Warrior Diet, Muscle, and
Principles of Growth: How to Gain Muscle and Lose Fat on the Warrior Diet
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can I keep gaining muscle mass while losing fat on the Warrior Diet?"
am asked this question all the time now -- by people who have reached a plateau,
with no further muscle gain and no other noticeable progress.
e-mails and private consultations, I realized that most of these people already
suffer from severe dietary related problems such as fatigue, lethargy, sluggishness,
fat gain, loss of libido, insomnia, irregularity and a decrease in muscle strength
purpose of this article is to shed some light on the principles of muscle growth
and rejuvenation and the nature of body composition.
me start with the reasons why people reach a plateau, or to say it another way,
why people hit the wall.
hit the wall when their body adaptation to physical stress through rejuvenation
(growth and repair) is impaired.
proliferation and protein synthesis is being regulated by many factors such as
glands, hormones, enzymes, hormonal receptors, cell membrane pH, mineral composition,
osmotic pressure, outer-cellular plasma nucleotides, cyclic AMP, cyclic GMP, mitochondrial
energy yield and sheer stress.
put it simply - growth is more complicated than just shoving in protein and pumping
principle of inducing growth is based on strong stimulation that signals rejuvenation
(tissue repair) and proliferation (increase in tissue mass). The growth stimulation
activates an anabolic process through receptors in the cellular membrane. This
stimulation requires carriers such as hormones, steroids, growth factors and nucleotides
can't be fully potentiated without the activation of cellular membrane receptors.
the cell membrane receptors are insensitive (such as in the case of de-synthesized
insulin, adrenal or IGF1 receptors) then growth will be impaired. There is much
more to it but for the purpose of understanding the principles of growth, let
me just say for now that cell membrane receptor activation is critical.
activation depends on the body's ability to re-synthesize or recuperate its receptors.
Recuperation and growth go hand in hand. The point that I'm trying to make here
is that your body needs time to recuperate in order to resume growth.
process of recuperation includes daily detoxification, the redesigning of daily
nutrition and diet composition and most importantly the alleviation of stress
on your liver to help regulate protein synthesis and fat burning.
Warrior Diet gives you just that.
it's good to take a step back in order to move two steps forward. Those who are
concerned about losing fat and some muscle mass do not realize that at that preliminary
stage, they have already improved their body composition (this means the improvement
of the ratio of muscle to fat). In order to get out of a plateau and resume growth,
one has to go through a preliminary stage of detox that often results in a temporary
Myth of Protein
people reach a plateau in spite of consuming monstrous amounts of protein, mostly
from commercial protein powders. Those who consume 300 - 400g of protein per day
don't realize that this is one of the reasons why they have stagnated.
much processed protein creates a protein imbalance that leads to -- guess what
-- amino acid deficiency!
in order to get rid of the extra aminos, the body converts them into energy or
fat while taxing the liver with toxic byproducts of protein breakdown.
low carb products have ingredients that can seriously inhibit fat burning or glycolysis
(the conversion of sugar into energy). Glycerin, ethanol and sorbitol are common
ingredients in most low carb protein products. These chemicals can have a devastating
effect on your liver's ability to regulate fat and sugar metabolism.
subject of growth is intriguing and deserves much more attention. Nevertheless,
in order to simplify things let me offer you twelve basic tips to help maximize
your muscle growth while burning fat:
Undereating during the day by ingesting live whole vegetables, fruits and their
juices will help accelerate detoxification.
2 to 3 weeks off from eating processed foods and eat whole foods instead.
may be overtrained. Take a break and see if that helps.
away from low carb protein products that contain glycerin.
are not the bad guy! Chronic carb restriction can slow your thyroid and impair
the good fat coming. EFA from flax and primrose oils and phospho-lipids from soy
lecithin are essential for cellular membranes and play a critical role in the
regulation of hormonal and cellular functions.
among full days of undereating and full days of overeating. Undereating will potentiate
the body to turn on the anabolic switch. Overeating will activate the final stimuli.
your mitochondrial DNA with antioxidants (most importantly glutathione precursors,
SOD precursors and lipoic acid).
your bottom line with multivitamin and mineral supplementation.
chronic sodium restriction. Sodium is necessary for growth.
it easy with creatine to avoid impairment of the body's own ability to produce
are a few basic tips that will hopefully help you break out of stagnation. Let
me note here that following the above recommendations will naturally accelerate
metabolic efficiency that will result in fat loss.
Mitochondrial high-energy yield in the form of ATP is critical for growth and
overall rejuvenation. Thus, protecting your mitochondrial DNA will keep your energy
level high while slowing the aging process and keep you growing.
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