THE POWER OF MITOCHONDRIAL TRAINING

Written by Angelo

Categories: Nutrition | Healthcare | Sport

January 14 2024

More and more sports nutritionists are giving indications that are completely against the trend of the past and are indications that are in total opposition to those given by the fanatics of LOW CARB diets.

FOR COMPETITORS, ALWAYS MORE CARBOHYDRATES. ABOMINABLE QUANTITIES OF CARBOHYDRATES.

POSTULATE: AGONISTS ARE THE HEALTHIEST PEOPLE AMONG HUMANS.

And in fact in this incredible randomized and controlled trial on endurance athletes, it turns out that the ingestion of 120 grams/hour of carbohydrates (compared to 60 or 90 grams which, for a low carb "expert" would already be the black death of STAR WARS) led to less inflammation and more muscle recovery.

https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/5/1367

The difference between us engineers dedicated to the study and dissemination of things that would belong to doctors/biologists and trainers and that we manage to CONTEXTUALIZE the various situations and evaluate many more variables.
It is a mindset that they instill in us through mental massacres in the classroom and in books.

SO LET'S CONTEXTUALIZE: researchers have studied that when a person can digest, absorb and MANAGE this amount of carbohydrates during exercise (previously set by science at 90 g/h), they can optimize the related effects by ingesting a greater amount (120 g/h ).

The application of this discovery, therefore, is limited to a context in which a human body, with its physiological and metabolic capabilities

That is, normally professional or elite endurance athletes.

Certainly not amateurs or "normal" people who are almost all of humanity.

As you can imagine (or understand), this intervention makes no sense in a context in which the energy need is not as described and, obviously, not in a human being without the resources to tolerate, digest, absorb and convert those carbohydrates into energy. .

They've sort of studied and validated over the years, very specific effects associated with a very specific intervention.
Specific to the cube.

To draw a parallel that can help to better understand the matter, when endurance athletes train, for example, by doing sprints, instead of doing 3, doing 6 could be more advantageous at different levels (IT'S AN EXAMPLE!!!! ). That's all. Nothing more, but applied to carbohydrate intake.

This does not mean (indeed it would be far-fetched to think so) that due to this discovery any endurance athlete (and we should all be one in some way) should train only by doing sprints, and more precisely only 6.

This simply means that, within the tools available to training and nutrition professionals, when they want to optimize sprints, they can consider using 6 instead of 3, as long as the athlete tolerates them.

One of the effects that has been found and that these good researchers have validated over the years is that the intake of more food (from carbohydrates) during physical activity has beneficial effects not only on performance but also on recovery, on the feeling of hunger, on subsequent eating behavior, etc…

When we do physical activity, our metabolism enters another dimension where metabolic rules make the effect of food on the body different. And these rules depend on our previous state of health.
If we have diabetes or metabolic syndrome, for example, our body will not be able to handle fats due to mitochondrial dysfunction. It will not do it efficiently even if we are not trained but "healthy" (even if not being trained is already a negative health condition).
While with elite athletes (who are super healthy) they will be able to ingest an avalanche of carbohydrates without affecting the oxidation of fats.

LET'S LOOK AT THIS GRAPH CAREFULLY:

The graph represents a metabolic laboratory test of a highly qualified athlete. You see how, as the effort increases, fat oxidation tends to zero and only carbohydrate oxidation prevails.

A diabetic (like any patient with chronic inflammatory diseases), if he took the same test (which would take much less time), would have a total prevalence of the red component which represents a clear mitochondrial dysfunction.

A sedentary person is more or less the same as a diabetic and this is why a sedentary lifestyle is always associated with the onset of chronic diseases.

IS THIS POINT CLEAR?

For example, the impact of 30 g of simple sugars can be very different when you do moderate intensity physical activity compared to when you are lying on the sofa if you are very trained or untrained or have an ongoing chronic illness (and obviously the latter may be more harmful to your health).

From these observations and contextualizations the idea of ​​writing MITOCHONDRIAL TRAINING arose.
As you have understood, there are no rules and both the "Mediterranean" and chronic LOW CARB approaches fail if we do not contextualize them as I hope I have done in this long post.

It means that depending on the specific objective to be optimized for each athlete/ill person or whoever (it varies in the different phases of the training cycle), within the tools that each professional has available, this strategy can be used to optimize a specific situation and also one SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITION SUCH AS DIABETES.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28332115/

Il MITOCHONDRIAL TRAINING it's for everyone. From the advanced / professional athlete to the chronically ill person who has never done sport in his life. Apply correctly MITOCHONDRIAL TRAINING it means brutally moving the bar (graph above) which leads you to oxidize more and more fats (implementing mitochondrial function) and the diet (and also the quantities of carbohydrates) will only be a tool to be used intelligently aimed at implementing, accelerating , “synergize” for this purpose.

You can find my book in all ONLINE bookstores and preferably on my shopping:

MITOCHONDRIAL TRAINING – MITOCHONDRIAL TRAINING

Happy #mitochondrialtraining to everyone.

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