A Wilson


I am 6'3". I am 50 years of age. I started working out at 19 after I read Arnold's book, The Education of A Bodybuilder.

I enjoyed my time trying to be big.

But I had health problems that seemed to come along with bigger muscles: hypertension, anxiety, sweating, chronic fatigue, upset, nauseated stomach and a occasional heart palpitations. They seemed to be linked together. I could never understand it.

And I could never get rid of it. O, how I tried.

I could not get satisfactory answers from any doctors or anyone that I talked to.

So I did my own personal research and could only come up with one conclusion.

Bigger muscles (i.e. trying to increase and inflate the muscle mass Type IIB muscle fibers associated with size and strength) did not increase fat metabolism at all. It increased carbohydrate metabolism.

The hype about bigger muscles increasing your metabolism is just that: pure marketing hype.

Why do I say that?

Because physiologically, the Type IIB muscle fibers do not contain mitochondria in great numbers at all. They contain precious few.

And mitochondria are the cell organelles where fat is broken down to produce Adenosine TriPhosphate (ATP), the energy currency of the cell.

This occurs in mitochondria in what is known as the Krebs Cycle.

If there is little mitochondria in an "ordinary-sized" Type IIB muscle fiber, how is there going to be more in a hypertrophied Type IIB muscle fiber.

If it happens, I never read it.

That is what I have concluded from physiology and my own health problems when trying to be big like a bodybuilder.

God bless all.

Special Note: The book in print is not the Icarus book. I have written two books to illuminate my understanding and the understanding of others who wish to here the truth, not marketing falsehoods about wildly increasing fat metabolism. Thanks to all who have bought and/or downloaded my books.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Toronto. I would say in grade two I learned to read by myself, and I did not have the problems that I saw others kid when reading. Some kids were challenged by reading. They put rulers down under the line to read. I was reading Mr. Mugs. I loved to read. When I was in high school/grade 9, I would go to a library near the school and I would read all the science fiction short stories books that I could check out of that library. Science Fiction Nebula short stories. All kind of beautiful science fiction short stories that only I can seem to remember now and that only exist up inside the attic of my memories. They were so amazing. I did not grow up dreaming that I would want to be a writer, but I think the adage 'readers are leaders' can be true to help you to write and express what is in your heart and soul and what you are burning to share with others.
When did you first start writing?
I started making a diary every time I went to Florida with my parents. I should say journal, not diary. We would go to Florida (Daytona Beach) every year and I would be the family documenter of what we did and where we went in those journals. I put my feelings and emotions in those journals. I swore in those journals. I saw that the journals could be powerful emotional outlets because I could release the storms inside my soul inside those journals and in some way release the inner pressure that my emotions were bringing to bear on myself from consuming me. My parents never read those journals and so they became a private safe for me to hide away the secret writings that were for my eyes only.
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Where to buy in print


The Rise and Fall of A Modern-Day Icarus
Price: Free! Words: 136,300. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 31, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Are you lifting weights because you want to develop more muscle mass? Why do most think that more muscle mass leads to an increase of resting fat metabolism? When you hypertrophy your muscles, you are enlarging Type IIb muscle fibres, which are glycolytic. There is an increase of carbohydrate metabolism, not fat metabolism. I have had problems with stress. Read my life-struggle to understand why.

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