Most people who train are trying to increasing muscular endurance, burn more fat, and/or build more muscle. While there are supplements that can help people reach most of their training goals, there are very few products that can help them reach those three desires. But today’s product highlight is the exception to the rule, and it shows in the results of users. The product is a carbohydrate based powder, but it is not just any old carbohydrate powder, this product is the one and only GlycoLoad from Metabolic Nutrition!
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering why Metabolic would even consider producing a carbohydrate powder. I mean, doesn’t Metabolic know that for decades now we have been told to cut back our carbs in order to stay lean (stop the storage of carbs into body fat)? And, while it is true that carbs can cause harm, we have to remember one key detail: not all carbs are created equally. Think about it. There are carbs in white bread, and there are carbs in oatmeal; yet there is a huge difference between a slice of bread and a half cup of oats. Similarly, the carbs you get in supplements are not all the same. Most of the time, the carbohydrates in a supplement come from Maltodextrin, Fructose, cane sugar, sugar, corn syrup solids, or ones used as a sweetener ( Xylitol, Erythritol, or other sugar alcohols).
One of the most common carbohydrates used is Maltodextrin. Maltodextrin usually comes from genetically modified corn, and it is commonly found in most boxed foods at the supermarket. It is often used as a filler or a thickening agent. It can also be used as a stand-alone carb source in various protein powders or pre workout powders. As with most carb sources, there are pros and cons to using Maltodextrin. Let’s review:
-Pro: Maltodextrin is popular among many bodybuilders because it’s a source of rapid digesting carbohydrates (Those who engage in high intensity activity, hardgainers, and those who pay no attention to a 150 on the glycemic index are usually ok with using Maltodextrin).
-Con: It can cause a rapid insulin spike, (That can be a good thing, at times, but it can be bad if your body doesn’t metabolize all those carbohydrates) and a good majority of carbs from Maltodextrin can easily be stored as body fat.
-Con: Since Maltodextrin is the product of a chemical hydrolysis, it can (and has been shown to) cause intestinal inflammation since our digestive tracts aren’t always strong enough to handle that much at once. (Our bodies, however, can handle the small amounts that are naturally occurring in fruits).
-Con: (This one is also the main reason I typically don’t suggest Maltodextrin) It has been shown to suppress the body’s natural growth of beneficial bacteria.
As you can all see, there are a lot more cons than pros when it comes to using Maltodextrin as a carbohydrate source. Another carb powder became popular a few years ago as well is known as Waxy Maize, but its popularity did not last once it proved to be more hype than anything. Waxy Maize was originally marketed to be a fast digesting carbohydrate, but the science behind it showed it to be less effective than eating white bread as a way of getting fast digesting carbohydrates.
So, enough about the carbs that aren’t worth the hype. It’s time to get to the good stuff, and Metabolic Nutrition GlycoLoad is definitely good stuff! So what makes this product different from the other carb products? Well, here at Southern Muscle, our humble opinion is that GlycoLoad is the most versatile carbohydrate product there is! Honestly, how many carbohydrate products do you know of that can help consumers lose weight, burn fat, build muscle, or train for high intensity and endurance activities? The only one is Metabolic Nutrition GlycoLoad, which uses a carbohydrate known as Highly Branched Cyclic Cluster Dextrin (or Cyclic Dextrin).
GlycoLoad has all the pros we want in a good carbohydrate powder with none of the cons! Unlike your typical Dextrose or Maltodextrin based powders, Cyclic Dextrin has a fast gastric emptying (in other words, it quickly absorbs through the gut without causing inflammation like Maltodextrin can). Did you know that most carb products sold in stores don’t fully absorb into your digestive tract? Many times, carbs linger in your digestive tract and never make their way into your bloodstream (your muscle cells never receive the carbs they need to use during your workout). Since the carbs are not properly absorbed, inflammation occurs. The good news is, Cluster Dextrin changes the supplement carb game. Cluster Dextrin has a high molecular weight, and is highly absorbable in water. One of the things that makes this carbohydrate truly special is that it also helps keep your insulin levels steady. It also does not linger in your stomach, but it quickly goes from the lower part of your intestinal tract straight into your bloodstream without causing a rapid insulin spike.
A study published in the journal Food Science and Technology Researchcompared swimmers who took Cluster Dextrin to those who used other carbohydrate sources. The test was performed as a double-blind placebo controlled study. Results showed that the swimmers who took Cluster Dextrin were able to swim 70 percent longer than swimmers who took a drink containing water and three different carbohydrate sources (Glucose, Sucrose, or Maltose). These results were produced because Cluster Dextrin has been shown to stay in the blood for longer than other carbohydrate sources. In other words, this carbohydrate is readily available to you during your hard training sessions. This means with GlycoLoad you will have more energy to help you do more reps in any given exercise; and this will lead to more muscle pumps, more muscle size, and more strength! Do you like to swim? Just like in the study I mentioned, GlycoLoad will help you swim more laps. Are you a runner? GlycoLoad will allow more carbs in your bloodstream to help you run longer. If you’re trying to lose weight, GlycoLoad will help you do more reps and give you more energy, regardless of which kind of cardio you’re doing, to help you burn more fat!
But, Metabolic Nutrition didn’t just use the perfect carbohydrate for your workouts. They knew that their product would be used by serious trainees, and they know serious trainees sweat. So, they added Glycerol to GlycoLoad to make sure you stay hydrated. They also added 300 milligrams each of Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium (in a highly absorbable Glycerol Gluconate form). Vitamins B3, B6, and B12 were also added for energy production. In order to help with blood sugar support, GlycoLoad contains a highly absorbable form of Chromium known as Chromium Polynicotinate (sometimes known as GTF Chromium). This form of Chromium is bonded with a form of B3 to help with Chromium’s absorption. There have been many studies that have shown Chromium’s effectiveness in helping balance blood sugar levels, especially in people with type 2 Diabetes. Lastly, Metabolic Nutrition added two amino acid blends to aid in your workouts and help Cluster Dextrin speed up recovery in your working muscles. GlycoLoad contains the popular Tri-Pep blend of branched chain amino acids, L-Glutamine for gut health and muscle recovery, Glycine and L-Alanine.
GlycoLoad comes in six delicious flavors, as well as an unflavored option. GlycoLoad can be used alone in water, or stacked with your favorite pre workout powder. It also stacks well with Creatine, BCAA’s, or your favorite protein powder if you want to use it post workout, or any time of the day you choose.
As you can see, Metabolic Nutrition GlycoLoad is not just any carbohydrate product. It is, hands down, one of the best carbohydrate products you can ever try! If you’re ready to give Metabolic Nutrition GlycoLoad a try, swing on by to any of our three Southern Muscle locations to pick up a container. It surely will not dissapoint!
Ricky Seda has been in the supplement retail/health food business for almost ten years. He has managed many stores in the Philadelphia/Tampa Bay area. He is passionate about making sure each customer gets the care, knowledge, and best supplement for that person’s needs. He has spent countless hours researching proper supplementation and has worked with numerous brand representatives over the years to learn everything he can about every product he sells. He is currently enrolled at Trinity School of Health and is a full-time Sales Associate at Southern Muscle Tampa. He can be reached on Instagram @rickythesuppsguy if anyone has a supplement question, also via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.