So You Wanna Get Big... But You're Fat Bro
I could be lean if I wanted to dude I've got a crazy fast metabolism, I'm just trying to bulk and put on as much weight as possible... right that's your problem bro!
Alright, guys lets address the 24/7, 365, year-round bulking methodology and see what's actually taking place in your body. Anyone out there that has truly "bulked" (we hate that term here, we prefer muscular progression) before understands that it is not the most pleasant phase to be in during your fitness journey. Truly bulking entails usually a very uncomfortable amount of CLEAN food depending on the individual and their metabolism, heavy training that will often wear and tear on the joints, and adverse supplementation for many depending on their goals. A typical muscular progression phase for many will stall out between 6 and 12 months thus requiring some form of calorie restriction or dieting phase in order to reestablish the ability to accrue lean mass.
So why is this periodic calorie restriction required?
When we seek to gain new mass we eat in a calorie surplus often comprised of excess carbohydrates and even at times unhealthy foods, when we eat this excess of carbs or sugar we tax the beta cells in the pancreas and can render ourselves insulin resistant. Insulin resistance basically is a state in which your body is pre-diabetic and lacks the ability to utilize carbs as energy or stored glycogen and will instead store these as body fat! Periodic reduction in carbs/sugar or a dieting phase will help maintain insulin sensitivity and allow for your body to use the most of its nutrients, particularly carbs which is essential when growing new muscle.
For those looking to prolong their muscular progression phases in the offseason, it is possible to mitigate insulin sensitivity and glucose levels with various forms of natural or pharmacological supplementation. Many serious bodybuilders or strength athletes choose to go the route of using exogenous long-acting insulin to help keep blood sugars under control and partition nutrients better while those not looking to go down that route may opt for the route of a glucose disposal agent (GDA).
*Disclaimer: This is not a recommendation for the use of any form of pharmaceutical insulin as improper use could lead to serious health detriment or death this is merely for informative/educational purposes ONLY.
What is a GDA though? A GDA is a natural blend of herbal ingredients designed to help regulate insulin levels and blood sugar while aiding the body in making the most of the food that you eat aka actually absorb your nutrients!
So do GDA's really work? Yes, they do. Finding a GDA that not only packs the correct ingredients but also the correct dosages is another story, however. While some people may choose to use stand-alone ingredients like Berberine HCL, ALA Gymnema Sylvestre, we feel its best to combine the proper dosages of all these ingredients into one formula as they all complement one another and amplify the glucose regulating effects.
Some of the best GDA's we have been able to find based upon ingredients and dosing thus far are:
1) Matador (Project AD)
2) Glycolog (Blackstone Labs)
3) RPG (Redcon1)
And since you've made it this far in the article I'll take it that you're serious about your health and fitness goals so you can take 10% OFF each one of these products with the code GDA10 at checkout.
So let's address the question you all probably have at this point, how do you know if you're becoming insulin resistant, running high blood sugars, or not absorbing your nutrients efficiently? The simple answer will be look in the mirror, are you looking sloppy? Spilling over with body fat and water retention? How about performance in the gym, are you progressing or regressing? Are you lethargic and tired throughout the day? These can all be great indicators or insulin resistance so pay attention.
To take it a step further and get an even better idea of just how insulin resistant you might be we here at All Pro encourage our customers and athletes to make the wild investment of a $25 in a simple glucometer from Walmart and actually test your blood sugar a couple of times a week. The best times to test are first thing in the morning fasted (no food) or 2-3 hours POST feeding otherwise known as postprandial. Healthy fasted blood glucose levels will be under 100 mg/dL and healthy postprandial levels will be under 140 mg/dL.
If ya knew better, you'd do better, that's what the pros are here for, talk to you all soon.
- Team All Pro