BCAA- What Is It?

So Much to Choose From

Have you ever walked into a health and supplement store and were bombarded with signs all over promoting products with BCAA? I know I sure have. We went into the GNC one day because my husband wanted to get pre-workout to help him build  muscle mass. I also wanted to do some research and find a supplement that I could use to tone down and get more lean.

Obviously I wanted to do it a natural way instead of trying to cheat the system with pills or surgery (not that I could afford it anyway lmao) so the GNC store seemed to be the best solution. We talked with the salesman and my husband got his big jar of whatever but I noticed that the same term kept being repeated, “BCAA”.

I thought to myself what the heck is BCAA? Then as the two men continued to talk about other products, I started seeing the letters on alot of the merchandise around me. It has to be something good, I guessed so I asked, “What is BCAA for?”

 

What is BCAA?

“BCAA,” he said, “are branch chained amino acids and they help boost your metabolism.” I’m no dummy but i wasn’t exactly sure what he meant by that. I’ll be honest, I was still overwhelmed by all the different powders, protein bars and ripped men and women displayed on all the signage to be truly paying attention lol.

A boost in your metabolism means you are burning fat faster. THIS, I thought, was exactly what I needed. I was just getting back into the rhythm of excersizing and I figured I could use all the help I could get. Stay at home mom’s afterall,  don’t really get that much freetime in all honesty. It’s kind of hard to workup a good sweat when you have a toddler who constantly wants to play! But if you are one of those parents who actually CAN be a homemaker and juggle your workouts and kids then more power to ya! I, however am not one of them lol!

The gentleman seemed to be extremely knowledgeable and wasn’t just trying to make a sale. He let us try samples of different flavors of preworkouts like the Beyond Raw Precision BCAA anabolic recovery & power output in the flavor Iced Tea/Lemonade (this is the flavor my husband bought lol he loves his Arnold Palmers!) He uses this as a pre-workout.

 

 

What is Pre-workout?

This product, and those like it are generally mixed with water and consumed before and sometimes during your workouts
to keep you hydrated, energized and minimize soreness after your workout. Alot of times people will also take a post workout supplement, many in the form of a protein powder added to water or lowfat/almond milk to make a shake. These are specifically geared towards making sure your muscles aren’t aching after your workout whether it was light cardio, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or weight lifting. Different products are geared toward different goals so I wouldn’t recommend just going out and buying any old supplement. Definitely do your research as some are more for building mass where as others such as the Scivations XTEND Ripped in watermelon lime (which is what I take) boost your metabolism and help with leaning out.

I mix 1 scoop with 15oz of water (the directions say 14 but I find it is a tad strong for me so. I add an ounce to dilute the flavor a bit) and sip on it throughout my workout. The guy at the GNC store told me not to eat breakfast before if I’m working out in the morning but I still eat a very light breakfast beforehand because it’s actually bad for you to skip breakfast. Your body needs replenishing after not eating for so many hours throughout the night. Although I can understand why he said to wait to eat. The BCAA formula will then target the stored fat as energy rather than your breakfast but this is just one personal preference that I have lol I’m not skipping breakfast!

As always, I recommend asking someone knowledgeable, or even your doctor, which supplements are right for which goals. Like I said before, if you are like me and trying to tone down and lose weight, you don’t to take a mass builder supplement as it’s job is to boost muscle growth and build those nice juicy muscles like these:

Calm down ladies (and gents) he’s taken  🙂

 

But overall, have fun with your journey, whatever your goals! Be sure to read the labels if you’re keeping an eye out for any particular ingredient to include or to stay away from with your diet (that goes with anything you consume). If tasty supplements and shakes such as these will help the process then, why not?

 

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