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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Okay, now it’s time to get real and answer honestly the following key questions...
Do you feel that your current diet gives you all the energy you need to make it through the day ?
Do you always feel strong and motivated during your workouts ?
Do you rarely feel overtrained ?
Are you happy with your current level of muscle growth ?
If you answered yes to all these questions, congratulations you are either an amazing specimen of physical perfection....or an excellent liar!
Truth be told, most of us are never truly happy with our level of performance all the time. There are always days when we feel a little ‘out of it’ or phases when muscle growth is as slow as a tortoise on Valium.
So, is there a way to kick things up a notch? There sure is, and all it takes is a little more understanding of how your unique metabolism functions. So let’s start with a closer look at :
Each one of us is unique in the way we process nutrients - even supplements ‘kick-in’ faster in some people. This is why there is not one universal weight loss system that works for everyone who tries it - with the exception of the basic eat less and exercise more (although even that has a sticking point after a period of time).
By understanding how your body processes nutrients you can make significant improvements not only to your exercise performance but to your general sense of well-being.
There are generally three metabolic turnover types :
But, how do you know which category you fall under? Well, there has been much written under the subject and many labels given to the individual categories and body types. Most demand that you answer detailed questionnaires and, due to the fact that most people second guess their answers (or fail to tell the real truth) they can give false results. The simplest test to determine your metabolic turnover rate is the Niacin Test. All you do is take 50mg of Niacin (vitamin B3). If you get an immediate ‘flushing sensation’ you are most likely in possession of a Rapid Metabolic Turnover rate. A moderate rate of flushing means you have an Even Metabolic Turnover Rate. If your flush reaction is significantly delayed or fails to arrive at all then you can pretty much call yourself the owner of a Slow Metabolic Turnover.
You can also get a fair idea of these rates by using the latest fat burners and energy products and determining how long it takes them to 'kick-in'. Your reaction to caffeine is another marker on your metabolic turnover. If it makes you nauseous or shaky then you are more than likely in possession of a Rapid Metabolic Turnover rate. If it has little real effect then you probably have an Even Metabolic Turnover, and if it makes you feel totally focused and great then your Metabolic Turnover is probably Slow. Finally, your digestive system is also a good guide to your Turnover Type.
If you tend to suffer from frequent constipation you fall under the Slow category. No stomach problems? Then you have an Even Turnover. Whereas if you frequently suffer from Diarrhea then you probably have a Rapid Turnover Rate.
So, now you have identified your own unique Metabolic Turnover Rate, the time has come to give yourself a :
As we have discussed, there are generally three different types when it comes to the issue of nutrient metabolism and each type holds a unique response to food and supplements when administered during the course of a day. There are also specific foods which should be limited or avoided by certain metabolic types and specific foods which should be included in order to achieve smooth running of the physical machine. Let’s begin by focusing on the needs of the athlete with the:
SLOW METABOLIC TURNOVER
Due to the fact that Slow Turnover types utilize the nutrients in their food slowly, the release of glucose from carbohydrate foods into the bloodstream is delayed. This slows down the whole process of energy production. Now you would think that the solution in this case would be to reduce total carbohydrate content....wrong! The opposite is in fact the case. Those individuals in possession of slow turnover metabolisms should actually consume a diet higher in carbs, since protein and fat slow down the rate of nutrient absorption and therefore reduce energy production even further. An ideal ratio in this case would be 60% percent carbs, 25% protein and 15% fat.
However, it doesn’t stop there! There are also specific types of proteins, fats and carbs you should base your diet around and ones which you are advised to limit.
For example, proteins should be primarily lean meats, fish, low fat dairy products and egg whites. Carbohydrates should be primarily complex and fats are best sourced from nuts, seeds (raw and unsalted) vegetable and nut oils (e.g. almond, flaxseed. coconut, olive and sunflower).
EVEN METABOLIC TURNOVER
If you have an even metabolic turnover you are probably one of the lucky ones!
This is due to the fact that your dietary needs are probably one of the easiest to follow.
Your diet should consist of 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat. Protein sources are less restricted on this diet and you can pretty much consume whatever takes your fancy. Carbohydrates should be primarily complex (no refined sugars, processed grains or soda) with more emphasis on fruits and vegetables. Grains such as brown rice, couscous, oats, spelt, barley, rye and corn should be eaten in moderation. Fats should come from natural oils and fats and do not need to be as restricted as those for the slow metabolic turnover types. It is still recommended to focus your fat intake on nut and seed oils but small amounts of butter and cream can be added on this diet- just make sure you stay in the 30% range. For those individuals with an even metabolic turnover it is also advisable to ensure that all meals contain the specified nutrient ratios (i.e. 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat) and that meals made up of just one micronutrient are avoided. Overcooked animal products and foods high on the glycemic index should also be avoided.
