bcaas

When I started the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet I had never heard of BCAAs.  I am not a body builder and have no desire to be one or even live that lifestyle, but I really like what Joel Marion has to say about the science of metabolism and fat loss and my system needs a major reboot.  That is why I am completing this 25 day program.

But, not being a body builder and not know about all the various supplements they take, I had some questions.  What are BCAAs?  Why do I have to take them?  How much do I take?  Where do I get them?

As I see what others are asking about them, I also see that people are having a hard time interpreting the label and determining how many pills they need to take.

So, I thought I would take a few minute and share what I have learned and give you a few resources.  I am not a doctor or a trainer or a nutritionist or anyone with any expertise in this.  I am simply following the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet and searched out some additional information I thought some others might find helpful.  Please do not take this information as gospel.  Do your own research and by all means talk to an expert if you have any concerns.

What are BCAAs

BCAA  stands for Branch Chain Amino Acids.  Amino Acids are the “building blocks of Protein”.  Proteins are made up of strings of amino acids.  BCAA are just a specific kind of amino acids that contains a branch in it’s molecular structure.

When we eat protein, it is broken down into amino acids which are then used by our bodies in different ways.  How efficiently we absorb these amino acids varies greatly depending on the quality of the food we eat and differs in different kinds of protein (dairy vs. meat for example).

So, BCAAs are really just the basic fundamentals of proteins in a pill.

Why am I taking BCAA on my fast day?

BCAAs make up about a third of the bodies amino acids and are an essential component of skeletal muscle mass.  The purpose of taking them on the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet fast day is to prevent the loss of muscle mass that would typically go along with the giant caloric deficit we are creating on this day.

How Much Do I Take?

These calculation are specific to the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet and the amounts are just for the fast day.  If you are not using this system, please follow the dosage recommendations on the package.

For the fast day you want to take .3 grams (or 300 mg) per pound of total weight.  You want to take this total amount and split it by six so you can take it six times a day.

Let’s use me as an example…

.3 x 163 lbs = 48.9 grams BCAA per day

Six servings of 8.15 grams

Now lets look at how to determine how many pills to take.  It will very likely be unclear what amount of BCAA will be in each pill so you will need to look at the label and do some math.

On the nutritional label of your BCAA bottle it will list the total amount of BCAAs per serving.  This will likely be broken down on the label by specific amino acids.  You want to add up the amounts listed for each amino acid.  The amino acids start with an L- .    This doesn’t mean per pill though.  It will say how many pills per serving.

For example, my bottle of MRM BCAA+G 6000 says that each serving contains 6000 mg ( = 6 grams ).

There are five pills per serving…

6000 mg / 5 pills = 1200 mg per pill ( = 1.2 grams/pill )

OK, so I need 8.15 grams per serving.

8.15 /1.2 = 6.79 pills per serving

Now we all know you can’t take a part of a capsule so I take 6 pills for a couple of servings and seven for a couple of serving to make it work out.

Close enough.

Where can I get BCAAs?

I got mine at my local natural supplement store, but you can easily get them online as well.

I use the MRM brand and they are available on Amazon for a pretty reasonable price, quite a bit less than what I paid.

Amazon:  MRM BCAA+G 6000 High Potency Formula

Amazon:  Browse BCAA Supplements

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I hope that this information has been helpful and good luck on your journey.