How do I know while working out that I'm burning my fat and not the muscles?

Question : How do I know while working out that I'm burning my fat and not the muscles?

Answer : I am a sports Nutrition coach, consider this. During weight training /Anaerobic exercise, without sufficient energy from muscle glycogen (our body can store between 200 to 400 grams depending on body and muscle capacity) and liver glycogen (our body can store about 80 to 100 grams) our bodies have the natural ability to break down muscle tissue for use as an energy source. 




This process is known as gluconeogenesis, which is the production of glucose from non- carbohydrate sources. The part of the reaction that pertains to our discussion is known as the glucose – alanine cycle. During this cycle BCAAs (three of the essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valine) are stripped from the muscle tissue and parts of then are converted to the amino acid alanine, which is transported to the liver and converted to glucose. If you supplement with BCAAs the body does not have to break down muscle tissue to derive extra energy.

Intra workout carbohydrates, Pre workout complex carbohydrates keep your muscle glycogen stores replenished or Intra workout BCAA’s will help in intense workouts.

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