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Guest Post: Can You Build Muscle On A Low Carb Diet?

Ben Greenfield's Low-Carber brother, Zach Greenfield

Ben Greenfield’s Low-Carber brother, Zach Greenfield

Do you doubt that you can build muscle on a low carbohydrate diet because your muscles don’t have enough “fuel?” This is a common argument: that a low carb diet doesn’t give your muscles enough glycogen to produce a forceful contraction for muscle building and simultaneously robs you of precious protein-based amino acids for adequate repair and recovery.

I beg to differ.

First, it’s not just your waistline and hips that store fat. Your muscles actually store intramuscular fat and can call on this more immediate source of fat for energy if required. This fat is stored in the muscle tissue itself in the form of fat droplets. Because of its physical proximity to exercising muscles, it can be a very convenient source of fuel, especially for well-trained athletes who have higher levels of the fat burning enzyme lipoprotein lipase. They are able to utilize this fat source earlier and more efficiently than untrained individuals.

But that’s not all.

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