The impact that a good supplement can have on your overall fitness experience cannot be understated, and anyone who has used BCAAs for weight loss knows this to be true. So how do BCAA’s make this happen?
To begin with, BCAA is an acronym for Branched Chain Amino Acid. It describes a unique set of amino acids that account for up to 40% of the pre-formed amino acids that the body requires to function. These amino acids are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Despite their necessity, the body cannot manufacture them on its own. We are thus left to consume them from external food sources. They naturally occur in small amounts in protein rich foods like milk, beef, chicken, soy, fish, eggs, baked beans, lentils, cashew nuts and corn among so many more. In supplement form, the body gets them in more concentrated quantities.
How BCAA’s Work
Weight Loss through Muscle Growth Stimulation
The reason why most people looking to build muscle will applaud BCAA’s is because they essentially stimulate the body to build muscle. This happens through the body’s natural Mammalian Target Of Rapamycin, which is referred to as mTOR for short. It sounds like a complex term but it is essentially means a collection of bodily chemicals that instruct the body to create muscle. They are activated in the abundance of certain types of nutrition, such as BCAA’s.
The presence of BCAA’s in your diet stimulates the body’s natural mTOR pathway to direct more bodily resources to building muscle. This muscle is nice and lean, which is perfect for burning off fat because it raises your body’s Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR for short. You see for everything that you do, your muscles get to work burning off fat for the energy that they need for all tasks. So the leaner muscle in your body, the higher your BMR and thus the better for the fat that you will burn off.
BCAA’s For Recovery and Stamina
Building more muscle alone is a great benefit to be enjoyed from having BCAA’s in your nutrition supplementation, but that’s not all. It is also great for decreasing muscle soreness and helping you get back to working out faster, as plenty of research suggests.
BCAAs also make it possible for you to work out for even longer periods of time. The increased presence of BCAA’s in your blood stream makes it possible for the muscles to experience less fatigue as a result.
So, When Is the Best Time to Consume BCAA’s?
Given the time it takes between consumption and actual dissipation into your blood stream, it is advisable to take BCAA’s before you begin your workout. It is a great pre-workout supplement that will boost your gains and stamina as you work for your fitness goals.
When it comes to quality supplementation, none do it better than Nutrology. From us you can expect to get quality BCAA’s, sourced from natural sources without any extra chemical additives. You can rest easy knowing that the BCAA’s we provide give the best results in muscle building and weight loss for you!
Joanne Tull, former Fitness America, Fitness Canada and Fitness Universe finalist. Joanne is a Co-Founder of Nutrology, the naturally based sports nutrition company that has innovated clean label nutritional products used by thousands of athletes, including elites in the NFL, MLB, NHL and Professional Boxing. Having appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports and TSN after finishing a storied athletic career as a state champion, collegiate and national level gymnast. Joanne’s common sense approach to nutrition will educate and motivate people on how to live a healthy lifestyle while balancing career, kids and fitness goals.
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