Happy New Year! We are back!
December was dedicated to our fitness apparel line of clothing because the holiday season get's pretty busy over at Brave Angel Shop! So we did not have a challenge for December, but we start our January New Year New You Challenge on the 12th! I know, SO cliche, but who doesn't have something new to strive for when the New Year hits?!
Before the January challenge starts, I want to hit you with some tips and tricks to help you achieve your 2015 fitness goals easier and more efficiently and healthfully too!
I like to keep it short and sweet here on Brave Angel, so I'm not going to get too scientific or detailed when explaining why and how BCAAs will help you lose belly fat (and any excess fat all over your body too!). If you don't have excess body fat to shed or if your fitness goals are to gain lean muscle mass or you are training for a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon...BCAAs will also come into play when it comes to maximizing your training potential.
What are BCAAs?
Simply put, BCAA stands for branched chain amino acid and is made up of three aminos: leucine, isoleucine and valine. BCAAs are essential amino acids, meaning our body can't make them so we have to ingest them via food or supplementation.
The main proteins that you can find BCAAs in are chicken, beef, salmon, eggs, and whey protein. Sometimes it's hard to consume sufficient amounts of these proteins, so that is where supplementation comes in handy. The BCAAs I take (from Bulk Supplements) dissolve in an 6-8 ounce glass of water and are flavorless. Very simple to quickly get my dose in before and after my workouts!
What Can BCAAS Do For Me?
I'm sure you can find something that applies to you in this list below!
Benefits of BCAAs (taken from this article):
BCAA metabolites were found to be a significant indicator of lean mass in a population of young and middle-aged adults.
People who consume a threshold dose of essential amino acids that contain BCAAs with every meal have less visceral belly fat and more muscle mass.
BCAAs trigger protein synthesis and inhibit the breakdown of muscle cells.
In healthy people, BCAAs improve glucose uptake and insulin sensitivity. In diabetics, BCAA dietary intake with other therapeutic interventions may improve metabolic markers.
BCAAs play an important role in muscle and energy production during exercise, which is the reason that they are often used during workouts.
BCAAs convey many health benefits and a higher dietary intake has been identified as a predictor of longevity.
They have been found to reduce muscle soreness from intense muscle-damaging exercise.
They improve training motivation, especially when fatigued.
More Fat Burned for Energy Production VS. Using Muscle Mass for Energy
Effectively & Efficiently Shedding Excess Body Fat!
To sum it up:
- The consumption of BCAAs is linked to less belly fat/more muscle mass.
- BCAAs help build lean muscle, can improve metabolism, & reduce muscle soreness.
- Consuming BCAAs helps to ensure enough protein will be present in your body during your workouts so that it's more likely that your body's fat stores are used for energy production instead of your hard-earned muscle mass!
What Kind, When, & How Much?
I preach organic, wholefoods clean eating so therefore, I demand the cleanest supplements with little-to-no fillers or additives! There are many BCAA supplements on the market to choose from, which can be a bit daunting, so I want to share with you which brand of BCAA I take! I take "Bulk Supplements" BCAAs, I buy the 500g bag which lasts me 2-3 months. I take one serving before and after my workouts for best possible results. There are no other ingredients in it, it's just straight up BCAAs and you dissolve it in a 6-8 ounce glass of water and chug it. There is no taste, it's as simple as that!