[quote]T NATION wrote:
I noticed that some of your products kind of do the same things. Was wondering what you guys would suggest I should use to try to reduce fat and build muscle at the same time. I am already using your Indigo-3G. I am 5’6" and 239lbs with about 28-30% body fat. When I do workout it is usually pretty intense weight lifting for up to an hour and a half or so. Any recommendations on which protein, pre, intra, and post workout product would be helpful. I really need to find products that help me maximize the time spent in the gym. [/quote]
Understand one thing: losing fat and building muscle at the same time is hard to do. Heck, even those using steroids have a hard time losing a lot of fat while adding a lot of muscle (most pro bodybuilders will be happy to avoid losing muscle while dieting down for a contest).
So doing it naturally is even harder. It IS possible but you must be perfect in pretty much every aspect involved in body composition: diet, training, supplement, recovery.
1st there are no supplements that can compensate for a bad diet when it comes to losing fat. INDIGO is a great product as it increases nutrients storage inside the muscle and thus reduces what is stored as fat. But it can’t help you if you eat fast food or desert.
2nd your body “doesn’t want” to lose fat. It sees it as a great tool for survival and will only dispose of it if there is a darn good reason to do so. You say that you train with intensity. Honestly I never take anyone’s word for it when they say that (it’s not personal, I’m like this with everybody until I see them). Intensity means different things to different people. To stimulate fat loss you must use methods that can be quite uncomfortable.
Sets where the muscles are under constant tension for 50-70 seconds in a row. Big lifts done for fairly high volume. And the most effective tool of all: doing conditioning work in the lactic zone… this means doing sprints, hill sprints, farmer’s walk, sandbag carries, wheelbarrow walks for 90 seconds to 3 minutes per set for several sets. These will create the biochemical and hormonal responses to increase fat mobilization and fat loss.
There is also the case of creating a caloric deficit. While you CAN drop fat without being in a deficit, it is very difficult to do so. So you don’t have a choice you can either cut you calories or train more. If you are strength training 3x a week and doing no conditioning work at all, you WILL have to ingest a pretty good deficit to lose a good amount of fat because that is not much work at all.
The thing is that the more you cut your calories the harder it will be to add muscle, it is very hard if not impossible to add muscle if you don’t ingest enough nutrients.
So if you want to GAIN muscle while losing fat you wont have a choice but to do so by increasing your overall weekly volume. I’m not necessarily saying to do more sets per workout. but to do more overall physical work during your week.
That’s where supplementation is important. IMHO where supplements are the most important is in allowing you to recover faster between sessions and being able to do more work in each workout. A “fat burner” will increase caloric expenditure by 3-5%… or the equivalent of roughly 75-150 calories per day WOOHOO at this rate it will help you lose about a pound of fat more per 4-6 weeks. Whereas solid peri-workout nutrition will allow you to burn hundreds if not thousands of calories more per week (if not per day) by allowing you to recover faster and thus train more often and do more work.
HERE’S THE THING THOUGH: YOU HAVE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SUPPLEMENT AND DO MORE WORK!!! If you just hope that the supplement will do everything for you, you will be disappointed.
That’s why we specialized in advanced supplements, we want the hard workers, those who are willing to use the supplements for what they are designed to do: allow you to do more work and thus progress more.
In that regard PLAZMA pre and during workout and MAG-10 2-3 times during the day is pretty much my universal recommendation.