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Jon 10-13-2006 08:49 AM

BCAAs, Green Drinks and IF
Based on the fact that I firmly believe in the health benefits, and that it jives with my schedule as a side benefit, I've started implementing 14-18 hour fasts on a daily basis. Mental clarity and energy have gone up, and my lifts continue to increase!

Positive experience aside, I'm curious about your thoughts on BCAAs and green powders (such as Greens+) in general - PWO specifically. I read something from Poliquin a while back touting the benefits of using a green drink PWO to combat the acidosis created by a strenuous workout. Along the lines of Cordain's work on acid/base balance, Poliquin found that the inclusion PWO shifted the body toward an alkaline state, enhanced recovery, and increased LBM. I figured that BCAAs PWO would be valuable given their effect on catabolism and anabolism; increasing the latter and decreasing the former.

I usually eat my first meal between 10a.m.-2p.m., but have to work out much earlier (roughly 7-8) due to my schedule. I figured that I could use the BCAA/Greens combo PWO and then hit the fit later in the day. Not sure if this would be a wise idea though given the fact that the greens does contains some calories, albeit a tiny amount (~35 calories) and BCAAs are insulin secretagogues.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Robb Wolf 10-13-2006 09:50 AM

Both seem like good additions to any program but they are food and if you are really trying to get some milage out of the fast they likely stymie that process. No one knows for sure however.

Scotty Hagnas 10-13-2006 09:50 AM

On a slightly different tangent - you might check out Art Devany's blog - some interesting new stuff on not repleting following exercise and increased gene expression in the muscle.

Steve Shafley 10-16-2006 05:40 AM

My feeling regarding IF protocols, is that one of the important factors is emptying the GI tract and keeping it empty for a certain period of time.

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