Note: No more than 30—60 minutes before breakfast
Whey protein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 g
Sports drink (Gatorade) . . . . . . 20 oz.
Carnitine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1—3 g
Beta-ecdysterone . . . . . . . . . . 100 mg
When you wake in the morning, your body is literally attacking your muscle protein for fuel, a condition known as catabolism. This is bad news for a bodybuilder; to stop the process, you need fast-digesting protein and carbs. The amino acids from whey get into your bloodstream superquick and stop your body from feeding on your cherished muscle mass. Any leftover aminos then flow to your battle-worn muscles to help with repairs.
During the course of a night’s sleep your levels of liver glycogen (carbs stored in your liver) are depleted and by morning are very low, which then has your body homing in on the glycogen in your muscles for fuel. Consuming a fast-digesting sports drink first thing in the morning will quickly restock your liver glycogen and prevent your body from tapping into your muscle protein.
With your body in get-big mode, carnitine can increase the number of androgen receptors in your muscles, what testosterone binds to so as to facilitate growth. Since testosterone levels are highest in the morning, the more of these receptors you have, the more Big T can do its mass-enhancing thing. Plus, carnitine relies on insulin to get into muscle cells, so taking it with whey and a sports drink ensures optimum insulin levels.
Topping off the cocktail is betaecdysterone, which increases protein synthesis (the cellular process that leads to muscle growth). Taking your first dose in the morning with the other supplements means your body is prepped to grow even before you lift your first weight.