[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
…@Stu I don’t know if you litterally mean cramping, but either way, if you’re dieting, you could probably use the following suggestion that I picked up from Bill Roberts. You could try adding 2 grams supplemental potassium to your diet… not pills (as they will give you a gut ache), but add 2 grams of salt substitute (which is potassium chloride) to a jug of water and sip that throughout the day. I got this suggestion from Bill Roberts and I’ve been doing it and feel great! I think it really is noticable as far as recovery, in that I have zero cramping that I usually get when I cut the calories. You can get potasium from the grovery store in the spice isle (it’s a salt substitute).
More info on the thread here (if your interested): http://tnation.tmuscle.com/free_online_forum/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_anaconda/intensified_lilquid_flavoring_in_water?pageNo=0#3624371
Interesting. I’ve never been one to play around with (or even use!) salt, what’s the basic rationale behind this approach? I do carry a jug o’ water with me throughout the day (spiked with Mag10, last year I used BCAAs), which helps a bit. I’ve also had moments where I’ve just thrown down a handful of Flameouts, hoping the fats will quell my stomach a bit. Obviously I’m not expecting miracles, going from eating over 4K cals a day to a contest diet, but the green veggies and I have become very close these last couple of months -lol.
The basic rationale is to get the general potassium you’re losing from the decrease in calories. Although if your green vegs are significantly higher than usual you may not have to worry, but with the fact that you may have cut most of your fruit (think bananas, baked potatoes, and milk, etc - foods you typically cut out when dieting hard) plus with the add’l sweating and exercising you may well be in need of the additional potassium. Bill’s suggests that 2 grams can’t possibly hurt, and I tend to agree. It’s kind of like what a multivitamin or supplemental vitamin D does - it covers your bases, but it won’t hurt you if you keep things reasonable. If you don’t cover your K+ bases you will suffer some ill effects that IMO will hinder your recovery, sleep, etc. I almost always get (feet) cramps when I diet (without K+) though now when i take the K+ I don’t get them. (I think) The RDA for potassium is like 4,000-5,000 mg (although RDA is not the same as for optimal performance) and most people get about half of this, esp when dieting. Now consider that you’re cutting and you can really start to notice some ill effects. You can either get the Lite Salt (sodium chloride) or whatever it’s called or get a bulk Potassium supplemnt on the internet (just google it and I think a site called pure bulk shows up - they sell a few forms. I’m on my first kilo of potassium citrate and it’s pretty cheap and seems to work fine. It’s only 32% elemental K+ though so you have to take 6 grams of it to get ~2 grams of K+ – be sure to use a small scale though because the crystals are much more dense than creatine or protein poweder, so a 5 grams creatine scoop will yeild close to 22 grams of Potassium citrate or 7 grams of elemental K+ which is way too much. You need ~6 grams of potassium citrate to yeild 2 grams elemental K+.