[quote]RIT Jared wrote:
I guess it largely depends on whether or not he’s on a ketogenic diet. I remember reading the Double-Dose Surge article and if I’m not mistaken most of the participants were trying to gain weight, except for one, who admittedly said that his weight loss slowed while doing the Double Dose project.
“Optimal” workout nutrition is largely dependent on goals, and when my goal is losing as much fat as possible in as little time as possible, I’ll replace the sugary carbs (and extra calories) for BCAAs and glutamine, a la Christian Thibadeau’s approach. [/quote]
Here is what I want to know though, and this is what I alluded to in the other post.
When most people replace something such as Surge with BCAAs/Glutamine/Glycine (which do contain calories, though most people don’t count them) the end result is not only a reduction in carb/sugar intake, but also a reduction in total calories for the day.
Now, assuming two isocaloric diets are used, one utilizing a post-workout recovery shake such as Surge (Diet-A) and one using an amino-acid post workout protocol (Diet-B), which diet would lead to overall greater retention of muscle mass, maintenance of energy and gym performance, and rate of fat loss?
Would consuming Surge post-workout, in a hypocaloric environment, alter substrate utilization for energy production to an extent that would result in slower fat loss?
Again, this question is asked in the context the the two diets contain:
1)the same total number of calories
2)high fat, moderate protein intake, and otherwise low carb intake except for Diet-A’s post-workout Surge.
Ultimately, I’m thinking this is largely based on the individual’s biochemistry and body composition, thus their carb tolerance, protein turnover rates, etc etc. Like as has been espoused, it is recommended that leaner individuals utilize something such as Surge, while those who are higher than 12% (I think) are generally recommended to go with the Whey/Glycine/Leucine/Glutamine combo.
Has anyone ever been precise enough to compare these two approaches under these conditions? For the record, I am nixing my Surge for now, but am also being stricter about adhering to a set calorie intake as well.
We shall see how it goes.