Protein intake is absolutely crucial for building muscle mass. It is what muscle tissue is made of. So how can you possibly gain muscle by eating NO protein?
To help answer this question, we need to first look at a training technique known as carbohydrate or carb-loading. Carb-loading is used primarily by endurance athletes to increase glycogen stores in the muscles beyond what the body will normally store. This increased fuel storage equals greater endurance. This phenomenon is known as “supercompensation” and it is very well documented.
The basic technique for carb-loading involves first eliminating carbs from the diet for several days while continuing to train hard. Training is then reduced and the athlete eats large amounts of carbs, in effect “loading” the muscles with glycogen (stored carbohydrates). Since the body has been deprived of carbs, it reacts to the extra carbs by greedily holding onto every last one it can. This technique can result in glycogen stores up to 1 1/2 times greater than normal.
But what does carb-loading have to do with eating no protein and gaining muscle? Everything.
In the context of supercompensation, imagine the result if you were to remove protein from your diet for a day. Just like with carb-loading, your body will react by greedily holding onto every last bit of protein it can. But here’s the major difference: when accompanied by appropriate training, unlike with carb-loading where the extra carbs are burnt for fuel, you can convince your body to hang onto that extra protein permanently. How does this happen? By using it to build muscle, which is the primary storehouse of protein in your body.
How To Do It:
Note: before I tell you exactly how to do it, please keep in mind that I am not a medical doctor or nutritionist. This information is for educational purposes only and you should always consult your physician before making any major changes to your diet.
The technique consists of 3 phases: lead-up, protein deprivation, and supercompensation. These phases work synergistically to produce the conditions for very quick muscle gain.
In a nutshell, the lead-up phase consists of your training and diet for the several days before the protein deprivation day. The protein deprivation day is simply a day without protein. The supercompensation phase is the nutrition and training techniques you will use to maximize the rebound off the protein deprivation day.
I first encountered this technique a number of years ago in the writings of Leo Costa Jr. of Optimum Training Systems. He originated this theory after noting that farmers in Bulgaria would rotate protein in and out of the diets of their livestock to improve the amount and quality of the meat in the animals. He applied this technique to humans and weight training with amazing results!
Phase 1 – The Lead Up
There are several ways you can go about leading up to your protein deprivation day.
The first way is to continue with your regular diet and training right up …
Today, the Los Angeles County Medical Association in association with Doctors for America, the California Medical Association, the Orange County Medical Association, and Youngphysicians.org announced plans to produce the first online healthcare reform town hall meeting for healthcare professionals by healthcare professionals entitled – “Policies that Impact Your Practice.” This live event, co-produced by EMARC and VeoMed, will focus on doctors’ issues and fears surrounding the pending healthcare reform bill. Medical professionals and those interested in the healthcare reform debate are encouraged to log on to www.VeoMed.com/EMARC to watch and discuss this free event on October 7th, 2009 at 5pm PST/8pm EST.
“We are looking forward to an honest and open discussion of what doctors are facing. This is an important and new opportunity for our community to engage and learn from each other,” stated Youngphysicians.org President Dr. Liza Capiendo.
Developed as a program dedicated to healthcare professionals, the town hall forum will involve a live moderated panel, opportunities for guests to phone-in live, and an online discussion. Due to the online nature of this event, organizers expect to be able to accommodate tens of thousands of participants from across the nation.
Dr. Nick Shroff, the Director of the Midland Urology Center in Texas said, “I am glad to see that VeoMed and EMARC are facilitating a meaningful online discussion on the impact of the proposed Obama health care reform. Where else can you find thousands of doctors discussing this important topic?”
The live event will be moderated by Southern California Physicians Magazine Editor Cheryl England, and will feature distinguished panelists including: Dr. Marcy Zwelling from the Los Angeles County Medical Association; Dr. Alice Chen, Vice President of Doctors for America; Dr. Liza Capiendo, President of Youngphysicians.org; and Dr. Alex Foxman, Vice President of Youngphysicians.org and Founder of the Beverly Hills Institute.
“Regardless of whether or not you support healthcare reform efforts, it is important–actually critical that doctors are involved and connected to this ongoing process. This powerful program has opened doors to thousands and thousands of physicians who want to be engaged,” said Dr. Marcy Zwelling from the Los Angeles County Medical Association.
Participate online on at www.VeoMed.com/EMARC on October 7, 2009 at 5pm PST/8pm EST.
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VeoMed has hosted two other live events on healthcare reform led by prominent thought-leaders in the medical community including the American Medical Association President Dr. Rohack and policy leaders from the California and Los Angeles Medical Association.
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