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Break out the Hershey Bars! Chocolate is the perfect pre-workout food for bodybuilders and those trying to strip fat, says new study

Nov 19 Written by 
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Chocolate as the cutting edge new bodybuilding supplement? It seems too good to be true but according to a new study if you're looking for anabolic growth, workout focus and a ferocious muscle pump you can chuck away your NoExlode and break open the Hershey bars!

Of course it's not quite that simple. The chocolate is to be included in a tough dietary 'fasting' regime and is added pre-workout to bring a body-building insulin spike.

But it's not too difficult to grasp.

Try this:

If you work out later in the day try going without carbohydrates up until your Pre-Workout meal, or fast with only leucine pulses until then.

At this point your insulin levels have been kept low and insulin sensitivity is heightened as muscle cells await super-compensation when carbohydrates are eventually introduced.

So, for your pre-workout consume a relatively quick-acting protein (whey + leucine) and a high Glycemic Index (GI) carbohydrate source like dark chocolate.

The chocolate serves several purposes.

First, the sugar/carbohydrates from the chocolate will help generate a large insulin response. Insulin is a powerful anabolic hormone and has been shown to inhibit muscle protein breakdown.

However, two studies show that without amino acid availability, carbohydrates alone did not result in a positive net protein balance so it is important to add leucine.

A study led by Kevin Tipton, PhD, Professor of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
at the University of Stirling, found that “the response of net muscle protein synthesis to consumption of an (EAC) essential amino acid carbohydrate supplement solution immediately before resistance exercise is greater than that when the solution is consumed after exercise, primarily because of an increase in muscle protein synthesis as a result of increased delivery of amino acids”.

In a study, Chocolate was also shown to increase nitric oxide serum levels.

So maybe you don’t need to throw your money in the garbage to buy 1MR anymore.

So, to round-up, chocolate is a natural stimulant with energy enhancing compounds that also happens to taste damn good and gives you a nice pump.

 

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