This week was a better one. After the realisation of how much work is needed to get through this final year, I cut back my working hours and have given myself enough time for uni and to have a day off a week! This week was a bit of a transition, still working a lot but just knowing that next week it’ll be less chaotic made me feel a lot more optimistic this week.
Our Nutrition and Performance lecture was all about Protein which was totally fascinating as all those lectures have been. Food and nutrition are such complex things and they’re so important for our physical and mental health. It’s crazy how much misinformation is out there and how little a lot of people know. Myself included before this training. It’s amazing how much I’ve learnt over the last year. We had a tutorial also on protein, unfortunately our tutor decided we would be put into groups virtually to make posters rather than actually learn anything. So, I decided to leave the session and put the time to better use. I made the decision going into this year, that I would not attend sessions which wouldn’t benefit my degree or which would waste time. That’s become a really valuable decision with the amount of work to do this year, wasting time is just silly.
Our lecture for our research project this week was a bundle of activities instead (which just consisted of 7 videos to watch, it was interesting but all stuff we learnt last year. I had a meeting with my project supervisor which was really useful to provide me with a little more direction and focus so I know where I’m going and what I need to do next. More on that next week when I have a little more time to get cracking with it.
All in all, a good week, productive and I felt a lot more positive about the year to come.
Personal learning this week: Just knowing a break is coming can have the same impact on outlook as actually having the break.
Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:
- Broscience is a thing?!?!?!?! – “Broscience is the predominant brand of reasoning in bodybuilding circles where the anecdotal reports of jacked dudes are considered more credible than scientific research.” Definition from Urban Dictionary… I despair.
- Protein and BCAAs during exercise are pointless – unless you’re doing ultraendurance exercise (>2/3hours) where you might start to break down your muscle protein for energy, you do not need to consume protein during a workout. It is totally pointless and a waste of money and nutrients.
- Muscle protein synthesis is energy dependent – this means that if you do not have enough carbohydrates and glucose in the body then you cannot repair and build muscle as quickly and efficiently. Protein + carbohydrates post-exercise for optimal muscle growth and repair. Also, this doesn’t have to be straight after exercising, within 2/3 hours is fine.