fruit of some sort. I've seen competitive physique athletes do that at my gym before.

You probably won't really need them unless you're training for a really long time like Soldier stated. It can't hurt, though.
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Thank you guys ,, I normally train for 1.5 hours full upper body session day followed by lower body session. I'm hesitant to try it because I was very over weight at 235 pounds and now being 168 and happily moving along I don't want to screw it up. From what I have been reading I like the potential of the extra energy and fullness during the training, I just don't know what base line to start at ,... 20g ,, 30g ??
Guess I'll start low and log it for two weeks.

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If you're working out for 1.5 hours, it is doubtful that consuming carbs during a workout will do you any good. By the time they are digested, you’ll be done lifting. It is only those who exercise for several hours (like marathon runners or triathletes), that need to consume carbs during a workout. And if you’re trying to lose weight, then you’ll be consuming extra calories for no reason.

But if you’re going to try it, make it something easy to digest. Someone mentioned dried fruit; that would be good, or some kind of liquid nutrition. A while back, I tried adding maltodextrin to my workout water, but it just made me upset in the stomach, with no benefit.
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If you're working out for 1.5 hours, it is doubtful that consuming carbs during a workout will do you any good. By the time they are digested, you’ll be done lifting. It is only those who exercise for several hours (like marathon runners or triathletes), that need to consume carbs during a workout. And if you’re trying to lose weight, then you’ll be consuming extra calories for no reason.

But if you’re going to try it, make it something easy to digest. Someone mentioned dried fruit; that would be good, or some kind of liquid nutrition. A while back, I tried adding maltodextrin to my workout water, but it just made me upset in the stomach, with no benefit.
Thank You GZeolla ,,

I have been reading a lot on the topic and asked a one of the nutritional reps at the health food store for her advice. She basically said that even though I am cycling my carbs and that my breakfast is protein and fat the best carb to drink in the gym with my BCAA"s is a waxy maize. Her explanation was pretty simple in that it passes through the gut very quick and will definitely help with energy and it will help draw the nutrients into the muscle. She did also mention I should get a decent pump and mentioned that its important for your blood glucose levels remain stable for your entire workout so your body stays out of fat storing mode.

I'll give it a go tomorrow with 20g added to my BCAA's, should be entertaining its leg day !!!


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