Coach Robb, from coachrobb.com presents an excellent explanation between anabolic and catabolic processes of the body. Catabolism (not to be confused with cannibalism) is when the body doesn’t get enough calories, proteins and recovery calories and therefore, begins to tear itself down. The body requires carbohydrates, proteins, and good ‘fats’ for optimum performance. If there is a high level of or workouts, the body seeks the proteins that it needs. There are many facets to the topic of catabolic which includes appropriate food and sleep to keep the body in balance. This balance will allow the production the proper systemic hormones that maintain the methods in which your body uses recovery calories without seeking alternative sources.