Glutamine has to be one of the most talked about nutrition supplements of the past decade or so. Sadly, when something becomes very popular like glutamine has someone smells dollars and starts throwing out bad advice to sell products. I was actually asked by my training partner today about glutamine after he told me that a friend of his uses it about four times during the course of the day.
Well skinny-fat people who have a pot belly but skinny arms need to be careful of using glutamine for a few reasons. Let me start out by saying that I think glutamine is a good product but like anything else,some company wanted to come out with a more advanced version of the product and tries to make you believe that this new type is better than the rest. Oh you couldn’t be more wrong.
For one, glutamine is a very good nutrition supplement because it actually can help restore proper and healthy function to the gut. Think of all of the bad food and stress that is in our lives today. Not to mention the hormones that are thrown into our meats as well. All of these things contribute to GI issues and an upset stomach.
Well glutamine helps to clean up the gut and that is a good thing. Another benefit is for low carb dieters. Without carbs in your diet, you’ll have a hard time recovering from intense training like you would with the Physique Formula so something has to give right? Well glutamine can act like a carb since our body will then turn glutamine into glucose to replenish the lost glucose in our muscles from our training session.
Glutamine has also been shown to speed recovery in burn patients. Now this is where I say that you have to be careful of glutamine. Sure it can aid in recovery and the ability to hold onto muscle but that is only when you take it through I.V. or when you use it in huge amounts of upwards of 40 grams per day. At that amount, glutamine becomes expensive.
So do I think that someone who is looking to build muscle and lose fat should use glutamine? If you have been training hard for awhile and need something to help you recover more then I would say go ahead and use large amounts of glutamine for a short period of time. That’s where I find glutamine most beneficial.
Now if you are trying to build muscle and lose fat then I think you need to focus on intense hard training, intervals and sound nutrition principles. Then look into glutamine.