So I was in my organic chemistry class the other day and my professor said that when you eat protein your stomach, due to acidity, denatures the proteins you eat.
If this is the case, then why do you have people who insist that cooking eggs, as well as other protein sources, is bad because cooking it changes the protein? Is it the same kind of denaturation/change?
On a side note, I do a large amount of competitive cycling. This summer im looking to pick up some weight though, so I asked a dietician if both goals are possible at the same time (to do large amounts of cardio and still pick up lean body mass, not burn fat and build muscle simultaneously).
They said that as long as I cover the amount of calories from cycling and eat enough (caloric excess needed to build muscle and cover the calories used during cycling), that I would be able to do both. Is it possible? Any thoughts?
I am a dietitian myself with an MS pending in nutrition and exercise physiology. Most RDs don’t know shit about body composition, weight training, and sports nutrition, so I hope the one you consult with knows what s/he is talking about.
Of course you can gain SOME muscle while cycling. But don’t plan on gaining the muscle mass of a 225+ powerlifter or successful or elite bodybuilder - people who have the most muscle mass in all of the physically competitive world - if you plan on excelling cycling. Gaining too much weight, fat or muscle, will hurt your performance secondary to increased difficulty in movement and excessive fatigue.
Any endurance athlete should be doing resistance training to improve power and strength and structural balance TO IMPROVE CYCLING… NOT gaining muscle mass for the sake of it. That is, weight training is a tool to increase performance. The sessions are upper- and lower-body or full-body sessions.
Anyway, you can’t burn the candle at both ends, and no one who knows about their chosen sport doesn’t attempt to. Bodybuilding requires 4 to 6 sessions per week in the gym and the aim of getting huge. Endurance sports require 4 to 6 days (and sometimes MORE) sessions per week and the aim of controlling weight for optimal performance.
The reason you have people whining that cooking meat is bad is because they don’t know what they’re talking about and in almost 100 percent of cases, are in no position to tell us about nutrition for optimal health.
Thanks for the info everyone. Im actually in the accelerated masters program for physicians assistant right now and ususally end up sitting in my ochem or micro bio classes wondering about how this applies to building muscle mass or improving endurance. I havnt hit any of the heavy hitter classes yet though, so Im still in the dark with a lot of this stuff.
Again, Im only looking to be about 170, so not too big by anyones standards. My current problem with cycling is that im starting to get pissed about losing the weight I had a couple years ago and am looking to get some of the good weight back. I think Lance Armstrong is like 165. Ill never hit the big time so I figure I might as well get a little bulk and keep enjoying the sport I love in the process. I think gaining some weight will make my overall wattage go up, and give me more power in a sprint situation (besides just asthetic appeal, this is the main carryover to performance).
Would you recommend stopping cycling for about a month to gain some mass before the actual season in my area starts (due to fatigue from deadlifts and squats and such), as to not mix goals and stall both, or just keep plugging away at both and it will happen?[/quote]
Muscle mass will help you in cycling, running, rowing, and swimming - TO A DEGREE. Especially in sprinting.
There are no high ranking, weak, frail sprinters! So you’re right, in sprints, muscle can help - but again, up to a point. If you get too big, it’s a detriment.
I believe stopping cycling for a month is a bad idea. If you want to develop several qualities at once - AND you live a normal life - meaning you don’t have for multiple sessions per day - then you prioritize one and maintain others.
So if muscle mass is your concern, train more with weights (eg, three times per week with more volume) and do whatever you must to maintain your cycling ability. You don’t shit can one or the other. And being that you don’t have enough time, because you’re not an athlete, you don’t hammer both equally.