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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 · August 31, 2013 at 6:22 PM

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 · May 17, 2013 at 9:01 AM

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 · February 02, 2013 at 1:50 PM

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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Kashkillz 0 · February 02, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I love BCAAs for a mid-workout energy boost. I'm not sure if there's chemistry to support that or if it's just psychosomatic. The brand I use (Gaspari) is definitely hydrating... beyond plain water. I can't speak on rebuilding damaged tissue. Try... (more)

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by 30 · December 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

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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Kashkillz 0 · December 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

As far as products I use Gaspari's AmminoLast. I love it. Hydrating, energizing, and delicious.

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by 252 · December 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM

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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chuck_8 0 · December 14, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Have u ever looked into Ori Hofmeklers work ???

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by 2401 · November 19, 2012 at 3:36 AM

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 · October 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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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crightfunnylol 0 · October 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

imo, you dont really need BCAAs, you muscles wont eat themselfs and magicly desapere

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by 1579 · November 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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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raney 0 · July 11, 2012 at 8:11 PM

There are three BCAAs: leucine, isoleucine and valine. Per this source (emphasis is mine), http://pathman.smpdb.ca/pathways/SMP00032/pathway: In muscle, the final products of leucine, isoleucine, and valine catabolism can be fully oxidized... (more)

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by 2401 · October 17, 2012 at 7:19 AM

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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Jason_1 0 · June 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

My workouts are much better when I take BCAAs before and during a workout.

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by 1302 · April 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

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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Chris_33 0 · April 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Unflavored USPlabs BCAAs tastes like crap, so pbo is right with regard to adding some sort of sweetener. Definitely a good product other than that though. Edit: Downgrade? I'm just being honest. :(

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by 305 · April 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

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 442 · January 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

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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HIIT_Man_ 0 · January 04, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Hey Cody aren't you obese? Do you find it hard to type smart ass remarks with your sausage fingers? Fatty

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by 12118 · December 22, 2011 at 7:27 PM

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 8497 · March 02, 2012 at 9:31 AM

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 1066 · November 13, 2011 at 4:26 PM

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 950 · June 06, 2012 at 4:58 PM

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 · September 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

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 1038 · September 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM

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 2192 · February 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

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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Cate 0 · February 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Mitochondria do not metabolism fats.

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by 1073 · September 03, 2011 at 7:26 AM

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 77348 · August 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

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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Primal_NOLA 0 · August 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I might start a separate thread because I have some other very specific questions, but what about MCT oil? I got the idea of supplementing with pharmaceutical grade MCT oil from Dave Aspry's Bulletproof Fasting (bulletproof coffee, bulletproof... (more)

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by 392 · February 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

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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Seth_2 0 · February 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Green tea blunts test production

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by 157 · June 02, 2011 at 3:04 AM

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)

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by 5002 · May 30, 2011 at 9:22 AM

I know that pulling all nighters is bad, but it is something that I have to do every once in a while. So, given that it's a necessity, how can I minimize the damage? Here are some initial ideas: BCAAs to protect lean body mass. Omega 3 to... (more)

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Eric_12 0 · May 30, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Well it is 2AM here... Guess I am up late again on Paleo hacks :-) However my goal is 7 hours of sleep (Last year I averaged 4) I am at about 6.5... I am going to up my goal to 7.5 and see if that helps. and go to bed earlier if I can... 7... (more)