FAST METABOLIC TURNOVER
If you are in possession of a Fast Metabolic Turnover your diet needs to be focused on higher levels of protein and fat with less emphasis on carbohydrates. Every meal should have a protein content and the ideal nutrient ratio to strive for is 20 %carbs, 50% protein and 30% fat.
This doesn’t mean that you can consume proteins of all types with little regard to their source. However, the interesting thing for ‘Fast’ types is that they actually need fattier proteins since they help to slow down the metabolic turnover rate to make for more even absorption of nutrients. This doesn’t mean they can reject chicken and fish completely though, just that they should focus more of their attention on fatty fish, beef, dark meat chicken, dark meat turkey, eggs and cheese.
Carbohydrates to avoid are simple carbs since they convert quickly to sugar in the bloodstream. Complex carbs are best and should come from low starch vegetables (e.g. asparagus, spinach, cauliflower) limited fruits, sprouted grain bread (such as Ezekiel bread found in most health stores) and legumes.
Fats should come primarily from nuts and seeds, butter, cream, flaxseed oil,walnut oil, almond oil and coconut oil.
The main thing to remember for Fast Turnover types is to avoid eating a meal which is composed mainly of carbohydrates and make sure that the carbs you do take in are low on the glycemic index. Caffeine should also be restricted since it causes your adrenal glands to release adrenaline into your blood stream way too quickly. This in turn gives you a quick boost but, once the caffeine leaves your system, your poor adrenal glands are worn out from all the extra activity and you are left feeling weak and tired. Caffeine also kicks up your metabolic turnover rate which is what you don’t need!
So there you have it, a quick look at Metabolic Turnover Rates and how you can adjust your macro nutrient levels in order to maximize your energy both in and out of the gym. If, after reading all this you are still not quite sure what category you fall under then I urge you to experiment with each one for a period of a few weeks and see how you feel. When you find the ratio that is compatible with your unique metabolism you will be amazed at the results.
Remember, it is not HOW MUCH protein, fat or carbohydrate you eat on a daily basis that determines how you feel and how you perform in the gym...it is how your body PROCESSES each
nutrient. I know, you've heard it all before...so isn't it time you actually did something about it? Be warned though....it might just change your life!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Anabolic Steroids are derivatives of the male hormone testosterone and, as such, they exert their effects on many testosterone sensitive tissues within the body. This includes reproductive tissues, muscle, bone, hair follicles, liver, kidneys, white and red blood cells and brain. These effects fall under two classifications:
ANABOLIC – Promoting muscle growth
ANDROGENIC – Promoting the development of masculine characteristics
Of primary interest to the athlete of course is the anabolic effect. Testosterone is the primary hormone involved in muscle growth. Put simply, testosterone enters the inside of the muscle cell where it binds with an androgen receptor. It then continues its journey until it reaches the nucleus of the cell. On arrival at this destination the ‘dynamic duo’ turn on or off specific segments within the DNA in order to trigger muscle growth.
In addition to triggering muscle growth, anabolic steroids also prevent muscle breakdown (catabolism) by inhibiting the action of cortisol and other glucocorticoids, which are known for their catabolic effect.
In order to exert maximum effects in the body anabolic steroids need to be chemically altered. When testosterone itself is taken orally it is swiftly broken down and eliminated by enzymes present in the intestines and the liver. In the case of steroids, a process known as 17a-alkylation has structurally altered most oral products, this protects the steroid from being destroyed by these enzymes. This 17a-alkylation, whilst good on paper, does unfortunately result in most oral drugs being harsh on the liver. It also causes negative changes in HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). The advice here would be to ensure that, whilst taking oral steroids, it is wise to include some form of liver protection e.g. milk thistle, dandelion, NAC, Gluthionine.
Oral anabolics are often preferred by drug-tested athletes due to their short clearing time (i.e. the amount of time they are detectable in the system).
In the case of injectable steroids, these are naturally produced androgens (testosterone, nortestosterone, boldenone) bound to a fatty acid by an ester bond at the 17-carbon. This serves, not to protect the substance against enzymes (like the 17a-alkylation) but to increase the amount of time the steroid remains in an oil globule, following injection, before it enters the circulation.
On entering the bloodstream, the fatty acid is split off by enzymes called esterazes. In the case of a long fatty acid this results in a slow release of the steroid over a course of days or weeks.
THE ESTROGEN FACTOR
Many of you will already be familiar with a process known as ‘aromatization’. This is a process by which testosterone is converted into estrogen. Most bodybuilders try to avoid estrogen conversion by taking anti-estrogen drugs such as Arimadex. Arimadex exerts its effect by neutralizing the aromatase enzyme. When you take aromatase out of the equation testosterone can no longer be converted to estrogen. This assists in the reduction of estrogen dependent fat deposition, water retention and gynecomastia (the growth of breast tissue in males)
However, before you go crazy with aromatase inhibitors and anti-estrogens (e.g. Nolvadex) do remember that too little estrogen can slow muscle growth, suppress HDL (good) cholesterol and kill sex drive. Therefore, the key to using these substances is to take them in moderation so that you blunt estrogens effects without removing it completely from your system.
