Let me start off by saying there is no magic pill or shake that will instantly give you a dream body. When you decide to get started on your fitness journey you must understand that you will need good nutrition, an exercise plan, consistency, and patience to reach your goals. Supplements are not a way to cheat yourself out of working hard but they can help you with your results. I can talk about supplements for hours but I will only talk about the supplements I currently use.
First I'm going to start with my favorite supplement, BCAA’s. BCAA’s stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids and they are the building blocks of protein. In other words when you drink BCAAs your sort of putting a coat of armor over your lean muscle tissue which will prevent your body from using your muscle for fuel. Instead of
using your muscle, BCAAs will promote your body to use the fat cells for energy.
I drink BCAAs through the day because being a full-time employee doesn't allow me to eat every 2-3 hours how I was used to doing for years. I also drink them during my workout to prevent my body from going into the catabolic state (like I mentioned earlier ) and burn my hard earned gains (muscle) LOL. For a good BCAA, I recommend you look at the label for Three ingredients; L-Leucine (The king of amino acids, it ignites protein synthesis), L-Isoleucine ( the amino acid that's good for fat loss), and L-valine ( the amino acid that helps with endurance). The three ingredients need to have a ratio of at least
2:1:1 (2: Leucine to 1: Isoleucine to 1: valine). My top three favorite BCAAs would be Charge Up from slrsupplements.com (Ratio= 2.5: 1.25:1.25), Hi-5 from hardmagnum.com (Ratio= 2:1-1) and Xtend Free, I get them from GNC or One Stop Nutrition (Ratio=3.5: 1.75-1.75). The best Ratio is 3:1-1 and studies show that anything more than 5 is just wasting your money.
I know a lot of people who love using this supplement and others who hate it. Its really up to the individual because people react differently to it. I use pre-workout every day before my workout, I personally like the ones that give me clean energy and don't make me feel like I'm on crack or like I have to clean my entire house (It has happened before!!) LOL. When trying pre-workout I recommend you always take half a scoop, otherwise, you could end up feeling sick from the amount of caffeine or other stimulants and have a crappy workout.
My favorites are Limitless from hardmagnum.com, Pre-up from slrsupplements.com and Dr.Jerkyll that I get at GNC or One Stop Nutrition.
L-Carnitine is a fat metabolizer, so that means it helps your body burn fat. Its found in things like avocados, beef, and lamb. If you were to try to get your recommended daily intake of
L-carnitine off just food then you could go over your daily caloric goal which makes taking this supplement a lot easier. This supplement can help you speed fat loss goals and improve your performance during your workout, It helps by converting fatty acids into fuel that your body can use for energy.
I prefer taking L-carnitine in liquid form because it's easier for me, and I get the recommended dose in one 15 mg shot lol. My husband, on the other hand, likes to take a mix of L-carnatine with CLA (CLA reduces fat mass, while increasing lean body mass). For him its easier to mix in his water and go. I don't want to leave you guys wondering what CLA is so ill briefly explain.
CLA is a good fat found in foods like meat, cheese, and dairy products but in really low levels so getting the recommended dose is really hard unless you also eat high amounts of saturated fat (bad fat). A number of studies have shown that CLA reduces fat mass while increasing lean body mass. CLA is good for everyone and can really benefit you in combination with a good weight training program.
Last but not least I will talk about my second favorite, protein powder. I personally like taking whey isolate protein because it's less carbohydrate and less fat. It's basically just more protein (what I want). I don't use protein powder as a meal replacement because it would be like eating 110 calories and id be starving lol. I use it after my workout because protein powder is best for raising amino acids to help trigger protein synthesis to initiate recovery. I recommend using good quality protein like the ones in the pictures below because after your workout your body needs nutrients and whey protein is the fastest digesting protein so your body will break it down and put to good use the fastest. Now if you want a slow digesting protein like before you go to bed then I recommend a casein protein. As far as a meal replacement, I only drink Shakeology because it has a lot of the superfoods that keep me healthy, regular and strong.
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Now let's go make some GAINZZZZ.