One of my stubborn spots with regard to losing fat, even when I get quite lean and have a solid 4-pack bordering on 6, is my lower ab area. Even at a pretty darn low BF, I still have a slight protrusion of fat there. Charles Poliquin has said that a predisposition for lower ab fat is often a result of high cortisol levels (which are most often found in people in the northeastern U.S., like me in NYC).
In an effort to battle cortisol I was thinking of supplementing with phosphatydlserine. Has anyone tried this? Worthwhile or worthless? If worthwhile, do you have any idea what dosage is optimal?
Thanks very much. I searched this site and found an article by Chris Lockwood from a few months back in which he recommends 800 mg but only taken several hours (?) after working out. He says to definately NOT take it pre-workout. I know that Thib also recommends 800 mg post-workout.
If I were to take around 1,600 mg per day, do you have any recommendations regarding how I should time it (both on workout days and non-workout days)? (BTW, my workouts are always in the evening).
1600mg is the double dose, because most recommendations are for 800mg (based on studies using people with less muscle mass).
I'd use a double dose because you're sure to see an effect with it after 2 weeks (in Damici's case, or caladin if in the same situation), if you're ever going to see one. If there's no effect then you can be sure that it is the supplement and not the dosage.
It's about as good of a control as we can get with ourselves.
Here's the link: http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=778056 . In short, Chris Lockwood says that PS can be useful for someone for whom cortisol might be too high, but says that the reason it shouldn't be taken pre-workout is because the rising of cortisol levels due to exercise is what signals the body's anabolic response to kick into gear . . . .
"To set the record straight, the cortisol response to training is quite possibly the MOST important factor contributing to the anabolic response to your training. In other words, the greater the muscle damage, the greater the cortisol response?and, subsequently, the greater the body's anabolic response and muscle building potential."
(He of course goes into more detail if you read the whole article).
Just received my order of PS today. Any thoughts on when I should time the dose (or doses) if taking 1,600 mg per day? I work out in the evening (and have capsules that are 550 mg each). I was thinking of taking one capsule early in the day (post-breakfast) and the other 2 an hour or so after working out. Any thoughts on that, given Lockwood's article? Thanks.