Posted By ProjectAD on January 29, 2015
For years now, the media, the scientists, and even the gym rats have all at some stage attempted to discredit and tarnish carbohydrates.
We shouldn’t be too surprised. The same treatment was once bestowed upon high protein diets, as well as how the macronutrient fat was the root of all evil and diseases.
Luckily, times changed, and we got better educated on those two macronutrients in order to properly assess how we can plan them into our diets and utilise their benefits. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about carbohydrates: they’re well and truly the victims of an unwarranted, merciless beating that shows no sign of stopping any time soon. That’s about to change, however.
Why Carbs are Important
Love ’em or hate ’em, your physique needs carbohydrates if it is to build muscle at a substantial rate and optimise performance levels. The biological facts remain as plane as daylight: anaerobic, high-intensity activity requires carbohydrates (glucose) as fuel. Whether you provide them directly or indirectly (gluconeogenesis) is your choice. But if you side with the latter, then muscle breakdown (catabolism) is a very real risk.
It’s also poor for maximising muscular gains. Insulin, probably the most juxtaposed and misinterpreted hormone in the world, is at its core anabolic and necessary for muscular gains. Without insulin being secreted, your gains are going to be the equivalent of trying to drive a car at 100mph in first gear. Frankly speaking, we need it to shift gears.
But this is where the problem starts. Consume too little, and you’ll fail to build muscle. Consume too many, and you’ll get fat. While insulin sensitivity generally determines the effectiveness of how you partition nutrients to various cells and construct new muscle tissue (which is why we created Matador, to enhance this sensitivity), body type also plays a prevalent role in your physiological disposition.
So, here are the recommendations:
Ectomorphs (naturally skinny dudes) & Highly active individuals: Eat between 3-4 grams of carbohydrates per lb of bodyweight. Take 2 capsules of Matador post-workout with a high carb meal, and 2 capsules along with another calorie dense meal during the day.
Mesomorphs (naturally muscular guys): Eat between 2.5-3grams of carbohydrates per lb of bodyweight. If you’re also regularly active and work a demanding job, then move towards the upper spectrum of carb intake. Take 2 capsules of Matador post-workout with a high carb meal, as well as 2 caps with another calorie dense meal during the day.
Endomorphs (naturally bulky dudes) and inactive individuals: Eating carbs are definitely more problematic if you fall into this category. There’s also the issue of insulin sensitivity, which makes supplementing with Matador all the more imperative to partition nutrients away from fat cells, and to maximise a slow rate of muscular development, utilising all the precious nutrients we intake as opposed to directing them towards fat storage. If you’re really adamant you need more carbs for muscular gain, then you should implement a strategy of two capsules of Matador with each calorie dense / high carb meal in order to shut off fat gain and direct nutrients towards muscular building (protein synthesis).
Endomorphs or inactive individuals looking to build muscle, yet concerned with fat gain, also need to worry about the potential of a flagging performance. To reverse this, integrate Raging Full into your arsenal as your intra-workout, which will provide rapidly digested carbohydrates able to act as workout fuel and to amplify your intensity in the gym and ensure you’re not missing out on anything.
Be sensible with your carbohydrate intake, and most importantly, if you’re concerned with the way your nutrients are being partitioned (i.e. too much fat gain / not enough muscle), then double up on the Matador in your calorie dense meals – it’ll make the world of difference in positively influencing your insulin sensitivity and maximising your rate of muscular gains.
Lastly, for those of you who want to scale back on your carb intake, and maybe work a desk-bound job and are fearful of carbs, the inclusion of Raging Full as a deterrent to flagging workout intensity is imperative and a fully-fledged solution to committing to powerful, progressive workouts.
Leave nothing to chance and keep Project AD in your corner at all times in this constant war on muscle and fat.