Vitamin Timing, and Cycle Order

Discussion in 'Dieting / Supplement Discussion' started by Rowan11088, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. Rowan11088

    Rowan11088 Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Messages:
    2,406
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Hey guys, I have two questions (totally unrelated), that I feel haven't quite been cleared up in the FAQ's or other threads...but please direct me to anything that directly answers either one that I missed.

    1) I just ordered some high quality multivitamins, the NOW Adam Men's formula, details in here:
    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=679835

    When should I take this during the day to optimize absorption? I've often heard that you should take these types of things on an empty stomach to help that, but I've also heard that you should take multi's after a meal so they don't just pass through you...obviously one of these is correct, but I'm not sure :)

    2) More generally, in June when I officially start training for MMA (I'm a varsity rower right now), I want to start by working on my body composition and muscle mass. Is it easier/more effective to put on muscle first, and then lose fat? Or to minimize body fat and then increase muscle while keeping fat levels as constant as possible? I'm leaning towards the first, but maybe that's just because I'm anxious to get jacked :)
     
  2. MikeMartial

    MikeMartial Black Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2006
    Messages:
    6,401
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Lactate Threshold
    It's more a matter of personal preference, but one fact stands to reason: fat helps with absorption of micronutrients. So, in light of that, take 'em with a meal, preferably one that includes good quality fats.

    Don't even bother worrying about it; just go to the gym and work intensely. Your dietary habits, current BF%, body type and carb tolerance, type of training, intensity of training and frequency of training will all go into what happens with your body comp.

    Positive body comp changes are just a side effect of training in MMA, not the main goal.
     
  3. theNuge

    theNuge Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    Messages:
    2,645
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Twin Cities --> Minnesota --> USA
    This was my experience. When I started training BJJ I was pretty flabby. After about a month of hell-like training sessions my body fat decreased and my muscle mass increased. I didn't feel like I was trying to do this; it just happened.

    Hard Work == Positive Results
     
  4. MuyThaiFighter

    MuyThaiFighter Orange Belt

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2007
    Messages:
    377
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'd definitely take a multi and some minerals after your workout. With Adam, I don't think you need an extra mineral supplement, although NOW sells a cheap one so I take one anyway.
     
  5. XTrainer

    XTrainer Red Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2006
    Messages:
    7,898
    Likes Received:
    3
    Just throwing this out there:

    1. What about fiber impairing absorbtion?

    2. I read somewhere that taking your multi with a full stomach of something starchy like oatmeal impairs the absorbtion of the nutrients because the oatmeal supposedly acts as a charcoal-like substance. This seems stupid to me, because even if the oatmeal somehow took in vitamins and minerals, wouldn't they be absorbed by your body later anyway when it digests the oatmeal? Thoughts?
     
  6. MikeMartial

    MikeMartial Black Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2006
    Messages:
    6,401
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Lactate Threshold
    I'd rather substitute impaired for delayed; I don't think this is really a factor, though. A meal containing significant amounts of dietary insoluble and soluble fiber with slow down digestion, and if a multi is taken during this time, theoretically it could enhance absorption. In the end, though, it probably doesn't make a whole pile of difference.

    I'm thinking "no" on this one; I've never heard of oatmeal acting like charcoal; activated charcoal is a highly porous material that DOES absorb pretty much everything it comes into contact with; oatmeal is...well, oatmeal; a grain that gets broken down like everything else.

    Good questions, though, X, as always.
     
  7. yer man

    yer man Orange Belt

    Joined:
    May 5, 2007
    Messages:
    275
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    woodlawn
    just on the topic of vitamins
    am I crazy to be taking 10 GNC mega greens pills each day?
     
  8. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid In search for the Ultimate cup of Coffee

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2007
    Messages:
    2,108
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Nebulo 9

    Yes. I take the same kind and I only take 2 with breakfast. No need for 10.
     
  9. AverageJoe

    AverageJoe Orange Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2006
    Messages:
    340
    Likes Received:
    0
    Since there's already a few unrelated questions here, I'll ask one of my own. Whats with the Aussie Death Carriage Avs?
     
  10. blakethemus

    blakethemus Blake Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2007
    Messages:
    1,337
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Australia
    Nothing to see here. Move along now.
     
  11. stewy37

    stewy37 Guest

    Go visit S&P. You'll find what you're seeking.
     
  12. XTrainer

    XTrainer Red Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2006
    Messages:
    7,898
    Likes Received:
    3
    This was all I could find at the moment. See #4. Now, granted, it's a TC article, not Berardi, Cosgrove, or the like, but there's usually at least a kernal of truth to things like this.
    http://a-musing-me.blogspot.com/2007/06/t-nation-truths.html
     
  13. MikeMartial

    MikeMartial Black Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2006
    Messages:
    6,401
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Lactate Threshold
    Ah yes, he must be refering to phytic acid, toted as an "anti-nutrient". I posted about this here.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.