Hey people, I am doing Hill sprints in the morning and I am confused about my pre workout nutrition. I want to do it fasted and just have some coffee, vitamin c and BCAA before my workout but im not sure if the combination is going to help me with fat loss.
The reason im worried is because apparently I do not want insulin to be high when losing fat but I have read that BCAAs cause a insulin spike. So though I am trying to maintain my muscle with BCAA are they going to be hurting my goals of fatloss? Apologies if this sounds like a stupid question I am just getting really confused about this whole thing as the relationships between foods and supplements and training is complex for me lol.
Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
asked byProud2bebritish (0)
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on August 17, 2013
at 05:49 PM
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on August 03, 2013
at 04:25 PM
I reccomend simple sugars and protyein around an hour before training, a carb drink during and then lots of carbs and around 40-50 gras of protein afterwards. My preference.
on July 20, 2013
at 02:58 PM
My biggest advice would be don't worry so much about these intricate little details. Will 1 scoop of BCAA's prevent you from losing any fat from your hill sprints? Probably not. The biggest fat loss benefit of HIIT comes after the workout anyway, in the form of increasing your metabolic rate. I do tons of hill sprints. I usually go first thing in the morning, with just some coffee beforehand. I don't eat anything before because then I'll puke. Or I'll do it after a lift, usually after I have half my protein shake. Keep things simple and just get out there and train. BCAA's or no BCAA's are the little 1/2 a percent which in the end make virtually no difference. The way you eat and train every single day are what matters for fat loss, not what you drink before hill sprints. (I'm 5'8" 185 10% btw)
on July 20, 2013
at 01:41 PM
I regularly do HIIT while fasted, with nothing consumed but coffee. You don't need the BCAA, and yes, they cause an insulin response. The body doesn't naturally want to burn muscle unless there is a hormone (insulin) telling it not to burn fat. My recommendation would be that if you do HIIT while fasted, do it near the end of the fast, so you can eat shortly afterwards. I have had great results doing that. About once a week, I get up, sit around drinking coffee, and do a mountain run, fasted, and then eat. BTW, I am 5'7" 146 with 6% BF.
on July 20, 2013
at 01:27 PM
Why don't you do HIIT in the afternoon or early evening and time your meals, supplements around that period? Fasted hiit sucks arse, for performance and, perhaps indeed for your central nervous system/overall health. If you are low on glycogen stores then doing hiit isn't going to do much other than deplete them and probably lead to the next likely source being used - muscles. I am unsure if bcaas would prevent this, although they quite possibly might. I know that are good to use with weight lifting, not sure about hiit but in principle it could work.
Ketosis is also muscle sparing. For hiit though like I said I think carbs are necessary for performance and possibly health generally. Fasted hiit has seemed pretty hard on my body when I've done it, both in short and medium term. If it seems to work for you though, I say go for it.