I was initially going to post this in the supplements and nutrition section, however I feel like this section is more frequently viewed by people I think may have good answers to my questions. I was hoping for responses from guys who are currently in contest prep or have been in contest prep i.e. Stu, Dirty Gerdy, as well as the monsters here like X, CC etc you get the idea.
I realize that the concepts of losing and gaining are very simple. They are based on the law of thermodynamics, most of us understand this. Over the course of the years I have been training and playing with nutrition though, I have never had a few simple questions answered which may in and of themselves not be pertinent to the majority of you, but I feel are pertinent, even if only slightly.
My questions mostly pertain to leaning out;
When performing fasted cardio in the morning, is fat loss hindered at all when consuming protein before the act? Does the form of protein matter? I’m aware that some proteins such as whey will actually raise insulin levels as an inherent attribute of themselves. If they do hinder fat loss, to what degree and will the muscle loss protection you gain, outweigh the loss of fat burned?
Same question as above pertaining to HIIT performed after a lifting session.
When in a deficit of calories, I’m sure most of you have experienced a loss in strength, as well in size. Many times this is attributed to depleted glycogen but can you definatively say that it is loss of glycogen and not loss of muscle? Is there a way to determine which is happening? At times it also appears as though subcutaneous fat is being gained but when slightly raising carbs and calories in response to that, this effect diminishes. Were glycogen stores simply replenished, increasing muscle size, decreasing the appearance of subcutaneous fat stores? Was my metabolism stalled out and simply needed a jump, allowing me to go back into a deficit in the near future to continue to lean out?
I was also curious as to what has worked best for all of you as tools and methods to reaching your goals of getting lean after you have reached a size you see as reasonable for the time being. I find putting on size relatively straight forward although I’m not a hulking monster like some on here. Something about getting extremely lean however seems a bit more technical and complex. What are some subtleties many of you have had success with that you feel many people aren’t aware of? Thanks for reading guys and thanks for the responses.