Remember the Heaven’s* Gate people? The ones that believed that behind the recent comet was a space ship that would—after they shed their earthly bodies–transport them home. Believed it so much they committed mass suicide to join the space ship.
Now could people-not dumb by any means, buy into such a stupid idea? Two factors explain it. First, they heard the same false messages, again and again from their leader, the people they talked to every day and in magazines. Surrounded by false messages. Hear false messages long enough, often enough, human nature takes over and the mind adopts something false as true. Second, they took a scientific truth—there was a comet—and then added silly stuff about space ships. A little knowledge is dangerous.
This blend of half-scientific fact, half stupidity is alive and well in dog nutrition. While believing in totally false or outdated ideas about dog nutrition won’t make you kill yourself, it does something maybe almost as bad. You waste. You waste money. You waste opportunity. You waste dogs. You waste time. You waste effort Waste it all on false ideas, endless trial-and-error that ends in frustration. And like the comet people, waste it all for no other reason than because part of what you hear sounds true, therefore you think the whole idea must be true.
Recently, there’s been a rash of articles that follow the some half science-half made up nonsense. Because part of what’s written is actually scientifically valid– the other part being 100% baloney–the whole thing tends to sound accurate. And since it in writing, it can look official. But virtually without exception, this information almost always is either obsolete, totally false or just made up. Some of these falsehoods are just silly, but some can actually harm dogs, especially pups. A little knowledge is dangerous.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that there’s a way out of this trap.that keeps you like a rat in a maze taking 2 steps forward, 1 backwards with bogus information. The real question is Who, what, why to listen to. The solution is easy, and these days, it’s cheap. Especially compared to the cost of knowing just enough to hurt your dog.
The solution is called sports science. A real science. Which means generations of bright guys spending serious money over many decades to discover just what makes the canine body so special. What natural laws, principles and proven cycles govern the canine body, and how to work with these powerful forces to coax out more horsepower. The fact that this information has been hidden away in isolated scientific journals, combined with the fact that it does not promote dog food, so pet companies have not spoken of it, means it might as well not exist. To fill in this knowledge vacuum, the half -truth BS continues. But these facts do occur, they are real, and if you pay attention, it can help you make smart choices and stop wasting time and money and dogs.
This has never been more true than in a recent article regarding carbohydrate loading for dogs. A great example of cornet thinking. Here’s the mixture. One part scientific fact, one part outdated nonsense presented as fact.
What’s the scientifically accurate part? Way back in 1967, scientists discovered the more carbohydrates the human body is able to store into glycogen, the longer you can exercise. What’s glycogen? A kind of a starch stored in muscle and liver tissue. All this means is you eat a curb containing food, like a potato, which is then digested down into simple glucose, then reassembled into longer glucose strings in tissue. This curb glycogen is then broken down during exercise to provide fuel to muscle tissue, the brain, etc. As a by-product, it also forms lactic acid. More on that later.
Sports scientists in Europe came up with a plan to stock more glycogen and called it curb loading. The original plan involved a depletion stage in which carbohydrates were withheld while the athlete worked out. After this depletion stage, a period of high carb intake occurred. This resulted in a supercompensation of glycogen. However, this first curb-loading plan has been discounted and passed over because of many serious side effects. In dogs trying to make weight, it has very serious pitfalls. As you’ll see, there’s a new method that delivers even better overall results, without the side effects.
A partial list of the side effects from depletion stage is listed in table 1. Bad as they are, there’s a worse one. The scientific evidence is in—carb loading on dogs, especially using the depletion state, does little to increase performance over a regular diet and rest. In fact, well controlled scientific studies at prestigious research centers showed time and again, highly conditioned sled dogs performed better, used less glycogen, used more fat, had more fat-burning ability within muscle cells, produced less lactic acid and had up to 50% greater ability to process oxygen than when on lower curb diets. These are the scientific facts, comparing both high and low curb diets on dogs, head to head.
These studies measured not just performance, but also important blood values like hemoglobin, Vol Max and other markers scientists use to pin down which diet and workout plan work, and which don’t. And for dogs—not humans– what diet worked best to increase endurance? Surprise–a diet that followed these basics:
• Less than about 30% protein reduced oxygen transporting ability of blood, and other negative changes.
• Less than about 20% fat increased lactic acid build up, rapidly depleted glycogen stores, and other negative changes.
But why, if carbohydrate loading works on humans, does it more often than not actually decrease canine performance? Aren’t dogs and humans identical in this way? Read on.
Carbohydrates, when burned, release their energy that ends up as ATP. As a by-product, lactic acid is also produced. The more carbohydrates burned, the more muscle energy and the more lactic acid produced. It’s that kind of world. Metabolic checks and balances. Lactic acid (H4-) is the 500-lb. gorilla. It drops pH in muscle. Turns off very, very, very important muscle energy enzymes. Causes the familiar pain and burn. Muscle energy slows, then stops. 5o while more lactic acid shows that more muscle energy is available, too much means extreme fatigue, and as Vince Lombardi said long ago, fatigue makes cowards of the bravest athlete.
Figure 2. The dark gray bars are muscle glycogen content. The light gray is liver glycogen. The first two bars on the left show how much is stored using the old method. the hats on the right show how much using the new method presented in this article. Muscle stays the same, while liver energy jumps many fold. The new method by-passes the side effects of the old method.
