It is always good to look at new methods to really optimise muscle growth via natural means, which are easy to implement through food and supplementation! Protein ‘pulsing’ is something which a lot of you may not have heard about, but by the end of this article you should have a much better understanding.
Increasing your anabolic activity is the key to gaining lean muscle mass and recovering faster! What does anabolism actually mean? In short, anabolism is your body’s ability to synthesise protein. The higher your rate of protein synthesis, the more anabolic you are. By implementing protein pulsing into your diet you can significantly increase your rate of anabolism!
Another key factor is the ‘anabolic density’ of a particular food you ingest. This basically means to what degree a specific food can elevate your protein synthesis levels within a short period of time, normally around the hour mark. Fast digesting proteins normally in the form of whey protein isolate and hydrolysed whey protein isolate have great ‘anabolic density!’
So what exactly is protein pulsing? Protein pulsing means to spike the level of amino acids in the blood via the use of very fast digesting proteins. By using a protein source which is very ‘anabolically dense’ as discussed above, you are able to stimulate your rate of protein synthesis significantly. In fact, many studies have shown this method can improve the rate at which your body assimilates protein by 5 times!!!!
After taking in that sentence I am certain you are keen, but how do you apply the principles of protein pulsing correctly! The ideal time to ‘protein pulse’ is as soon as you wake up! The body is pretty much empty and the amino acid levels in your blood will be relatively low, therefore it is primed to soak up a fast digesting protein. This can be done even if you are about to do cardio because protein won’t stop your body burning fat. In fact, according to studies a huge proportion of people who use the method of protein pulsing report noticeable losses in fat! The one key rule is not to ‘protein pulse’ within a few hours of a meal because the rate of digestion is too slow. So I would suggest doing it as soon as you wake up and right before bed! Although the rule is to have a slow digesting protein before bed and during the day, try a fast digesting protein alone as well! The results may well surprise you!
The best choices of protein to try this in my opinion are Gaspari Intrapro, PhD Whey HT+, Dymatize Elite Whey protein and Reflex Instant Whey!
There you have something new to try, which should really stimulate your overall muscle growth and recovery. Protein pulsing takes your protein synthesis levels to a new high, and it is the ability to assimilate protein which ultimately dictates your growth!