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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Exercise

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Amino Acid Supplements & Exercise
Question:What, if anything do amino acids do to a person's muscles, when they are taken after exercise? Our son uses them and we know nothing about them or if they are not okay to use.

Answer: Debated, but, don't seem to do anything different than the amino acids one eats every day in ones diet. There are 14 essential amino acids that must be in your diet for your body to function. Most people get sufficient levels in their diet. Eating purified amino acids is an expensive way to get what a balanced diet should supply.

Fat Burning
Question: When exercising what usually burns off first, fat or muscle, and how long does it take before this starts?

Answer: Initially, the energy stores in muscle are used. However, this does not result in loss of muscle mass. Secondly, the fat stores are mobilized to provide calories for energy. Lastly, the body will start metabolizing muscle and other organs to provide energy-this is after all other stores are exhausted.

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