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Answering Comments from Week of 10/22/18 – Thomas DeLauer
It’s time to answer some comments. Some of the top comments from last week, the week of October 22. So this is a new thing that I’m doing, answering questions from the week before to make sure that I get a full summary of the things that I talked about because sometimes I leave things open-ended and people want a little bit more of a concrete answer.
So let’s rock and roll. The first video that I want to reference was one that I posted up last week, it was called “Do Squats Increase Testosterone?” It was a great video, it broke down everything about how squatting does actually affect your testosterone levels temporarily but not necessarily over the longterm which of course raised some questions. Dima Knopf asked, “How do we stimulate long term protein synthesis if our hormones go back to normal after a workout?”
That’s just the thing is, protein synthesis stays elevated for 24 hours. Really if you work out and your protein synthesis stays elevated for 24 hours and then starts to drop, on average if you’re working out two days on, one day off, two days on, one day off, you’re gonna be in a situation where your protein synthesis is elevated for a pretty good amount of time. Just because it’s slightly more elevated right after a workout doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not elevated the rest of the day. In fact, the whole eating right after a workout thing is a complete myth. Your protein synthesis stays almost exactly as elevated 24 hours after a workout as it was 20 minutes after a workout. It’s really a very negligible difference, it’s just a couple percent. So you’re fine, as long as you’re training consistently. That’s the thing, training consistently is the most important thing.
The next video that I’m gonna answer questions on. This one was called “Sugar and Carb Withdrawals: How To Bounce Back”. It was just about how you feel sick and how you go through withdrawal symptoms after you come off of sugar. It’s a pretty normal response. There’s some good questions here. Tiger TrenchTT says, “I want to know what are some healthier high energy foods? I need high energy for my work and am stuck binge eating sugary foods.”
Yeah, sugar’s just gonna cause you to spike up and fall down. Honestly, the biggest key is keeping your blood sugar stable. You don’t need big spikes in energy. You need consistent energy. So whether your blood sugar is at a moderate level or even a somewhat low level, I would honestly say that consistency is gonna be the best thing. So even if you’re on a keto diet, your blood sugar is never really going super, super low. Your blood sugar never goes down to zero, you just want to keep it even. So just avoid the spikes because that’s the only way that you’re gonna fall low.
What I would recommend if you are someone that’s eating carbs is try to keep the carbs somewhat out of the equation surrounding when you need to use your brain, because honestly, over time, you’re gonna allow yourself to develop a nice balance in homeostasis. Then you only need to add some carbs in maybe when you’re working out or something like that, or not at all.
This next video was “Fast versus Slow Reps: Which Is Better For Muscle Growth?” In this video, I was talking about the eccentric contraction and the concentric contractions. So concentric, when you’re curling a weight or you’re actually flexing the muscle, the eccentric when your weight is overcoming the force of the muscle. Keith Klein asked, “Can you give an explicit summary and advice for building mass and strength regarding this topic?”
The long and the short of it Keith, you want to be focusing on the eccentric phase. Focus on negative reps and you’ll build more muscle, plain and simple. Just from a biochem standpoint, what it does with the heat shock proteins, you’re gonna be better off. That’s all there is to it.
That wraps up this week’s questions. I’m gonna do the same thing again next week so we can answer some more questions and get some solid, solid advice over to you guys. If you have ideas for future videos, this is the video to post them in because we’re gonna monitor this video’s comment section like crazy. So I’ll see you in the next video.