So we know that amino acids are organic compounds that serve as the building blocks for proteins. We know that some amino acids are considered “essential,” because the body cannot make them on its own. Many of us are familiar with the branched-chain amino acids, commonly referred to as BCAAs in the world of fitness and health, those precursors to proteins (a.k.a. proteinogenic amino acids), like leucine, isoleucine, and valine. But how do they help us lose fat and lean out?
Lose Fat and Build Lean Muscle
Glutamine can block against fat storage while also enhancing energy levels.(1) By counteracting dietary fat storage, Glutamine can help regulate weight. One study has shown glutamine supplementation can result in a loss of body fat as well as reduce cravings for sugar and alcohol. (2) Because of its well-documented effects on fat, energy, and anti-aging, Glutamine is not only available in a pharmaceutical grade powder form as a stand-alone, but it is included in the product formulations for Intra Edg3 and Rx Rejuvenate.
In the Journal of Nutrition, two studies conducted by nutritionist, Donald Layman, PhD, compared a leucine-rich regimen with the typical high-carb American diet. His results concluded that “in studying exercise and how muscle develops, we found that leucine has a particularly unique effect in that it spares muscle proteins during weight loss, so you only lose the fat and not the muscle.”(3) Leucine is an essential amino acid that the body must get from an outside source like Intra Edg3 or Amino Rx-3.
Leucine not only prevents the loss of muscle when you are losing fat, but it can help retain muscle during the aging process. Of course, many of us already know muscle burns more than fat, so keeping that muscle around is important when you are trying to lose weight.
Leucine, isoleucine, and valine have been shown to protect muscles by maintaining strength, aiding in recovery, reducing muscle tissue breakdown and increase rate of lean body mass gained. These essential BCAAs can be found in Amino Rx-3 and Intra Edg3, taken in conjunction with the proper training and diet programs can result in a greater decrease in body fat percentage, and increase in lean mass and strength.(5)
Poor Sleep Affects Your Fact Cells
Did you know that lack of sleep can cause “metabolic grogginess”? This term was used by University of Chicago researchers when they studied subjects who had just four days of poor sleep. Immediately after this sleep deprivation, they noted that the body’s use of insulin had become disrupted. What does that mean? Insulin helps trigger your fat cells to remove fatty acids and lipids from your blood stream and NOT store them. As a body becomes more insulin resistant, excess insulin is produced and fats start getting stored in your tissues.
Plus, lack of sleep can trigger hormones that will stimulate your appetite and slow down your metabolism. Not only that, but poor sleep quality means less of your naturally produced growth hormones to help with anti-aging and less energy to get that exercise in for the day.
GABA or gamma-amino-butyric acid increases the level of Human Growth Hormones (HGH). It is not only critical to proper neuro transmission; it also acts like a natural sedative in the brain.
Amino acids like L-Lysine and Glycine can create more energy and amino acids such as arginine, ornithine, and glutamine, such as those found in Rx Rejuvenate, can promote sleep because they remove ammonia from the body through the liver.
So while there may be more than road to the lean and fit destination you seek, adding in amino acids can certainly help you on your path!
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2. Bowtell, J.L., Gelly, K., Jackman, M.L., Patel, A., Simeoni, M. & Rennie, M.J. (1999) Effect of oral glutamine on whole body carbohydrate storage during recovery from exhaustive exercise, Journal Of Applied Physiology, Volume 86, issue 6, (pp. 1770-1777)
3. Kirchheimer, Sid. (2003) Protein Diet May Prompt Weight Loss. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20030207/protein-diet-may-prompt-weight-loss#1
4. Du Y, Meng, Q., Zhang Q, Guo F. (2012 Aug) Isoleucine or valine deprivation stimulates fat loss via increasing energy expenditure and regulating lipid metabolism in WAT. PubMed.gov PMID: 22016194 DOI: 10.1007/s00726-011-1123-8
5. Stoppani, J., Scheett, T., Pena, J., Rudolph, C. and Charlebois, D. (2009) Consuming a supplement containing branched-chain amino acids during a resistance-training program increases lean mass, muscle strength and fat loss. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Volume 6, Supplement 1. 6(Suppl 1):P1 DOI: 10.1186/1550-2783-6-S1-P1