So while opening my 5th tub of Biotest leucine since the product came out, I started thinking about its effects and how I feel when I take it.
The first tub was exactly how it was described. My weight increased slightly without much change to diet, I was able to eat more junk food without any fat increases, and I had intense pumps in the gym (especially in my biceps, triceps, and forearms).
With the second tub, I focused on taking in a load of extra calories and I about 8 pounds in a pretty short amount of time. Some was fat, of course.
The third (and fourth?) tub, I didn’t really focus on increasing calories. My strength increased, weight stayed the same, and bodyfat slightly decreased. Overall, nothing amazing or different than what would usually happen if I had not been consuming leucine (about 4 5g doses, 20g/day).
Basically, I’m wondering if your body can become used to the increased amount of leucine and proceed to operate as normal, not rapidly increasing protein synthesis like it did initially.
Also, I’ve read in several places that the body can also get used to the large protein intakes most of us eat.
Any thoughts? Does anyone here consume less protein for a while on purpose, in order to increase their sensitivity to a large protein intake at a later time? Would it be smart to stop consuming extra leucine and large amounts of protein for a week or two every couple months?
(ABCD diet nostalgia for maybe some you?)
It makes sense, but I’ve never really seen anyone do it.