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Jun 10, 2011, 4:07 AM

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Re: [jt512] GLYCOGEN STORES: To Deplete or Not?
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Wow, I've never read a thread full of quite so much misinformation in my life.

Glycogen depletion will not necessarily increase recovery time.

A heavy pump and/or burn is not indicative of glycogen depletion. It is indicative of lactic acid and other metabolite buildup within a given muscle.

Glycogen depletion can occur rather quickly if somewhat fasted before activity. For example, doing 4-5 sets of high rep bicep curls will likely deplete glycogen stores of the bicep muscles.

Once Glycogen stores are depleted, you will not necessarily burn muscle/proteins. The process is called glyconeogenesis (proteins are converted to glucose). In all likelyhood, your body will begin using oxidative pathways to burn fat. In fact, a given muscle will not burn fat if it still has glucose for fuel. So, glycogen stores must be depleted under normal circumstances for said muscle to burn fat.

(This post was edited by patrickh on Jun 10, 2011, 4:09 AM)

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