So all carbs are bad for dogs? You might think so after seeing the facts. But things change in science, new studies are published, knowledge expands, we understand the body better, and thereby find improved ways to extract more performance out of it. And not fight against it. Guess who wins that battle. There’s been two major scientific breakthroughs that provide a much improved way. enabling conditioners to gain more benefits from carbohydrates, while avoiding the down sides.
1. Now there’s a recent and very powerful customized carbohydrate mix so effective and proven it’s actually been granted a patent. It breaks the old rules, giving the conditioner much greater power and control over the dog’s muscle performance. It’s technically a 4-carbon molecule’that delivers the same energy per gram energy as old carbohydrates, but unlike any other carb in the world, this one actually neutralizes lactic acid! I’ll say it again. Instead of producing more lactic acid like the old carbohydrates, this one actually gets rid of lactic acid! It’s found in CYTOMAX.
2. A new and much improved method of giving carbohydrates to athletes comes from Dr. Sherman. He set out to discover if he could somehow achieve the increased glycogen stores gained during carb loading, but somehow avoid the many pitfalls of the depletion stage and the accompanying muscle damage, etc., which often cancel out the increased glycogen advantages. Guess what? He did it. And as far as muscle glycogen, the results are essentially identical to the depletion method, but without the drawbacks. His system is deceptively simple. He increased carbohydrate intake the last three days before an event with almost total rest. That’s it. And glycogen built in muscle tissue to very high degrees. In the real world of human athletics, bre Sherman’s plan is what athletes follow instead of depleting carbohydrates, far and away. So is Dr. Sherman’s method just an unproven idea that jocks use, and scientific studies don’t back up? Nape. The scientific community agrees, and in fact, Dr. Sherman’s method is listed in sports science texts as the preferred method.
With all the problems resulting from the 30-year-old method, and from too many carbohydrates, too little fat in general, why would anybody use it on today’s dogs? Outdated, counterproductive and actually dangerous, why? The more important question is—how and why could anybody seriously write an article today pretending to reflect science and what works in the real world while promoting this disproven and outdated method. It means one of two things. First, the author of the article promoting carb depletion and loading disagrees with the overwhelming scientific evidence, and has his own proof. Which is impossible, because such proof does not exist. Second and much worse, the author was not aware that these facts even existed, and was just perpetuating the old part fact, part baloney nonsense that keeps conditioners from getting the•most from their dogs. Either way, it’s the comet thinking.
So that you can see for yourself why the ultra high curb diets and products don’t work for dogs, I’ve included a short list of scientific references. This is a partial list only. But it’s important to be able to look at actual proof regarding any feeding plan, and especially any idea tossed out as pretending to reflect the most up to date and accurate science as the previous carb loading article attempted to do. Call or write 6PRL and we’ll show you how easy it is to locate these and other important discoveries using your home computer. Or contact us and we’ll send you the reports directly.
Knowledge is power. But a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
1. Acta Physiologicalica Scandinavica. 71, pg. 140-150, 1967. (first curb loading method from Europe)
2. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 30: pg. 419-430, 1976. (how and why excess carbohydrates, low fat reduces canine performance. Ir dogs.)
3. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 2, pg. 1-15, 1981. (Dr. Sherman’s updated curb method)
4. Journal of Nutrition. 124, pg. 2754-2759, 1994. (high fats diet increase canine performance)
Figure 1 Normal is good. Improved is even better. It means the body is recharging all its energy systems in a healthy, anabolic fashion from the hard work from the preceding weeks. It’s good because there’s enough to worry about before contests. Making weight is much easier, for one. Means you can focus on the other important details that are often the determining factors of failure or success.
So how to apply this scientific stuff to enable your dog perf6rm better?
1- FIRST, USE ONLY HUMAN GRADE FOODS FOR CANINE ATHLETES weikkept secret that’s starting to come out in the news, new antibiotic resistant strains of highly toxic Et colt and salmonella are in the US meat supply. Watch the news. in dog food, even though they use unfit for human meats, these microbes are cooked out But in dog supplements, there is a real danger because they use the same 4D meats (dead, diseased, disabled and dying) as dog food, but are not cooked so the microbes and contamination are still there. In contrast, human grade products use safe raw materials, and are made in clean, sanitary conditions The products are pure and safe enough for infants and pro athletes. How to know if the product is pure and safe enough? Easy. Go to a health food store and buy human products.
2-INCREASE-CARBOHYDRATES THE LAST 3 DAYS
Don’t deplete carbohydrates. Simply and sensibly increase carbohydrates the last three days. But not at the expense of fat intake! Its called balance.
3- GIVE THE RIGHT KIND OF CARBOHYDRATES Tests proves the carbohydrates in Cyomtax actually reduce lactic acid up to 40%1 while stocking liver glycogen many times more effectively. Using the old carbohydrates just makes lactic acid worse.
4-UNDERSTAND EXCESS CARBOHYDRATES OFTEN DECREASES. PERFORMANCE INSTEAD OF BOOSTING IT
More is not better where carbs and dogs are concerned, especially when given with too little fat. It causes excess and unnecessary lactic acid. So in trying to increase performance, your dog will actually do worse.
5- KEEP FAT LEVELS AT PROPER LEVELS. Limiting fat to a major degree the last three days is a direct path to excess lactic acid and metabolic fatigue severe enoLiash to suddenly stop the show.