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by 0 · September 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM

It's a question that has been posed on here a few times, some paleo purist being vehemently against supplementing additional amino-acids, but I was curious about an allegation(for which I can't find the article at the moment) about BCAA's... (more)

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by 0 · about 19 hours ago

Hey people, I am doing Hill sprints in the morning and I am confused about my pre workout nutrition. I want to do it fasted and just have some coffee, vitamin c and BCAA before my workout but im not sure if the combination is going to help me with... (more)

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GruffaloUnchained 0 · August 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Does anyone remember how good four heaped scoops of JACK3D was lol. Holy shit!

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by 10 · about 19 hours ago

I am a bit confused as to what these two are and why athletes take them. I have done some research on these two supplements, but when I feel encouraged to buy them I always back down, because I want to eat or be as natural as possible. Excuse me... (more)

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Albert83BCN 0 · May 16, 2013 at 8:23 AM

BCAA are branched-chain amino-acids consisting of leucine, isoleucine and valine. You can think of them as the ultimate broken down form of the proteins you would eat through diet, only that in these case there are just 3 of those amino-acids... (more)

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by 1495 · about 20 hours ago

Hi all, I'm having trouble with recovery post exercise (ever since a bad injury almost a year ago). Been really cautious about what I eat after, not overdoing it, taking lots of rest. I'm down to 2-3 days of weight training (about 30 minutes of... (more)

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raydawg 0 · February 02, 2013 at 1:50 PM

The idea behind fasted training is to provide several benefits: a) If you fast long enough you start autophagy which cleans up the dead and broken proteins inside your cells, and it also signals the immune system to start cleaning up viruses and... (more)

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by 30 · about 20 hours ago

So my coach has put his foot down and recommended I get into BCAAs.. I am a female 5'9' 25 years weigh between 63-65kg. I eat paleo (have been for the last 6 months) roughly 9000 calories per week with roughly 45-50%fat, 25-30% protein, 20-25%... (more)

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jake_7 0 · December 23, 2012 at 3:07 AM

bcaas are particularly good because of the amino acid leucine. its the only dietary amino acid that can stimulate protein synthesis. it also triggers muscle growth and endurance among a lot of other really great things. bcaas are primarily... (more)

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by 252 · about 20 hours ago

Hey fellow PH'rs, Have a couple quick questions. To make a long story short, due to college finals and holidays and various family events, I have taken up the Body By Science workout protocol to increase strength/conditioning with minimal time... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · December 14, 2012 at 3:17 AM

Depends on your goals and your current condition. Low carb + 16h fasting + occasional 24h fasts + Body by science + college classes/finals seems like a recipe for way too much stress on your body. I wouldn't worry about a 24h fast, most of the... (more)

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by 2407 · about 20 hours ago

BCAA raise insulin to a high degree. So if you take them pre training during a fasted workout session, would you not shut of the very process increased fat burning you are trying to achieve by fasted training by raising insulin? If insulin is... (more)

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KA24 0 · November 19, 2012 at 3:36 AM

The difference comes with the type of Insulin response. BCAA's will stimulate acute Insulin response from the turning on or beginning of protein synthesis. Unlike a heavy carbohydrate or carbohydrate + protein meal, BCAA's will not cause a... (more)

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by 1181 · about 20 hours ago

Hello All: I am Celiac and would really like to try some IF training, but finding a registered gluten free brand for BCAA is really tough. To all non-Celiac people: YES, it must be certified. Cross-contamination really messes me up. I realize... (more)

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Andy_1 0 · August 16, 2012 at 3:23 AM

NOW foods BCAAs are gluten free (well, it says so on the bottle, not sure about "registered gluten free").

