Catabolism is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of bodybuilders. It is the process by which the body begins to break down muscle to be used for energy. Doing too much cardio can cause catabolism. Not eating enough will cause catabolism. Catabolism is obviously something bodybuilders want to avoid. While it is not possible to completely eliminate catabolism, there are things that can be done to reduce catabolism.
When doing cardio, sip on a mixture of BCAAs and Glutamine. These have been shown to reduce catabolism. The body utilizes the BCAAs and the glutamine to keep skeletal muscle high and BCAA oxidation low. This slows down catabolism.
If you are trying to cut fat you likely use a lower calorie, carb depleted eating plan. This puts your body into a prime state for catabolism. One tip is to drink a mixture of BCAAs and glutamine every three hours. Again, this slows down the catabolic response of the body.
The utilization of BCAAs and glutamine will help you maintain the muscle you worked so hard to gain. At the same time, you can work at removing fat from your body. It is one of those times when supplementation becomes very important. You will want to avoid catabolism at all costs and this is one very effective way.