Advocate for EXERCISE

Advocate for EXERCISE

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Advocate for EXERCISE

April 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

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2 Reviews of Advocate for EXERCISE

  1. Registered: Feb 26, 2007

    Posts: 0

    Chicago, Illinois

    That’s interesting. Do you think the exercise affected your levels that much or the dietary control? Are you able to eat more with all the working out than you normally can? I have heard different things about the effects of exercise on phe levels — one that it helps you metabolize phe, but i have also heard that exercise can make you break down phe too fast and raise your levels. I would be interested in any information you have.

  2. Registered: Feb 15, 2011

    Posts: 0

    Macomb, Michigan

    I am no expert on this particular topic by any means, but from the research I have done and from what I learned in my exercise science and biology classes both are true. My phe levels are as low as they were when I was in my infancy. There was a period of time when I was exercising (running and lifting weights) and experiencing high levels. The difference between this time and last time was my calorie intake. I have learned in my biology class as well as my exercise science classes that if you expend more calories than you take in then your body “eats itself.” I am a little unclear about this next point, but I am still fairly certain. If the body uses more energy than it is receiving the body breaks down the muscles as a form of replenishment, thus increasing phe levels.

    Now, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS consult your dietician before you start any exercise program but here is what I do. It works for me.

    1-2 hours before a work out I ingest 670 calories

    Workout routine: Upper Body:
    3 sets of 8-12 reps of positive (normal lifting weight varied by specific goals in mind) style lifting in the arms, chest, back, shoulders, and abs
    3 sets of 10 reps of negative (resistance training is with a weight that is over your max positive lifting only moving into the start position from the end position with a spotter) weight training in the arms, chest, back, and shoulders

    Then I run 2 miles as fast as I can (approx in 14 min) then I run for the following 46 min averaging at about 7 miles each run.

    No more than 20 minutes after a workout routine I always ingest another 670 calories

    (I burn 700 calories running alone)

    Again, talk to your dietician before you start an exercise program, but a properly monitored and managed diet can have great benefits, and not only in the phe management department!! =)

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