The undisputed fact of the matter is that anabolic steroids are immensely popular with not only professional and recreational athletes, but also those individuals just wishing to improve their performance and overall quality of life. Knowing how they work, how to safely use them and how to protect your health during and after use is vital not only to your success but also to your overall health.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Equipoise is a derivative of testosterone, which exhibits strong anabolic and moderately androgenic properties. In common with all steroids, Equipoise increases red blood cell production, which in turn leads to increases in stamina due to an improvement in oxygen uptake. It is also known to increase vascularity, which makes it a favorite when it comes to contest preparation. However, the downside of its use in pre-contest situations is that it does tend to produce an increased appetite in a high percentage of users.
The good news is that Equipoise produces very little in the way of estrogen related side effects. In fact its actual rate of estrogen conversion is half that of the various testosterones. Of course some sensitive individuals may still experience estrogenic effects (or those using extremely high doses). In this case the addition of Nolvadex should be considered – with Arimadex being a stronger option.
Although it is not known as a rapid mass builder, Equipoise will produce slow but steady gains in strength and quality muscle. Due to this slow and steady result pattern, Equipoise is most commonly used for longer cycles of at least ten weeks. This would ensure solid muscle gains with very low water retention. Gains with Equipoise are also easily maintained following use since size increases are not due to water weight.
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF EQUIPOISE
Equipoise is an extremely versatile drug and, as such, combines very well with other steroids. An example of a great mass building stack would be 300-400mg/week of Equipoise with 500mg of Sustanon or Testosterone Enthanate. For mass building purposes it can also be effectively stacked with Anadrol. This would result in significant gains in strength and mass without the additional side effects that would result from using the androgen alone.
In terms of its use as part of a steroids cutting cycle, Equipoise combines very well with non-aromatizable steroids such as Trenbolone acetate or Winstrol. However, even the extremely low aromatization rate of these substances may be enough to confine usage to bulking cycles only.
As a side note, those who usually favor Deca Durabolin may want to give Equipoise a try since for most people it proves to be stronger as well as safer and less suppressive. I say ‘most people” because there are always going to be individuals who, due to their unique chemistry, may have a different experience with its use.
Side effects from the use of Equipoise are pretty low when it is taken in normal (300-400mg/week) dosages and estrogenic side effects only occur in those who are very susceptible to estrogen. In terms of androgenic side effects, long term or high dose use can result in slight virilizing effects including acne and increased body hair growth. Also worth noting is that Equipoise is not the ideal choice for the drug tested athlete since it has the tendency to produce detectable metabolites in the urine months after use.
The use of 300-400mg/week is normally recommended when it comes to Equipoise use. There have been reports of users ‘front-loading’ it to achieve greater results. This would involve the use of high doses of 600-800mg/week for two weeks and then lowering the dose to 300-400mg/week for the remaining 8-10 weeks.
Women usually find this drug to be fairly safe in terms of virilizing effects as long as dosages are kept at 50-150mg/week.
Testosterone cypionate is the most popular and most used testosterone.
testosterone Cypionate, like testosterone enatanthe, is an oil-dissolved inject-able form of testosterone with strong androgenic and anabolic ef-fects. It
aromatizes quite easily which means that the conversion rate to
estrogen, similar to testosterone enanthate´s, is relatively high. Several athletes
are of the opinion that Testosterone cypionate stores more water in the body than
testosterone enantathe does. The muscle buildup during the applica-tion along with
the inevitable loss of strength and muscle mass af-ter discontinuing
use of one product, are the same with the other. Testosterone cypionate can be combined with many steroids and thus making it an excellent mass steroid. As with testosterone enanthate the dosage range is 250-1000 mg/week
although several athletes inject megadoses (see Testosterone enanthate).
Almost everything written in this book about Testosterone enanthate can
be applied to testosterone cypionate. In our opinion most athletes will not notice a
difference between the two compounds. Testosterone cypionate is one of the drugs which is most frequently faked.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Winstrol (stanozolol) Depot is clearly defined in bodybuilding: preparation for a competi-tion. Together with a calorie-reduced diet which is rich in protein Winstrol Depot gives the muscles a continuously harder appear-ance. Winstrol Depot is usually not used as the only steroid during dieting since, based on its low androgenic component, it does not reliably protect the athlete from losing muscle tissue. The missing, pronounced androgenic effect is often balanced by a combined in-take with Testosterone Propionate
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Monday, October 5, 2009
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Anadrol 50mg 100 tablets
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