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Supplement Advice


#1

Currently I work out four days a week with two high carb days in my diet. (I wish I could work out more, but with three kids 5 and under and a demanding job, this is the best I can do.) I use two servings of Plazma on high carb days, and one serving of MAG-10 on low carb days (both during my workout).

I have a bit more money to use on supplements each month and would like advice on what would be best to purchase. I enjoy Brain Candy and Finibars a lot. I am not sure if Plazma on low carb days also with a change in diet the rest of the day would be best, or something else. Thank you for taking the time to read this.


#2

Good questions. First, consider keeping your <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/plazma"target=“new”>Plazma at two servings for every workout, assuming all 4 of your training days are tough lifting days. The carbs in Plazma can’t be counted the same as whole-food carbs. Very different affect on the body. In fact, they’re thermic in nature. So one good option is keeping Plazma intake the same on all lifting days, then if you need to (and you may not) adjust carbs higher or lower in your regular meals to fit your carb goals. My wife used a similar approach when dieting for figure competition: kept workout nutrition the same then made adjustments elsewhere with her solid food intake. As John Meadows has said, never sacrifice the workout period.

<a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/finibar-competition-bar"target=“new”>Finibars would be a great addition on higher carb days. Just have one about 40-60 minutes before training, and maybe time your toughest workouts of the week for those days (leg days etc.)

<a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/brain-candy"target=“new”>Brain Candy is the most optional out of all those choices. Definitely a nice addition if you like the effects, but we always emphasize taking care of workout nutrition first when budgeting.

A final option would be adding a <a href="http://www.T-Nation.com/store/products/MAG-10"target=“new”>MAG-10 pulse post-workout if you’re looking to ramp things up. Mag-10 is also great for conditioning-only workouts to speed fat loss and preserve muscle for extended “cardio” type workouts.

Does that help?


#3

Thank you for the advice. I’m going to try two servings Plazma each of the four workout days, and a Finibar before the two high carb days. I am going to try and keep my diet the same, not touch the other meal carbs, and see what happens. If possible, you could link an article or help me better understand the carbs in Plazma? Thank you again for your time.


#4

The product page for Plazma, as well as the Mag-10 page, has some detailed info.

Question: why the low carb days? Just part of a calorie cycling plan or are you trying to lose fat? Your avatar pic has you already looking very lean, to the point where some folks would say, “Eat a sammich!”

Have you looked into <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/indigo-3g"target=“new”>Indigo-3G for (what I assume) your carb issues? It was a lifesaver for me. Just couldn’t handle carbs before using it without gaining fat quickly.


#5

Thank you. Low carb days to stay lean for the summer and slowly gain muscle.

I pushed it hard on leg day yesterday, and Plazma really helped. Your ‘sammich’ commented has encouraged me to eat more too. Thank you. I’m hoping as my finances increase I will add Indigo-3G.


#6

Hey Chris,

You often state that the carbs found in Plazma (hbcd) are “thermic in nature”. I am trying to understand what exactly that means (From a biochemistry/physiological point of view). After searching the literature I couldn’t find anything so was just wondering if you had any relevant studies.

Joe