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Gaining Muscle and Staying Lean: A Common Sense Approach

Are you training hard but not putting on enough muscle? The answer is simple: eat more calories.The problem is how do you eat plenty of calories to make muscle without getting fat at the same time? Whether you gain muscle or fat depends largely on what foods you eat. While too many calories from any food can make you fat, some foods have much more tendency to make you fat than others. To prove it to yourself, just pull out 1000 calories of rice and chicken from your diet and replace it with 1000 calories of cheeseburgers and french fries and see what happens.

You have to learn to structure your diet so that you supply calories from foods that don’t make you fat. There are different kinds of calories. Some foods make you fat and some foods just naturally make you lean.  YouAbshave to learn to structure your diet so that you supply calories from foods that don’t make you fat. Your worst enemies are fatty foods and simple sugars. Conventional dietary fats are very prone to be stored as bodyfat. After being digested, these fats are transported to fat depots and stored. Simple sugars and other refined carbohydrates are released into the bloodstream more rapidly than they can be used for energy or converted to glycogen. This elicits a large insulin release which in turn causes the excess sugar to be converted to fat. On the other hand, excess calories from protein and unrefined complex carbohydrates have less tendency to be stored as fat.

Good lean protein sources include skinless chicken breast, skinless turkey breast, fish, and egg whites.  Good sources of starchy carbs are beans, rice, potatoes, peas, corn,and oatmeal. We also recommend you eat a lot of fibrous vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, carrots,broccoli, green beans, and asparagus. And here’s where CapTri® fits in.  CapTri® provides 8.3 calories per gram – twice the caloric density of protein or carbohydrates. But instead of being stored as body fat CapTri® is immediately burned to release energy (1). Whereas conventional fats are stored in body fat depots, CapTri® is transported directly to the liver where it is converted into energy (1). If eating regular food is like throwing a log on the fire, then eating CapTri® is like pouring gasoline on the fire.This makes CapTri® an ideal energy source for bodybuilders and other athletes – it allows you to consume a ton of calories without getting fat. The replacement of conventional dietary fats with lipids like CapTri®results in much less body fat (2,3).This is not so surprising since CapTri® is immediately burned for energy while regular fats are just stored as body fat. The amazing thing is that diets containing lipids like CapTri® result in less fat gain than even low-fat diets (2,3). In other words, CapTri® results in less fat gain than carbohydrates. And if your weight goes up, and it’s not fat, then it must be lean mass.

To understand this you have to know something about carbohydrate metabolism. Carbohydrates are released into the bloodstream as glucose and this stimulates the pancreas to release insulin. Insulin in turn causes cells to absorb glucose and amino acids, supporting growth. For this reason many people consider insulin to be the most powerful anabolic (growth-promoting) hormone.  However, insulin and glucose also promote fat accumulation by increasing storage of fatty acids in fat cells. So the same hormone which promotes growth also promotes fat storage. If carbohydrates are released into the bloodstream faster than they can be used for energy and to replace glycogen, the excess will be stored as fat.

The enzymes that make new bodyfat and convert glucose into fat are less active if lipids like CapTri®are included in the diet. Insulin normally stimulates these fat-storing enzymes to store any excess calories as fat. The amazing thing is that when lipids like CapTri®are included in the diet these fat-making enzymes are less active-even in the presence of insulin (2).This suggests that CapTri® may permit you to derive the anabolic effect of insulin while avoiding its fat-promoting effects. Could this be the reason athletes on our diet experience increased muscularity with decreased body fat? The anti-catabolic properties of CapTri® are another good reason to include it in your mass building diet.

Studies show that lipids like CapTri® spare body protein (7).Structured lipids, which contain medium chain fatty acids, improve nitrogen balance and are believed to increase weight by protein retention whereas conventional CapTri for low carbfats contribute to weight gain by increasing body fat (7, 8). Medium chain triglycerides like CapTri®increase protein synthesis in the liver more so than conventional fats or glucose (7). Also, after glycogen stores have been depleted the branched chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine are oxidized as fuel in the muscles. In the liver, CapTri® is converted into ketone bodies which are released into the bloodstream and used as fuel (1). “Skeletal muscle can readily burn ketone bodies for fuel and may spare the oxidation of branched chain amino acids and reduce skeletal muscle protein catabolism,” (6). The sparing of BCAA would leave these amino acids available to build muscles instead of being burned as fuel.  CapTri® is a special lipid called a medium chain triglyceride which is purified from coconut oil by fractional distillation. This is the same way that jet fuel is purified from crude oil. CapTri® has a different molecular structure than regular fats and this results in it being immediately burned for energy instead of being stored as body fat(1).

In CapTri®, all of the harmful long chain fats have been removed, leaving only a pure energy source which is absorbed and metabolized as rapidly as glucose (1). CapTri®is burned so fast that it doesn’t have a chance to be stored as fat. To derive the maximum benefit from CapTri®, or any other supplement, use it in conjunction with the proper diet. The Parrillo Performance Nutrition Program, by John Parrillo, describes the ultimate diet for bodybuilders. How to eat to gain muscle and lose fat.Proper nutrition is the foundation of bodybuilding success. We provide the information you need tomake your effort in the gym pay off- big time. What sets us apart is our program is based on sound, basic principles of healthy nutrition.

With Parrillo, food comes first,then supplements. We find that basic nutrition gets better results than high-tech hype. We’re here to show you how to get big. Now. CapTri® is the most highly re-fined, ultrapurified MCT on the market. The formulation of CapTri® was specifically designed for people who want to be as lean as possible. CapTri® is available exclusively from Parrillo Performance. If you need to go up in calories to put on more muscle, try CapTri®.

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