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carb back-loading explained - episode 13

Of all the branched-chain amino acids, leucine seems to get the most attention. This naturally-occurring component of protein may have the power to signal muscle growth all by itself, and it can have a major impact on post-workout recovery. Kiefer explains the science of what may be the next hot supplement.

Series Background

Last year, M&F introduced readers to physicist-turned-nutritionist John Kiefer, the man who developed Carb Back-loading. This approach to gaining size while losing fat, which entails consuming most of your carbohydrates later in the day, and often in the form of “so-called” junk food, has become one of the hottest topics in sports nutrition.

I recently got Kiefer on the phone to clear up some of the misconceptions about his controversial plan, and get more specific advice on how to make it work under a variety of conditions. I also got Kiefer’s take on various other hot-button nutrition concerns. In this hour-long interview (which we have serialized), we cover, among other things:

  • How to back-load with unusual sleeping pattern
  • How standard bodybuilding foods may be less than optimal for muscle growth
  • Why you shouldn’t back-load with pasta
  • Pre- and post-workout supplementation
  • Whether or not to back-load with fast food
  • The truth about artificial sweeteners
  • How whey protein might be better than vegetables
  • And much more!

See Sean’s transcript of the interview at www.seanhyson.com

Pick up a copy of Carb Back-Loading 1.0, Kiefer’s e-book, at www.carbbackloading.com

View the entire Carb Back-Loading series here.


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