What are BCAAs? How can they be beneficial for losing fat? How to use them? Nutrimuscle answers your questions.
- How to lose fat with BCAAs?
- What are BCAAs?
- BCAAs help burn fat
- How to properly use BCAAs?
How to lose fat with BCAAs?
When you go on a diet, the priority is often to lose weight. To eliminate excess pounds, the strategy used is generally caloric restriction combined with cardio-type physical activity. If thanks to this, you can effectively lose weight, the risk is to eliminate more muscle and lean mass than fat. Result: you will have actually lost weight on the scale, but in front of your mirror, your excess fat will not have really disappeared.
Why that ? To put it simply, if you reduce your calorie intake, you risk causing a change in your metabolism. Your body will thus adapt by consuming less and storing more, which can paradoxically result in weight gain. If your energy intake is insufficient and you also practice an intense sports activity, you will quickly find yourself in a “catabolic” state. Your muscle fibers will then be degraded to produce energy.
In order to avoid this disastrous situation during your workouts and to optimize your dryness, supplementation with BCAAs is an excellent solution.
What are BCAAs?
BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) are part of the essential amino acids: they cannot be synthesized by our own body, so they must be provided by food or supplementation.
BCAAs are essential in bodybuilding because they provide the body with energy to maintain the level of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) present in the muscle fibers, allowing muscle contraction during effort.
BCAAs also help to better resist fatigue. During physical exertion, the level of Tryptophan entering the brain increases, triggering the formation of serotonin which increases physiological and psychological fatigue. An additional supply of BCAAs limits the entry of Tryptophan into the brain and therefore reduces fatigue.
BCAAs therefore improve your performance in training. Besides that, they can also help you burn fat.
BCAAs help burn fat
Taking BCAAs helps strengthen your muscle integrity and keep your metabolism at a high level. This will help you both keep your muscle mass and avoid fat gain.
Leucine, an amino acid found in BCAAs, specifically helps stimulate anabolism, increase energy expenditure and burn more fat. Indeed, by taking BCAAs during training, the body will mobilize fat as an energy source instead of drawing on the amino acid reserves present in the muscles.
Researchers have been very interested in this link between BCAAs and fat loss. A recent study (1) showed that BCAA supplementation in trained people performing resistance exercise and a low-calorie diet helped maintain lean body mass, preserve muscle while reducing body fat.
In addition, the great advantage of BCAAs is that they specifically target abdominal fat, which is generally the one you want to eliminate first.
How to properly use BCAAs?
We advise you to take your BCAAs with your meals, in combination with foods rich in animal protein or in your protein shaker. This will make more amino acids available to your body, improving your muscle rebuilding and recovery after a workout.
We advise you to take your BCAAs around training in order to increase your energy, reduce your fatigue and better oxidize your fats. Our mix advice for supplementation during training:
- 10g of Nutrimuscle BCAAs
- 20g of Nutrimuscle Nutri-Fibres
- 20g of Peptopro Nutrimuscle
If you are under 35, we advise you to take Nutrimuscle Resistance BCAAs (2 measures of Leucine, 2 measures of Valine, 1 measure of Isoleucine) because the assimilation of Valine is less good when you are young.
If you are over 35, we advise you to take Nutrimuscle Builder BCAAs (4 measures of Leucine, 1 measure of Valine, 1 measure of Isoleucine) because the assimilation of Leucine decreases from the age of 35.