most-muscular-1Based on the amount of emails that I have been getting,
I can see that there is a huge amount of confusion regarding
the amount of carbs to consume in order to grow.

Thus, today I will be sharing an article from Ben regarding
how many carbs you need to grow in order to gain lean
muscle while burning fat.

Pay attention as this strategy is an incredible one…

The Truth About How Many Carbs You Need to Grow
by IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski

What you do now affects your body down the road. If you cram yourself full of carbohydrates on a daily basis, regardless of type of carb (even low GI carbs), your body must process these carbs and your insulin sensitivity will be decreased. Over time, insulin resistance (the inability to use carbohydrates) is inevitable for 98% of the population. Your cells just won’t work as well as when you were younger and it has little to do with “age.” It has to do with the level of abuse you have put on your pancreas and the cells of your body
with high sugar foods and massive carbohydrate consumption.

Emulating your favorite IFBB pros’ carb intake is not always an
advisable approach. Pro athletes alike are typically not only
gifted physically, but also in their ability to utilize

Yes, carbs are absolutely necessary for growth and optimal

Yes, massive amounts of carbs in the short term will make you grow
at faster rate than lower carb protocols, but this growth rate will
be short lived.

Eventually, fat will start to accumulate as cells will start to
become resistant to insulin and growth will slow down dramatically.
The unfortunate part is that sometimes you may never be able to
gain that same sensitivity back again.

Typically, once your cells stop functioning optimally or loses the
ability to efficiently utilize insulin, your pancreas is forced
into overdrive and pumps out more insulin in response to elevated
blood glucose (if your cells are resistant to insulin, your blood
glucose remains elevated because the cells wont “accept” the
glucose). Your cells simply won’t take up anymore glucose, so you
store it as fat.

Depending on the level of insulin resistance, it may take a very
long time to regain sensitivity again.

I wont be so bold to say you may never gain it back, because all of
you reading this are obviously intelligent, active, and
hard-working people. Diabetics aside, with hard work and
intelligent nutrition you can absolutely regain insulin
sensitivity. It just may take a really long time, and typically
only last as long as you maintain the strict regiment of exercise
and low/moderate carb that you used to gain it back.

So, what do I do about it?:

Exercise is a great way to improve insulin sensitivity in the short
term, but cramming a bunch of simple sugars into yourself post
workout and out the window goes insulin sensitivity again. (This
is why taking in whey protein or BCAAs without
carbs has become so popular).

Now, of course, the amount of carbohydrate that is necessary to
cause insulin resistance is completely variable from person to
person. For some people it may be 20g at a time while others may
need 100-120grams. Some may take 1 year while others 10 years. A
lot of that is genetically correlated, or dependent on your youth
(blame your parents).

An extended period of low carbohydrate intake is also a great way
to improve insulin sensitivity. Anywhere from 4hrs to 3 days on low
carb has been utilized by intelligent people with great results.
WARNING: Any longer than that and you could be looking at some
metabolic shutdown.

Carbohydrate cycling, or varying your intake from day to day, has
become an effective method for fat loss because it allows people to
optimize carb sensitivity and maximize carb uptake and utilzation,
all while seeing minimal metabolic shutdown(metabolic damage).

A common example of carb cycling is: two low carb days, followed by
one high carb day.

By the way, just as a friendly reminder, this coming Tuesday
I will be re-opening my Hypertrophy Max System, which is a
full year worth of muscle building workouts and coaching!
And for those of you who sign up via Hugo’s Newsletter you
will also get tons of valuable bonuses. Be sure to not miss
out as I will be taking new members from Tuesday to Friday only.

[Hugo Note : be sure to check out my review of H-MAX here:
H-Max Review and Bonuses for You]

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Take care and train hard!

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