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Note this post was updated on 12/9/15 to update affiliate links..
Hi Friends! So I’ve been utilizing Generation UCAN since I started working at the gym and I’ve recently come to think of it as the best kept secret in the performance world. With fall races coming up I thought now would be a good time to post about it!
UCAN was originally developed for children that have glycogen storage deficiency disorder, which induces a chronic state of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) do to the inability to regulate the release of blood sugar from it’s storage form glycogen. (Read about Jonah.) This chronic hypoglycemic state required tube feedings every couple of hours to maintain proper glucose levels. UCAN was developed after it was found that corn starch (Non-GMO) could be cooked in a 40 hour process to become a larger branched molecule that would provide a steady release of glucose in the body for 2 hours. What’s even better is the larger the dose the longer the release (not the more you get at one time.) This improved quality of life by allowing these children to go longer and sleep longer without another feeding.
As you can see the performance and weight loss applications were secondary to the drastic quality of life improvement for children with Jonah’s condition. The steady release of carbohydrates yields a carbohydrate source because it does not elicit and Insulin response. Pretty cool right?
UCAN is now my number one recommendation for pre-workout fuel. Unlike a protein or fat it will give give you the immediate fuel you need. Also, unlike a normal carbohydrate (yes even the healthy ones) it won’t elicit an insulin response.
Energy + Fat Burn = Improved Performance and Increase Fat Utilization
The response from UCAN has been a crucial piece in the development of my client’s success stories and even my own. I use UCAN most often in the afternoon around 3pm to prevent energy crashes. I also use it pre-workout, ESPECIALLY before running or spinning.
I distinctly remember the first time I used it for an endurance event (before the indoor Tri). I felt unstoppable even though I hadn’t trained or done any endurance in months (whoops ha ha)
The thing I really like about it the feeling of unstableness you get without jitters, caffeine, or chemicals. It’s probably one of, if not THE cleanest pre workout product you can get on the market. I tell my clients to think of it as a food because it’s that clean, which is so hard to find. So that’s pretty much it! I can’t wait to utilize it as I amp up my running for the fall race season to see how it changes things for me!
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UCAN Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars (My Favorite)
Stevia/Monk Fruit Sweetened UCAN (other flavors available are currently sweetened with sucralose)
Note, UCAN is a bit chalky for some, I get around that by adding a scoop of amino acids which help break up the chalkyness and help with recovery!
Note Life Time Members can receive 10% off by using the code 157638 on a tub or full box of bars in their club cafe.
*That code will no longer work since I left Life Time, Life Time members can still receive up to 10% off by using a trainer code.
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