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by 1578 · about 20 hours ago

BCAA is recommended to perserve muscle while fasting but it also releases insulin almost at the rate of glucose (from what I read). Doesn't insulin prevent HGH? So if I use BCAA during a IF, HGH gets blunted? Isn't HGH a pottent fat burner &... (more)

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MarcPH 0 · November 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

This answer's coming a little late, but I think it's worth noting BCAA's are usually only recommended if you plan on doing heavy lifting in a fasted state. The research that supports IF, which is not eating for brief periods of time, also supports... (more)

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by 2407 · about 20 hours ago

Im VLC/ZC Keto adapted. If I touch carbs, PWO refeed or otherwise, even 50g, I get these symptoms: -Flush in the face -Foggy and sleepy -Irritable -HUNGRY Thing is, other things besides carbs that supposedly raise insulin give me the same... (more)

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Touch_the_Clouds 0 · June 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

My experience with VLC/ZC led to adverse reactions to everything you mentioned and it got to the point that anything sweet triggered the same reaction, even artifical sweeteners that weren't supposed to. I'd also feel dizzy and nauseous and just... (more)

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by 2407 · about 20 hours ago

I'm fat adapted keto; meat, fat, and greens. No carbs; I'm sensitive and they make me feel hungry and irritable. I have ZERO PROBLEMS motivating myself to push hard in the gym, ZERO PROBLEMS staying pumped to the last set, ZERO PROBLEMS with... (more)

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Mike_T_1 0 · June 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

If you want to gain more muscle, why not just try it for a while and see if it works? It likely won't cause any damage, right? Maybe a no regret move? If you want more of a whole food alternative, this site says that the whites from 2 hard... (more)

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by 1314 · about 20 hours ago

I am starting a LeanGains-inspired weight training program and Martin recommends 10g of BCAAs immediately before and immediately after fasted training. I travel a lot so I'd rather buy a smaller container of BCAA powder (and I do want powder... (more)

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Alan_1 0 · April 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

You may be interested to read this. BCAA Supplementation Hinders the Benefits of Truly Fasted Training (more)

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by 305 · about 20 hours ago

Interested in trying the leangains approach to dieting and weight training. I would be doing my training in the early morning (at approximately 7am) each time, and would want my 8 hour "feeding block" to occur from 12 30-8 30pm each day for... (more)

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Casey_1 0 · February 07, 2012 at 3:26 AM

I've read about substituting 2 hard boiled egg whites (50 cals) instead of BCAA powder or even a scoop of Whey. That's pretty cost effective. http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.com/2011/12/protein-powders-before-fasted-weight.html Makes sense to me. (more)

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by 430 · about 20 hours ago

I currently do Crossfit 2x a week fasted with BCAA's and My macros will be less fat/more carbs on those days. EDITED: Someone asked what my CF workout is like usually and I would say 10-15 minute warm up, stretching, and a 12-15 minute or so... (more)

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miked_2 0 · January 04, 2012 at 12:05 AM

John Welbourn has a pretty good rant on this: don't mix-and-match programs! There's a reason the programs are designed the way they are. If you want to do Leangains, do Leangains. If you want to do HIIT, then do HIIT. If you want MEBB, do... (more)

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by 12174 · about 20 hours ago

I recently ordered some BCAA to use in conjunction with occasional heavy lifting days (meaning I'd be probably consuming one serving once or twice weekly). I didn't see any indicator in the product info on the retailer's site about... (more)

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HamHock 0 · December 22, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Have you checked on Kellymom? Here is the link. There is another site that I can't remember, but I will try to find a link for you. http://www.kellymom.com/health/index.html (more)

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by 8574 · about 20 hours ago

02.03.2012: For archive sake, just to say that in the end I learnt to get out of bed and have since been on the standard leangains.com: Early Morning Fasted Training. I am interested in working with the Leangains IF guide but wondered if there... (more)

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Casey_1 0 · November 14, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Here's something that works well for me, in fact I'm doing it today: 06:00 wake up 17:00 small meal (~200c protein, not much else) 18:30 10g BCAAs 19:00 workout 20:00 Feast of a thousand carbs! 22:00-22:30 bedtime (more)

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by 1078 · about 20 hours ago

