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Now look at the right side of the above diagram, the sources. To keep you alive, your body needs two things, plain energy to burn in the form of carbs or fat and then amino acids in the form of protein. Your body has an amazing series of emergency backup system to keep you alive should food be scarce. Your stomach is the gas tank for ordinary use. Your bodyfat is the backup up generator to be turned on when food is scarce. And your muscles are the emergency backup, your body wont turn on this nuclear power plant to cannibalize muscle unless its a DIRE emergency. Energy can come from any of the three systems but amino acids can only come from the stomach or the muscles.
Speaking of overtraining, lets talk about the other kind of rest, the time between workouts. How much rest you need between workouts depends a lot on your experience level. Beginners can workout every day or every other day where as an advanced bodybuilder would have to wait 3-6 days between workouts. Please note that when I say that an advanced bodybuilder needs 3-6 days between workouts, I mean for a particular bodypart. For example if you are advanced and workout chest on Monday then you shouldnt workout chest again till Thursday at the earliest. Its fine to do legs on Tuesday, back on Wednesday though!