Also studies have shown branched-chain amino acids can return the metabolism of a cachectic patient from catabolic-losing weight- to anabolic- increasing muscle, in over 55% of patients. Branched-chain amino acids consist primarily of leucine and valine. In a research paper published by the Indian J of Palliat Care, the effects the findings concluded that bcaa's interfere with brain serotonergic activity and inhibit the overexpression of critical muscular proteolytic pathways. The potential role of branched-chain amino acids as antianorexia and anticachexia agents was proposed many years ago, but experimental studies and clinical trials have since tested their ability to stimulate food intake and counteract muscle wasting in anorectic, weight-losing patients. In experimental models of cancer cachexia, BCAAs were able to induce a significant suppression in the loss of body weight, producing a significant increase in skeletal muscle wet weight as well as in muscle performance and total daily activity.
Hi Mike, I’m going to be working long hours this summer as a carpenter trimming platforms and painting them(can be very taxing and sweat is involved), and I was thinking of trying Intermittent Fasting to lose some stubborn fat that I have had around my waist for quite some time, is it ok to do IF along with my work days and treat the work as cardio? the main thing that is on my mind is that working in a fasted state could cause catabolism, and make me lose the muscle that I have built up so far. What is your opinion? and do you have any tips of losing the stubborn fat while keeping most of the muscle?
I just want to say, for anyone who is thinking about trying Leangains but isn't sure, that intermittent fasting in the 16/8 style that Martin advocates has completely transformed my relationship with food, in a good way.
For me, it works like magic. It's like, as soon as I committed to doing it, I stopped experiencing food cravings. Stopped having self-control problems. I just know what I'm going to eat and when, and that's that.
I've always had a problem with eating for pleasure, eating when I'm bored, but there's just something about the 16/8 protocol that put a stop to that.
Like I said, it is like magic for me. It may not work like that for everybody. But, maybe it will for you, too.