Did you know that your muscles come under attack when you wake up every morning? Because you have been ‘fasting’ all night long, your body is craving and literally eating up its own muscle mass. Unless you take in something before you hit the sack that would last you throughout the night, your body needs some serious refueling when you get up. And to fuel your brain, your body converts amino acids from your muscles into glucose. There are 5 ways to stop this process and work with the necessary evil. Here are 5 supplements for morning muscle growth.
There is no faster digesting protein than whey. If you intake some whey protein, it refuels it ASAP to get it back on track. This is good for you, especially those who are serious about training. Be sure to drink 20 grams first thing—within minutes it will stop muscle breakdown and start building the muscle back up. And we know a lot of you take a protein shake for convenience purposes for breakfast, and that is totally okay! We recommend Allmax IsoFlex for whey isolate and BioX Power Whey Complex for whey blend.
You also want to add 5-10 grams of branched-chain amino acids to your whey shake. BCAAs refer to the three amino acids, leucine, isoleucine and valine, which are the most critical aminos for muscle growth. Since these amino acids are absorbed almost as soon as they are consumed, they will get to your muscles quickly to help halt muscle catabolism (breakdown) and turn on the anabolic (building) switch. Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy is a good and balanced BCAA supplement!
The good news about the morning is that testosterone levels are at their highest of the day, and you can use this to your advantage. To maximize testosterone’s anabolic effects, take 2–3 grams of carnitine to increase the number of receptors for testosterone inside muscle cells. PVL L-Carnitine (capsules) is awesome, and if you want it in liquid form, we suggest you to try Allmax Liquid L-Carnitine.
A recent study found that caffeinated coffee kept cortisol levels high in the morning, and even decaf kept it slightly higher than drinking water. The caffeine may interact with other chemicals in coffee to keep cortisol levels raised, which will increase muscle breakdown. Taking a caffeine supplement can give you the morning jolt you need without keeping cortisol as high. Our customers like 4Ever Fit Caffeine for a straight caffeine supplement or Cellucor C4 Extreme for a nice stimulant.
Also consider starting your day with a multivitamin/mineral complex. Research shows that intense training can deplete essential micronutrients, which then slows muscle growth and strength gains. A good multi will cover all your bases. A lot of people has relied on the Animal Pak for their multivit needs. Now Food’s ADAM is another multivit that hits the top 5 chart.