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Protein Only Breakfast Is Anabolic.

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Protein Only Breakfast Is Anabolic.

Protein Breakfast Is Anabolic (J Endocrinol. November 2003, 179 (2) :237-44.)

Protein only meals on an empty stomach provides a greater increase in the production of anabolic hormones like growth hormone and insulin than meals with protein, carbohydrate and fat. Moreover, protein meals lower cortisol. That is what endocrinologists discovered at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany in a human study.

The researchers gave men averaging 18-40 years a mixture of 24 grams of individual amino acids, which was dissolved in a glass of water at 8 o'clock in the morning .The mix contained amino acids Val, Leu, Ile, Phe, Tyr, Try, Lys, With, Cys, Thr and His and also vitamins, minerals and trace elements. It was a product of SHS International. Subjects in control groups ate nothing [controlled fasting] or used a meal based on skimmed milk which contained as much joules as the amino acid shake [ISO Control].

The energy in the powdered meal primarily came from carbohydrates, and secondly from protein.

The breakfast consisting of pure amino acids caused a significant GH peak. The concentration increased on average a factor of 21, and stayed increased in most subjects for 1,5 hours. Consider on the figure below that the values on the y-axis rise logarithmically.

Undoubtedly protein only meals also lead to a GH peak, although it will be less pronounced. Interesting for athletes and people interested in longevity,you might say. Breakfast or lunch meals that include as much protein as possible, will make your production of GH and IGF-1 also fly up.

The amino acid breakfast also reduced the cortisol levels. At the end of the trial cortisol in the amino group halved.In subjects in the milk group, the cortisol level is only reduced by about ten percent.

Many natural strength athletes take a lot of meals during the day that consist mostly or entirely out of proteins . Most of the carbohydrates they prefer to use during meals before and after training. One argument against such a diet is that insulin only increases when you eat carbohydrates. Insulin is a highly anabolic hormone.

In the case of split meals with amino acids that is not a good argument, the German research shows. The amino acids allow insulin levels to rise more than the carbohydrate-rich meal based on milk powder.

The German study confirms the value of perhaps the most interesting diet for strength athletes that has so far been invented: The Warrior Diet by Ori Hofmekler of. Hofmeklers diet is somewhat weird and rather extreme, but with some changes probably damn interesting for athletes

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very interesting.
i have always preferred taking in proteins alone, and eating more after training (night time) if for no other reason than being hungry makes you stronger (me anyway)
wasnt real familiar with ori hofmekler's diet but after reading it, it makes a lot of sense.

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awesome read....thanks

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nice to hear, i have always been a fan of protein.