Body training might be a cloistered subculture, but the fact that a man in pursuit of fitness is bombarded with thousands and thousands of exercise
and nutritional tips makes the rituals very complicated and vague.
Advertisements and articles, with their posing daises, are often more graphic than informative. These articles tend to use evasive maneuvers to project myths that are inconsistent with not only modern research but are misleading as well. So, let us see what exactly logic has to say about engineering a perfect body.
Myth 1: Everything That Tastes Good Is Bad, Sugar Kills Muscles!
It is a familiar concept that sugar intake of any kind is criminal when you are looking to bolster the muscle mass. Well, of course eating loads of Toblerones and M&Ms, or grabbing a BigMac every time you see the yellow M is not healthy, but sugar intake at the right time is crucial to develop the muscular system. Research by an American university suggests:
"By spiking insulin
at a time when you want it spiked, it won’t convert sugar into fat, but instead, it’ll drive that sugar into muscle cells along with amino acids, which build more muscle. And insulin will turn on the process of protein synthesis, which is how muscles grow."
Your body can convert glucose to proteins or fats, depending upon the circumstances. Now, if you take in sugar after a workout session, it is the best thing you can do to yourself because it stimulates your islets of Langerhans to produce insulin, which increases the absorption of glucose into the muscles. It will not only increase your energy levels because of improved mitochondrial function but will also provide muscles the energy they require to develop. The inter-conversion of glucose into proteins by the cell organelles is the reason muscles cells repair themselves and then increase in quantity, which will result in increased muscle mass. On the other hand, if you deprive yourself of sugar when you need it, it results in low energy levels and weak muscle growth.
Myth 2: Proteins all the Way!
While it may sound logical that muscles are made up of proteins, so taking in high amounts of protein will only find its way somewhere in the body to increase your muscle mass, it is not accurate and contrary to scientific knowledge.
There is absolutely no doubt that you have to increase protein intake to boost your body, but even too much of protein is harmful
and can cause conditions that qualify for LTD
. If you take in taking more protein than you are processing, it only ends up in products that could be even converted into fat. The human body has a central metabolism organ called the liver, which makes sure things remain in balance. Now the liver has a process known as ‘deamination’ in which it converts excess amino acids (the end-product of protein digestion) into glucose, which in turn is converted in glycogen. It could also possibly end up as fats. So, make sure you ingest 1-1.5 g of protein daily for every pound of your bodyweight and not more, because it would be counterproductive. Also, remember to take sufficient amounts of Vitamins and Calcium because they are necessary components of a healthy intake.