Newell Strength
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Newell Strength

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This past weekend, I had the experience of a lifetime.

My good friend, Action Jackson, invited myself, Suga Shane, my brother in law Nathan and another good friend, Steve Radis, to try and summit Mt. Washington.

These plans were starting to be made in the summer, so it wasnโ€™t on a whim.

Action, Nathan and Sug Shane made the summit. More on that in a later article this week.

I wanted to put my Panda Fasting to the test and that meant fasting during this day long expedition. I had no fear of the physical conditioning aspect of the climb, but you do hear everyone saying you need to bring food, yada yada and on.

I knew there was a potential for cramping, so again, I put the theories to the test, loaded up with the salt โ€˜juiceโ€™ and a carton of tums in case cramping did set in.

The rest of the crew partook as well.

And I can say that besides towards the trail end, cramping was a non-issue and when it did set in a little bit, it was in muscle areas that seldom worked and they werenโ€™t too bad at all.

This should put to rest one of the big fears that people come to me with as far as Panda fasting and performance. Fasting should almost never affect performance, unless you just began to do longer form fasting and you arenโ€™t acclimated to it yet.

You have to view your body fat as food and fuel, because it is. And will always have some glycogen in your liver and muscle to use as fuel before you really begin tapping into your stored body fat.

Your glycogen alone is enough to fuel an hour workout.

When performance drops when people first begin to use the Panda Diet, it is either a mental expectation or because their sodium is too low, which is very common.

I made it ยพ of the way to the top of Mt. Washington, with a lot of gear on and a 30 pound back pack on and performance was A OK.

Plus, your workouts shouldnโ€™t be used for fat loss, thatโ€™s what the fasting is for.

But back to the point at hand, performance should improve when you eat in the fashion of the Panda Diet.

And another thing, because I have ultra endurance athletes that reach out to me regarding the Panda and many of them have gone on 20 mile runs while doing the Black version of the Panda with no dip in performance.

When you are in physical fitness mode, you want to be in the sympathetic nervous system, meaning fight or flight.

When you eat, you have to be in your parasympathetic mode: rest, digest, recover, relax.

So if performance is the name of the game, then stopping to eat is actually costing you rather than helping you.

When you eat, you diver blood flow from your muscles to go to the gut to help with the beginning of digestion. And digestion actually uses up a ton of energy, it doesnโ€™t provide immediate energy.

Eating in an endurance event is an old myth that needs to be taken out to pasture. Salt up and bring some tums if cramping is a concern.

-Kyle Newell



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