Ketosis Diet and Working Out
Ketosis diets continue to get good results. If you have ever tried the Banting Diet or the old Atkins Diet, then you will know what it feels like to become ketotic. When we reach the point of ketoacidosis our body is using our fat to get energy and not the carbohydrates like it normally does.
The advantages of eating low carb diets, which cause ketosis, have been well illustrated in many different studies. The advantages of going on this type of diet include increased HDL levels (the "good" cholesterol), fat-loss, reduction of blood sugar showing major improvement in Type II diabetes management and lowering of BP.
Many people think that carbohydrates are anabolic and that means without them you can't gain muscle. But the body is able to adapt and finds a way to continue protein synthesis despite the reduced carbs and the reduced insulin coming into the muscle.
When you train within is a low-carb environment like Banting or Atkins, limiting yourself to less than 50 grams of carbohydrate a day, you can still gain muscle. The body is built to survive and can avoid normal biochemical rules by using muscle glycogen more efficiently.
It is also able to adapt to the low-carb environment by up-regulating the gene expression of the specific enzyme machinery that is needed to ensure maximum performance. This allows the muscles to continue contracting without the use of carbs and very little insulin.
Creatine supplementation certainly helps when training for muscle gain while living on a ketogenic diet. But nevertheless it is still tough to train when you are living on ketones. The long process of gluconeogenesis takes time and you start to feel weaker than you normally feel when training on carbs.
It takes a while to get used to training when in ketosis, but the point is that you will not slow down your rate of muscle growth because protein synthesis will continue. This means that you will be losing fat and building muscle all at the same time.
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