BCAAs, or branched-chain amino acids are the building blocks of muscle protein; these are Valine, Leucine and Iso-leucine. These three amino acids are part of the essential amino acids, meaning your body can’t produce them so you need to get them through your diet. Why are these three so important? BCAAs make up approximately 1/3 of your muscle protein! This makes supplementation absolutely essential if you are trying to increase muscle tone, improve your performance, or trying to cut body fat.

 

So how do BCAAs help during a fat loss diet?

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably also noticed the lack of energy, mood swings, muscle soreness, cravings, and reduced productivity. BCAAs are essential for you as they prevent muscle wasting and give you energy while you are cutting down; this helps to keep your muscle tone so that all your hard work isn’t lost! Unfortunately, this is also an area that a lot of people overlook which results in muscle loss. Losing muscle means getting weaker, slowing down your metabolism, and potentially ending up “skinny fat”. Skinny fat is the term used to describe people who look slim from a distance but, up close, are soft, lack muscle tone, and still have a relatively high body fat percentage.

 

BCAAs preserve muscle glycogen stores – your muscles are loaded with glycogen which is another name for stored carbohydrate. Each muscle has its’ own stores and those stores are local i.e. the glycogen in your legs is for your leg muscles.

Once your glycogen stores are depleted, your body turns to your muscles to make extra fuel, bringing your workout to a halt. However, because BCAAs can be metabolised and used by your muscles for energy, glycogen stores will be preserved which, in turn, prevents muscle break down.


BCAAs help prevent unwanted muscle breakdown – exercise is catabolic which means it breaks your muscles down. Consuming BCAAs before, during, and after exercise can help prevent muscle breakdown which in turn will preserve your metabolic rate.


BCAAs are a calorie-free way to recover after exercise – if you eat properly after a workout, any damage to your muscles will be repaired so they become stronger. BUT if you are dieting for fat loss, you can’t eat as much which actually undermines your recovery. BCAAs, despite being virtually calorie-free, play an important role in lean muscle growth and repair and can be used in place of protein to help kick start recovery.


BCAAs help fire up fat loss – BCAAs increase fat burning! They increase glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity and, by boosting workout performance and preserving muscle mass, allow you to burn more calories during workouts. Also, a serving of whey protein powder contains 120 calories while a serving of BCAAs contains 10 calories or less so using BCAAS in place of at least some of your protein can save you a lot of calories.


Reduced muscle soreness - when taken during or after your workout, BCAAs help to reduce muscle soreness from training. How does this help with fat loss? Well, after a big workout, you don’t wake up feeling so sore that you can’t move - this means you can train again, and keep your eyes on the prize instead of having to take 2-3 days off. Improved consistency means improved results


Why Beyond BCAAs?

They not only contain the proper ratio of 2:1:1, they also contain a full B-Vitamin spectrum (which is lacking in vegans), Citrulline Malate and Alpha HICA to improve recovery, along with naturally sourced electrolytes and energy. Beyond BCAA also contains no cheap fillers, has delicious flavors and is only 5 calories per serving!

BCAAs are extremely beneficial during a weight loss diet and for working out. However, if you are burning more calories than you need and want to avoid a loss of muscle and performance, Beyond BCAA supplementation helps you keep that body shape you’ve been fighting so hard for.