Leangains suggests that for the optimal workout one should ingest 10g of BCAAs/EEAs or 30g of whey. Obviously this is not paleo. But is there any reason to reject it beyond the sensible heuristic that non-paleo things are unhealhty? I've read... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · November 13, 2011 at 3:59 PM

A few artcles over at MDA on the topic may help you... (more)

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by 951 · about 20 hours ago

After doing a little research, it's clear that the primary recommendation for people worried about muscles loss etc. while training fasted is a regimen of BCAAs. But I was wondering if there were any other ideas that get tossed around as a... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · September 18, 2011 at 7:46 PM

L-glutamine (taken sublingually or orally without any other amino-acid/protein food for increased absorption) is another option as it directly supports cellular energetics in a variety of tissues. L-glutamine supplementation is also considered to... (more)

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by 454 · about 20 hours ago

So I avidly crossfit and have been looking to up my strength and muscle gains overall lately. I have been moving toward a more strength based training program and just was wondering about the effectiveness of Supplementation. I already use... (more)

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raydawg 0 · September 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

The only problem I've ever had with creatine is that it seems to mess with water retention. This isn't a problem at all, but it affects the crappy fat scale monitor that I own which I use to test whether what I'm doing works or not. (It then... (more)

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by 1048 · about 20 hours ago

Training late before bed as its the easiest time for me, I tried waking up early in the morning past few weeks and it doesn't work well vs evenings. I'm trying to eat 2 main meals a day for weight loss/maintenance and to simplify my life,... (more)

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Jon_3 0 · September 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I would stop the PWO since you state your goal is to lose weight. Then, track your performance numbers and see if they are consistent. If your numbers are in fact consistent, continue without PWO nutrition. If you see a strong delineation in... (more)

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by 2179 · about 20 hours ago

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12162411 "Carbohydrate-rich meals are used as a late evening snack in cirrhotic patients, but our study indicates that supplementation with a BCAA mixture can also be used to reduce fat oxidation in the early... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · September 08, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Yes they do. Anything that spikes insulin turns off all fat burning at the mitochondria

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by 1072 · about 20 hours ago

Hi all, I'm usually ruthless with label reading [I prefer my foods to not need one] but I've read good things about getting essential aminos into your diet. So I bought this:http://goo.gl/Tr8Zs - and then read the label. It has an impressive AA... (more)

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peter_5 0 · August 18, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Cheap Supplements brand on bodybuilding.com is 100% BCAA, nothing added.

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by 78417 · about 20 hours ago

What do you take if anything before going to the gym/box. I always go shortly after I wake up. Was taking 10mg BCAA in form of Xtend via Leangains. Also take 200mg caffeine. Switching to Purple Wraath for Beta-Alinine. What about arginine or... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · June 10, 2011 at 5:23 AM

I think you got it covered bro. BCAA, caffeine, and creatine and you should be good to go.

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by 418 · about 20 hours ago

I use Scivation Xtend and 200mg of caffeine now pre-workout. Going to switch to Purple Wraath and 200 mg of caffeine soon. Anyone take BCAA tablets or use purple wraath?

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · June 08, 2011 at 11:40 PM

I've been taking 5mg BCAA fasted pre-workout in the morning (along with some coffee or tea) and feel like it definitely helps my workouts. Right now I'm pretty much VLC Primal (eating cheese and other high-fat low sugar dairy) and have also... (more)

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by 157 · about 20 hours ago

I practice IF and I workout fasted. I wish to supplement with BCAA and I bought,for very cheap,the product by solgar. However,the package does not clarify some things.I believe that the dose I can get by taking 2 pills is much lower that the 10g... (more)

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peter_5 0 · June 02, 2011 at 3:04 AM

the dose from 2 caps appears to be 1.2g. So you would need to be taking 8-9 doses, ie 16-18 caps. You should just buy the powder. I got some from bodybuilding.com pretty cheap. it tastes shit, but 2teaspoons is 10g. most of the BCAA's aren't... (more)