Cortisol and Muscle Gain 3

Posted on July 1st, 2010 by Mic in Fitness Model Nutrition Tips, Fitness Model Workout Ideas

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Hi,

The last two posts have talked about cortisol and muscle gain and how to manipulate the cortisol wave with the type of exercise you do.

Today we will look at how diet plays a role in this.

But, first a quick clarification. I mentioned that you shouldn’t exercise for more than 45 minutes – and preferably less – in order to maximize your anabolic hormones.

After 45 minutes the anabolic hormones have peaked and start to decline pretty rapidly. So any exercise after that is not productive and might be counter productive.

Unless… yes, there always seems to be an exception to everything. Part of that is because our understanding of the human body changes as we learn more.

Okay, so if you prime your body by eating at the proper times, you can indeed continue exercising for longer periods of time.

This is a very individual thing and depends on what you are eating, how much you currently weigh, what kind of shape you are in and your individual metabolism.

It is very easy to fall into an overtrained state. It took me awhile but I figured out that I was in an overtrained state or close to it by checking my heart rate.

On my intense cardio days my heart rate will usually fall almost 20 beats per minute during recovery. If it only falls 10-12 beats in a minute I know I am in an overtrained state.

Then I take a few days off to recover. If I try to push I almost always will get sick or feel run down.

Okay, back to diet. A cycle of undereating balanced by a period of overeating will affect your cortisol levels also. Undereating actually raises your levels of cortisol and androgens.

Problem is that constant undereating will weakon your body and keep your cortisol levels high. This will cause muscle weakness, and an overall energy loss which will keep you tired all of the time.

Not something you want. And another reason why diets are so hard to stay on.

So you need to balance your undereating and intense exercise with relaxing and overeating. This is similar to how our cavemen and cavewomen ancestors ate and lived.

And they didn’t have much in the way of body fat. Of course they didn’t have stores, cars or the internet back then either.

But, you can still follow some of their living style by eating more naturally and exercising in bursts of high intensity.

Gradually incorporate more of this into your lifestyle and training and you will find that cortisol is your ally in muscle gains.

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