There are a lot of supplements out there clambering for your attention, promising to mold and shape you into a Greek god.  Science is a wonderful thing and the advances in supplements that have hit the market can definitely help you attain your goal a bit faster.  However, it’s important to have everything in order before counting on some sort of magic pill to give you the results you seek.  I’m begging you to use supplements as just that, a supplement.  Get your nutrition plan in place and work your ass of in the gym; then, and only then, will you get the true benefit of adding supplements. 

Now that the warning label has been slapped on this article, let me talk to you about perhaps the most overlooked supplement on the market.  It may not have the bright flashy label and promise to make you 300% stronger in just two workouts, but the results it can help provide should not be skipped over.  When you start to look at workout supplements there are very few products out there that can hold a candle to Branch Amino Acids (BCAAs) when it comes to preventing muscle catabolism (breakdown), and muscle synthesis (recovery).

 BCAAs for Fat Loss

 

Before we go any further, let’s quickly discuss what BCAAs are.  BCAA’s consists of three essential amino acids - leucine, isoleucine, and valine.  They are said to be essential because your body can not make them. Thus, you must ingest them. 

BCAA’s have been shown to help:

1. Reduce Fatigue - BCAAs can be burned for energy, thus helping maintain ATP energy levels during exercise. BCAAs can also help inhibit tryptophan, which increases fatigue. 

2. Reduce Muscle Soreness and Accelerated Recover - Several studies have shown that BCAA supplementation has led to reduced muscle soreness compared to a control group, allowing you train more frequently.

3. Improved Use of Fat for Energy - Isoleucine has been shown to improve glucose tolerance and leucine increases energy expenditure and fat oxidation.

 

People’s main goals when they workouts are:

1. Lose fat

2. Increase Muscle

3. Increase Performance or Stamina 

 

Especially when it comes to losing weight, there are a few components that must be accomplished in order to attaining this goal.  You will have to put yourself into some sort of calorie deficit or restriction, as well as up your activity levels.  While this is no secret, there are several things that come along with dropping your calories and entering into an intense training program.  First, you will most likely run into a drop in energy. Training can be mentally draining, and perhaps more disheartening is the fact that the leaner you get the more difficult it will be to continue getting results without being very disciplined.

Branched Chain Amino Acids can be added to your arsenal to fight against your body’s unwillingness to change. 

Beyond the benefits listed above, BCAAs have also can be used to scare away your hunger pains, as they can be used as a zero calorie replacement between meals. With benefits like this, BCAAs are worth adding to your training program. 

Yours in Health,

Ben

 

Quality Sports Nutrition

 

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