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#1 Postby steelronkeel » Sat Dec 24, 2005 7:29 pm

I don't eat any sugar, and i rarely eat fruits. Isn't sugar (glucose, fructose, etc.) essential for building muscle?

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#2 Postby offense74 » Sun Dec 25, 2005 4:14 pm

All carbs get broken down to sugar (glucose). So, for example, starch (from rice, potatoes, grains, etc) can be used to get sugars into your system.

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#3 Postby 9nines » Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:37 pm

I am no expert but I think the following is correct:

In weight lifting your body uses sugar (glucose) for fuel. Some comes from stored sugar as glycogen, most of which is stored in your liver. There is also some stored around all muscles (but only enough for quick anaerobic bursts, not sustained workouts.) To keep your body fueled for a lengthy anaerobic workout, like weight lifting, it is good to eat good quality carbohydrates (fruits etc.) before exercising. Do not eat heavy sources such as breads etc., which will use more energy and blood to digest. Most fruits will digest very quickly with much less energy needed to digest them.

Then about an hour after weight lifting, eat something with about 15-20 grasms of protein. I usually eat a few vegetabels and 1/3 cup (dried before cokking) of beans or potatoe and brown rice.

Again, I am no expert so I might be leading you astray but I think the above is correct.

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